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Sanctuaries Overview

last modified April 03, 2014

Our sanctuaries protect native plants across New England.

New England Wild Flower Society owns and manages eight sanctuaries in four New England states. Seven are open to the public. 


These preserved tracts of wild land serve as living classrooms and are used for many of the Society's field trips, classes, and other programs related to the study of native plants and their habitats. We ask that large groups always notify the designated sanctuary steward before making a visit, since some of the habitats in our sanctuaries are extremely fragile. Eshqua Bog

 Showy lady's-slippers at Eshqua Bog Natural Area


Sanctuary Locations



Please note:

To ensure the safety of all visitors and to protect the plant collections and natural resources of our properties, bicycles, off-road vehicles, and vehicles or motorized devices used for mobility assistance (with the exception of wheelchairs) are not permitted on the paths at Garden in the Woods or in the Society’s other sanctuaries


Additional Information

  • The Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition is a voluntary association of land trusts founded to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information, to increase the effectiveness of Massachusetts land trusts in working with the state legislature and environmental agencies, and to promote high professional standards.
  • The Land Trust Alliance unites and champions organizations in local communities working to save natural areas.