Climate Education at Our Wildlife Sanctuaries

Solar array and interpretation panel at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
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Mass Audubon sanctuaries are beautiful places where visitors can come to understand the local impacts of climate change and how to take action. As individuals, by working in our communities, and by supporting climate policy, we can effect dramatic positive change at the community level.

We provide educational information through visitor experience, public programs, and community engagement. 

Climate Change Education Through Visitor Experience

With increasing investment, our wildlife sanctuaries are destinations for learning about climate change science, land stewardship techniques, personal carbon footprint reduction, incentive programs for homeowner green energy conversions and energy efficiency, and other community climate change groups such as Green Communities. Some examples:

  • Green energy installations with accompanying graphic explanations to demonstrate the potential of renewable energy.
  • “Green Trails” at many of our nature centers point out the clean energy and sustainable building features. Learn More >
  • “Climate is Changing” posters introduce visitors to the challenges of climate change and what children and adults can do to address the challenge. See Examples >

Climate Change Education Through Public Programs

Mass Audubon is in a unique position to reach approximately 250,000 adults and children each year throughour school, camp, and educational programs. To do this, we are:

  • Providing best climate change education resources and training all Mass Audubon educators so that they can present climate change confidently and accurately through science-based lessons
  • Emphasizing to program participants and students how climate change is impacting the things that people care about (nature, water resources, and health) and appeal to the inherent human connection to nature.
  • Sharing best practices across the organization and with the elementary and secondary school  educators that our educators work with across the state.