Volunteer Day at Mass Audubon
April 9, 2014

Mass Audubon’s eighth annual Statewide Volunteer Day takes place on Saturday, April 26. This year, the theme of the conservation organization is “Work for Wildlife” and there are numerous projects to tackle at 16 of its wildlife sanctuaries, from helping to prepare garden sites and nature play areas to trail clearing and removal of invasive species .

“Statewide Volunteer Day goes to the heart of our mission, inspiring our members and staff as well as the general public to help with the spring cleaning at our sanctuaries,” said Mass Audubon President Henry Tepper. “It’s also a terrific family event, and a great way to connect children and teenagers with nature.”

At last year’s event, Mass Audubon said that more than 400 plants and shrubs were planted, 30 truckloads of invasive species were carted away, three miles of trails were cleared of fallen limbs and trees, and 21 campsites were cleaned up.

From Cape Cod to the North Shore, there’s a sanctuary that could use your help. The entire schedule is below and some places already have waitlists, so try to sign up as soon as you can. Why not pick a place you’ve never been and explore a new sanctuary while helping out? Who knows: maybe you’ll find a new favorite nature center or trail.

If the date doesn’t work for your family, there are plenty of other opportunities to volunteer at Mass Audubon. Another option is to pick a playground or park near your home and organize a spring cleanup there. Either way, it’s a great way to show your kids that your family care about the environment and that taking action can be as easy as putting on a pair of gloves and picking up trash.

To learn more about Volunteer Day, or to sign up, visit www.massaudubon.org/workforwildlife.

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Edgartown
Spruce Up Our Nature Play Areas
Butterfly and Bird Garden Beautification
Bittersweet Battle Royale

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, South Wellfleet
Campground and Driveway Cleanup
Trail Chipping
Turtle Garden Maintenance

Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
Spruce Up the Pavilion Bird Garden
Nature Play Area Wood Chipping
Prepare the Vegetable Garden for Spring
Battle Invasives

Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Princeton
Meadow Restoration
Habitat Management
Spring Cleaning

Rocky Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, Groton
Annual Springtime Trail Work and Erosion Control

Blue Hills Trailside Museum, Milton
Light Spring Landscaping
The Great Invasive Pull
Spring Housekeeping and Maintenance

Boston Nature Center, Mattapan
Butterfly Garden, Nature Nook, and Surrounding Landscaped Areas
Gardeners and Green Thumbs with Boston Food Forest
Trail Restoration and Cleanup

Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Lincoln
Garlic Mustard Pull

Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, Belmont
Trails, Gardens, Ponds, and Meadows

Museum of American Bird Art, Canton
Camp Building Cleanup
Invasive Plant Removal
Gardening and Landscaping

Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary, Wenham
Create a Nature Trail
Sunken Garden Restoration

Joppa Flats Education Center, Newburyport
Plum Island Beach Cleanup

Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, Dartmouth
A Morning of Butterfly Garden Ecology & Beautification

Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, Sharon
Spread Wood Chips in Camp Yard
The "I'll Do Anything" Crew
Invasive Plant Clearing

North River Wildlife Sanctuary, Marshfield
Spring Cleanup
Down with Bittersweet

Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary, Attleboro
Spring Garden Cleanup
Fern Garden
Trail Amendments



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