Donating to the Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum

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Thank you for your interest in donation to the Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum.
You can make your tax-deductible donation by mail to:
Wakefield Charitable Trust
1465 Brush Hill Rd, Milton, MA 02186
by Paypal or credit card via our link.
If you want to consider targeting your donation to one of our current initiatives, see below.
Each year we experiment with inventive programs and educational initiatives that expand our appeal to new audiences - and have made recent innovatives with many positive results! We are proud of the community benefits provided, and grateful for the support of people like you who make our work possible.
With your support, we were able to continue our two signature educational programs focused on engaging children and youth in outdoor and environmental education. Each year, 2,000 elementary students participated in our environmental education curriculum connecting them to the wonders of nature with engaging hands-on activities. During July and August, our Summer Archaeology Institute provided a rigorous introduction to archaeology for high school youth from six surrounding communities.
While education is the central current of our work, it is not all we do. Each year, we welcome hundreds of new visitors to enjoy the beauty of this place through a variety of creative programs and events:
  • In June, we celebrate our annual Dogwood Days - a week-long open garden event capped off with the Dogwood Days Garden Party and silent auction.
  • Throughout the year, our workshops, lectures and events, like our Mothers Day Garden Tea, Blue Hills Great Estates Fall Foliage Weekend, Wakefield Wellness Day, Stone Soup Lecture Series, and the Merry Historic Milton Progressive Dinner brought many to for visits and programs.
  • We strengthened our existing partnerships with other historic sites to carry out collaborative programming.
  • Partnering with two local craft breweries, we have hosted new events including our Blue Hills Soupfest, Dogwood Brewfest, and in the autumn our Blue Hills Octoberfest - attracting hundreds of new visitors.
  • We are excited about our latest garden installation - a beautiful dwarf conifer collection that is a local reference garden for the American Conifer Society.
  • We continued the exciting phenology research with local Montessori students and the Cornus kousa dogwood tree DNA project involving students from Connecticut College.
We hope you will consider the Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum in your annual charitable contributions. What happens here throughout the year reveals Polly Wakefield's vision for her arboretum and historic property: to make this a learning landscape for all. Please contact Gordon C. Barrett, Trustee, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you wish to contribute securities in lieu of cash.


You may want to consider targeting your donation to one of our current initiatives:

Make a Difference! Consider Contributing to our "Bus Fund"

We've created a "Bus Fund" for targeted donations that will extend our impact and bring more children for day-long educational field trips. A donation of any size is welcome as it gets us closer to being able to welcome one more group for these vital programs.

One of our partner teacher describes the program this way:

"The Wakefield Estate field trips were one of the most valuable experiences of the school year for me and my students. This place was where science came alive for them! From the moment they stepped off the bus for each field trip they were filled with wonderings about the natural world.  These kinds of learning experiences stay with students, not for a year or a month, but for their whole lives."

- Holly Rosa, Russell Elementary School, Dorchester

Thank you for your consideration. Your support brings important lessons and countless smiles to hundreds of Boston children - and we are extremely grateful. To make a tax-deductible donation to the "Bus Fund," please note this on your check or click here to use our paypal account and note it in a memo.

Contribute to the Llama Fund, in memory of Jack the Llama

We are heartbroken to share the sad news of the passing of our beloved Jack the llama. He died as he lived his years here at the estate: surrounded by his flock of adoring sheep. He will be missed by many. Hundreds of visiting students were delighted to feed him out of their little hands and often said it was their favorite moment of the their day-long field trip. We hope you had a chance to meet him. He'll be in our hearts forever. To view some of our favorite photos of the sweet and wonderful beast, click here. If you'd like to contribute to our getting a new llama this year, make a tax-deductible donation by mail or click here and note "in memory of Jack."

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The Mary M. B. Wakefield Charitable Trust is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization under the Internal Revenue Code. We depend on the support of people who value our mission to provide quality experiences and opportunities to learners of all ages. Please consider supporting our work with a generous contribution. All contributions to the trust are deductible for federal income tax purposes. To view our most recent audited financial statements, click here.

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