Massachusetts Audubon Society - Boston Nature Centerhttp://www.massaudubon.org
MISSION To protect the nature of Massachusetts. DESCRIPTION Massachusetts Audubon Society (MAS) is the largest conservation organization in New England, concentrating its efforts on protecting the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. The Boston Nature Center is a 67 acre urban sanctuary that is home to more than 300 species of plants and 100 species of birds. In addition to protecting valuable wildlife habitat in the city, their education staff teaches environmentally-themed science courses in 35 neighboring schools. The Boston Nature Center is home to the Clark-Cooper community gardens. The gardens encompass eight acres of the property and provide arable land for 250 gardening families. The Boston Nature Center is also home to the George Robert White Environmental Conservation Center, the "greenest building in Boston." The White building serves as a model for sustainable building practices, and features solar panels, geothermal heating and recycled materials. IMPACT MAS protects more than 30,000 acres of conservation land, conducts educational programs for 250,000 children and adults annually, and advocates for sound environmental policies at the local, state, and federal levels. Established in 1896 and supported by 68,000 member households, Mass Audubon maintains 42 wildlife sanctuaries that are open to the public and serve as the base for its conservation, education, and advocacy work across the state.