Woman holding binoculars Join today and get outside at one of our 60+ wildlife sanctuaries.
Woman holding binoculars Join today and get outside at one of our 60+ wildlife sanctuaries.
Atop a green grassy hill overlooking a forest with water below. Mountains off in the distance.
Pleasant Valley, Lenox © Nicole Marcotte

Doctor-Prescribed Nature Through the Culture Rx Program

January 17, 2022

It's well known that "nature's bounty" includes healthful benefits for body and mind. Now, such benefits offered at our Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries will be directly available to patients of three Berkshire health care providers through the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Cultural/Social Rx initiative.

Patients can receive a Culture Rx voucher from their doctor, offering individuals and families the chance to experience the restorative benefits of being in nature.

Research shows that spending just two hours a week in nature can make us happier and healthier. Mass Audubon is thrilled to partner with the Massachusetts Cultural Council to offer these important benefits to Berkshire residents and families.

Visitors—including from the community health centers—can enjoy inviting trails for all abilities; habitats such as woodlands, open fields, and wetlands; and lovely landscape views. There are three voucher options through the Culture Rx program:

Option #1: Mass Audubon Family Membership

Mass Audubon members enjoy free admission to our spectacular statewide network of wildlife sanctuaries, offering hundreds of miles of trails and landscapes to explore. Receive discounts on programs, camps, and gift shop purchases, plus a free subscription to our Explore member newsletter. Learn about the benefits of membership

Option #2: Mass Audubon Family Membership + Free Nature Program*

In addition to a family membership, sign up for a free in-person nature program (up to 4 people may participate). Mass Audubon offers nature-based programs for families, children, and teens in every season. Browse upcoming programs

Option #3: Mass Audubon Family Membership + Free Nature Program* + Camp Scholarship**

Get the most out of a Culture Rx voucher with a family membership, a free nature program, and a camp scholarship. At Berkshire Nature Camp, campers ages 3-17 have fun and make friends as they discover nature, explore trails, and learn about wildlife. Learn more about camp

*Based on availability
**A limited number of camp scholarships are available. Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need.

How to Redeem a Culture Rx Voucher

Step 1: Obtain a Voucher From Your Doctor

The Culture Rx voucher card you receive from your doctor will list the three options described above. The first step is to decide which of the options you'd like to redeem!

Step 2: Contact the Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Call 413-637-0320 
  • Email [email protected] 
  • Visit Canoe Meadows and speak to our admissions staff