Mass Audubon Making “Winter Recess” Extra Special Feb. 13–28 with More Get-Outside Programs and Free Admission to Select Sanctuaries During School Vacation Week

Release Date:
February 12, 2021
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LINCOLN, MA—Who doesn’t love recess? Make the most of Mass Audubon’s “Winter Recess,” which is offering  programs and activities beginning Saturday, February 13 and running through the end of the month that invite children and families to enjoy the outdoors in winter.

There’s a full range of fun and engaging opportunities to check out, from Vacation Week options at Mass Audubon’s statewide network of wildlife sanctuaries to at-home and online programs and “Nature Play Days,” all of which encourage families to connect with the natural world during the colder months.

And thanks to support from Highland Street Foundation and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, Mass Audubon will be offering free admission at five of its wildlife sanctuaries in eastern Massachusetts, one each day during school vacation week.

From Monday, February 15 through Friday, February 19, the public is invited to visit a different wildlife sanctuary each day, free of charge. You must reserve online in advance for free admission.

Participating wildlife sanctuaries include:

  • Drumlin Farm in Lincoln; Monday, February 15
  • Broadmoor in Natick; Tuesday, February 16
  • Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton; Wednesday, February 17
  • Museum of American Bird Art in Canton (gallery and trails); Thursday, February 18
  • Ipswich River in Topsfield; Friday, February 19

Winter can be a season of discovery and awe for young people, and “Winter Recess” is a terrific way to make those introductions in a safe and fun manner. To register and learn more, please visit

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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