Wonderfund Card Added to Programs Offering Free Access to Wildlife Sanctuaries
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA.—Furthering its commitment to connect people of all ages and backgrounds to nature, Mass Audubon is now participating in the Wonderfund Access Card program, which serves thousands of children engaged with Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) foster care.
Through the Wonderfund card program, DCF foster families can now enjoy free access (for up to four individuals per visit) to Mass Audubon’s network of wildlife sanctuaries, which stretches from Cape Cod and the Islands to the Berkshires.
Wonderfund, which currently serves more than 5,000 DCF foster families statewide, joins other programs for which Mass Audubon is a participating partner year-round, including EBT Card to Culture, ConnectorCare Card to Culture, and Blue Star Families.
Providing opportunities to a full range of cultural, educational, and recreational activities helps to meet crucial developmental and educational needs faced by many foster children. Spending time out of doors—including at Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries—can help people forge connections with the natural world that will last a lifetime.
“Mass Audubon is making access to nature for people of all ages, experiences, and family backgrounds an organization-wide priority,” said Mass Audubon Director of Coastal and West Region Stephen Hutchinson. “That’s why we’re excited about partnering with Wonderfund, and we share its commitment to helping foster families and children enjoy the broadest community engagement possible.”
Mass Audubon protects more than 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts' largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state's natural treasures for wildlife and for all people's vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women.
Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that get over 225,000 kids and adults outdoors every year. With more than 135,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for today's and future generations. We welcome you to explore a nearby sanctuary, find inspiration, and get involved. Learn how at www.massaudubon.org.