New England Wildlife Center
Preserving New England's Wild Legacy
Organization Summary

The nonprofit New England Wildlife Center (the Center) is a grassroots, entrepreneurial venture, launched by a group of Massachusetts’ citizens 33 years ago.  We use the provision of humane medical care to orphaned and hurt wild animals as a real-life and engaging platform to teach the life sciences, with a strong focus on biology, to students K-12 and to provide hands-on training in veterinary medicine to undergraduate students nationally and internationally.  At New England Wildlife Center – education is action.  The Center hones stewards of wildlife, habitats and natural resources through our facility built to LEED specifications, an onsite nature center and biology classroom, a windowed veterinary hospital where the public can observe first-hand our collective impact on wildlife, and science education curricula proven to increase environmental literacy.

· With a development department of two, and no outside help, the Center completed an $8 million capital campaign to build the first-in-the-nation wildlife hospital and science education facility constructed to green LEED (leadership in environmental and energy design) specifications.  All funds raised were from private donors just like you.

·  New England Wildlife Center is an example of our ability as a community to come together to solve real problems on our own, without leaving it the government, large institutions or, in other words, “the experts”.

· New England Wildlife Center is the only comprehensive wildlife hospital in the metro-Boston area that provides care for sick, injured and orphaned wild animals.  We treat 225 different species a year.  It is our philosophy that every animal deserves care and that no species in more important than another.

· Since our inception, our veterinary team has treated over 100,000 wildlife, provided education to tens of thousands of children and reconnected countless numbers of people to wildlife, the environment and each other.

· The Center’s work has been lauded locally and nationally in print, on television and on the Internet.  For example, the Center’s work has been recognized in the national Chronicle for Philanthropy, the Today Show, WCVB-TV magazine show – Chronicle, the Boston Globe, the Patriot Ledger, South Shore Living Magazine and the Yawkey Foundation’s Annual Report.

· The Center was chosen by the Massachusetts State Legislature as one of the top 1,000 places to visit in Massachusetts.

26 Comments to “Organization Summary”

  1. Michael Chang says:

    Just curious, but does the NEWC have any open positions available? I just graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science & Technology and really fond of the work this organization does.

  2. Ben says:

    What is the largest animal that a recovery center has taken in that you have herd of?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Ben, I have an idea. Tell you teacher that Dr. Mertz and our educators at the Center would like to set up a face time education program with you, Laura, Kelly and everyone in your class during school. You can use your computer and we’ll use our Ipads and answer your questions. She can email me at or call me at 781 682 4878. My name is Katrina Bergman and I am the executive director.

      Back to your question. Yesterday we had a visiting veterinarian in from South Africa that helps sick and injured rhinoceros. That’s pretty big. Today a group of 5th graders came to tour the Center – too bad your class couldn’t come on over from Iowa…:) I think it would take you all several days to get here though! If you send Dr. Mertz an email at he can answer more of your questions and send you some pictures too. You can also download any pictures you want from our website too if that will help you in your report. Thanks for writing Ben, keep up the great work and say hi to Laura and Kelly from all of us at New England Wildlife Center in Massachusetts!

      • Ben says:

        Thank you so much for this opportunity. We are excited. Our teacher is setting this up with the tech people and then will contact you for a convenient time.


      • Ben says:

        We have talked to our technology person and since we do not have apple devices she was wondering if you would be able to do a google hang out with us?


        • Katrina Bergman says:

          Hey Ben, Absolutely. We haven’t tried that before but I am sure we can figure it out on our end. Please ask you teacher to give me a call at 781 682 4878 x122 and we’ll make it happen. Best, Katrina p.s. Have a great weekend and say hi to your classmates from everyone at New England Wildlife Center.

  3. Laura M. says:

    Hi I’m a 5th grader from Iowa doing a research on animal recovery center. I was would like to know:

    How do you transport the big animals?

    Thanks for your time
    Laura M.

  4. Kelly E. says:

    I am a 5th grade student from Iowa doing a research project and found your website and was wondering about the following:

    1 What are some ways in the past that people have abused any animals you have taken in?

    If you would be able to email me back I would appreciate it. Thank you

    Kelly E.

  5. Ben says:

    I am a 5th grade student from Iowa doing a research project on animal recovery centers. I found your website and was wondering about the following:

    1. Are there any animals you do not take into your recovery program?

    If you would be able to email me back I would really appreciate it. Thank you.

    Ben H.

  6. Jerald Kock says:

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    • zak says:

      Hey Jerald,
      We do occasionally get spam messages as I’m sure is the case with most Bloggers. We do not currently have any systems or tricks for preventing them, but just try to remove them as they come in. Best of luck in your endeavors and if you figure out any ingenious anti-spam techniques we’d love to hear about them!

  7. Ben says:

    thank you for your time

    Ben H.

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