Military Families Offered Free Admission to Wildlife Sanctuaries Through Labor Day
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA.—Mass Audubon is inviting active duty members of the military and their families to enjoy its statewide network of wildlife sanctuaries free of charge through Labor Day, September 7.
With Mass Audubon re-opening trails at nearly all its wildlife sanctuaries from the Berkshires to the Cape and Islands, we welcome our country’s service men and women (including National Guard and Reserve) to explore nature and observe wildlife.
Service members/families need only present a valid military ID card to sanctuary staff, and the offer applies to a maximum of five people per ID card.
Mass Audubon Vice President for Wildlife Sanctuaries and Programs Gail Yeo noted the value of connecting with nature, especially during COVID-19.
“The natural world offers both physical and emotional benefits, particularly in times of stress and uncertainty,” Yeo said. “We hope our sanctuaries not only encourage service men and women and their families to enjoy walks in the outdoors and nature discovery, but also to serve as places of solace and restoration.”
Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 160,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.