If you listened to the audio recording, you would know it would pertain to nature, as you could hear birds in the background. Exploring the outdoors is very important to developing minds and those who just love to be outside. It provides one with a change of scenery from our world of technology. Sometimes we need to take a break from staring at screens and step away. Today, I want to tell you about a way you can do that while supporting your local MassAudubon wildlife sanctuary.
Phones Down- It’s Time Explore!
I wanted to come to you with different scenarios for you to read through in order for you to see different viewpoints.
So, it’s a Saturday and you had a rough long week. All you want to do is relax, but you pick up your phone and start going through your social media. You’re captured by all the fun and exciting things your friends are doing while you’re laying on your couch. Guess what? They may not be having as great a time as you think and this is typically the time to put your phone down. Don’t over think what other people are doing, instead go for a relaxing hike. You know what else, don’t forget your fur baby or babies.
Your children are bored out of their minds and are tired of being in their home. You know what happens when children get bored? They get quiet and that’s when things get ugly. So, before they even get there, take them out on an adventure on a walking trail and more. Play “I Spy” or have a picnic. You can also play nature bing or “Simon Says.” Get creative.
You’re a teacher who loves the outdoors and explores what mother nature has to say through its green grass or the health of her trees. You want to go on a day trip that is free or discounted and that is accessible.
You’re a volunteer or are part of a volunteer group that wants to help the MassAudubon. This will be done by assisting with the: maintenance of vegetation, removal of brush, cleaning the museum, clearing the tails (leaves, snow, and other things that can prevent people from having access to the trails), and alerting staff of down trees or trees that are about to fall.
Your child or children are on school vacation and you feel that they should go to a camp.
The great thing about the MassAudubon Society is that if you can relate to any of these scenarios, then they can help you and go above and beyond your needs!!! The great thing is that some of the locations can be accessed year round!
Accessibility For All!!!
The image above depicts older individuals going on a nice casual stroll in the forest. Now, I just want to make it clear, that some of MassAudubon’s wildlife sanctuaries are accessible to both fur babies and people- others may not be. They have many: hiking trails that are accessible, adaptive programs, and they offer sensory trails, for those who don’t want to just go on a self-guided walk.
I actually used to bring a group of clients to the Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, where we volunteered. My clients were all on the autism spectrum- some in wheelchairs and others not. They were all adults. We would: clear the walking trails, clean the gift store, and water their pumpkin patch. When we were done, we would either have our lunches there or enjoy a casual walk. It was especially beautiful during the fall. There were so many trees and the fall foliage looked amazing!
Often times I would take the group to the Blue Hills Trailside Museum. It was free so we were always happy to go. I am happy to know that there are many people out there protecting these animals that are not capable of living in the wild due to injury. I no longer work with my clients now that I am working with children 2 years old and up, but I still go with my husband. He loves hiking and we both love to look in awe at how beautiful nature can be when open our eyes to pay attention.
What Does MassAudubon Have To Offer?
- Hiking Trails
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Nature Walks/ Sensory trails
- Cruise, Kayaking, and Canoeing tours
- Birthday Parties
- Gift Stores
- Daycare Services/School Services
- Audio Tours
- Maps for those who are visually impaired
- They have programs such as: Sensory Farm Explorations, Sensory Nature Explorations, LEAF, Custom Outreach Programming, Birding By Ear, and Birding By Van. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE! ALL OF THESE PROGRAMS ARE ACCESSIBLE!!!
- Outdoor Activity Sheets
Most importantly MassAudubon is an advocate for those who don’t have a mouth to speak and those that are unable to communicate the way you and I do. What I am getting at is, they speak for: forests/trees, the birds, and other wildlife. As we continue to build all the things that we desire, we forget that we are destroying the beauty that was once there. Let us go and enjoy what nature has to offer instead. Find a MassAudubon wildlife sanctuary near you today!!! Make a difference and have fun doing it.
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