Help an Urban Wildlife Sanctuary Grow

Dorrance Property Land Campaign at Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary

Camper ponding in Lake Talaquega
Ponding in Lake Talaquega

Campaign Progress


We did it!

Thanks to many generous donors, we were able to purchase the Dorrance property (also known as Norma’s Woods)! This significant expansion of Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary will expand our trails, protect ecologically sensitive areas, and provide better sanctuary access through public transportation. This also brings us closer to connecting Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary and Attleboro Springs Wildlife Sanctuary!

Thank you to all who helped to make this vision a reality.

Mass Audubon has the opportunity to purchase 25 acres of open land adjacent to Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary in Attleboro, offered for sale by the Dorrance family.

To make this happen, we need your support to raise the necessary $375,000 by June 2019.

Why This Matters

Located in the densely populated city of Attleboro, and situated on a public transportation route, Oak Knoll provides important benefits to both people and wildlife.

More than 20,000 people live within a two-mile radius of the sanctuary, making it one of the most significant settings for Mass Audubon to connect people with nature. School programs and summer camp are just some of the educational opportunities offered for the community, serving over 10,000 youth and adults annually.

The addition of this land will:

  • Expand Oak Knoll and its trail system
  • Double the core area of protected forest
  • Protect endangered species habitat
  • Ensure good water quality and healthy pond habitat at Lake Talaquega–the focus of outdoor environmental programs at the sanctuary
Dorrance property on a map
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Protection of the Dorrance property will bring us just one additional parcel away from creating a 275-acre open space corridor in Attleboro. Open space corridors are important because they help plants and animals move as needed in a changing climate.

Mass Audubon is reaching out to landowners to create this permanent link, which would physically connect Oak Knoll to Attleboro Springs Wildlife Sanctuary. This sister sanctuary, located 1.5 miles to the north, includes a universally accessible All Persons Trail with rope-guides, audio tour interpretation, large print, Braille, and tactile format resources.

How You Can Help

We can’t take this important conservation step without your support! To turn the option into a purchase, we need to raise $375,000 by June 2019.

Please consider making a gift today to help make this vision a reality.

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To learn more, or make a gift by phone, please contact Liz Albert at 781-259-2104 or by email.