Mass Audubon at Felix Neck welcomes Alexandra (Ally) Ferland to the Felix Neck staff. Ally is Felix Neck’s new education assistant, and will work closely with Josey Kirkland, education coordinator, to provide nature education programming to students in the Island school system. She will also lead public programs for the community at the sanctuary during the summer season.
Graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.S. degree in Natural Resource Conservation, Ally’s focus was environmental conservation. According to a press release, Ally believes that her childhood on Martha’s Vineyard led to her passion for the natural world: “The idea of sharing knowledge and awareness of the importance of conserving this Island is what gets me excited, and gets me up in the morning.”
Ally will be heading up Felix Neck’s Nursery School Naturalist program for preschoolers, beginning April 2. This program runs every other Thursday from April 2 to June 11 at the sanctuary from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. Participants will look for signs of spring and watch the season unfold at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary through stories, crafts, walks, live animal presentations, and more! Ages 3 to 5 with a parent/friend, $6 per child for members of Mass Audubon, and $9 per session for nonmembers.