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 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 140,000 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.