Grant will help Audubon property upgrade aging facilities

Berkshire County

LENOX, Mass. (AP) — The Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox has received a $200,000 Massachusetts Cultural Council grant that will support Mass Audubon’s $1.1 million project to upgrade aging facilities.

On top of the town’s $300,000 Community Preservation Act grant approved by town meeting voters a year ago, private donors and foundations have pushed the sanctuary’s Opening Doors to Nature capital campaign above $850,000.

The project, focusing on improved amenities and accessibility, includes an energy-efficient addition to the 1790 barn with modern restrooms, a new lobby area with educational displays; an expansive deck for accessible, outdoor programming, bird watching, and wildlife viewing, and a small accessible kitchen.

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