Saint Joseph's Nature Sanctuary
Support Accessible Earth-Friendly Education in Central Maine
Saint Joseph's Nature Sanctuary is the result of a unique partnership of local civic and non-profit organizations who came together in late 2021 around a four-acre plot of land owned by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon along the Sebasticook River in Winslow, Maine. (Click here to learn more.)
Together, these partners sought to create a welcoming place where anyone could share and learn ways of caring for the earth, build community, integrate their own spirituality, or simply enjoy nature's beauty.
This collaborative project is the Saint Joseph’s Nature Sanctuary: a haven for community building, education, and spirituality. Over the last two years they have organized free monthly skills sharing workshops and hosted expert led zoom events.
To expand programming and accessibility for children and those with limited mobility, in 2022 the founding partners began planning the construction of a three-season, screened-in, accessible outdoor learning space. Through the generosity of many donors and volunteers, this vision has now become a reality; Joseph House was inaugurated in October 2023. Saint Joseph’s Nature Sanctuary looks forward to continue offering a diverse array of programming in this space and on the land.
In 2024 we hope to develop direct access to the Joseph House ramp as well as a nature trail with educational signage and seating. Your support will help make this possible.
To donate, you can use the form on this page or, if you prefer, you can donate by check. Please make checks out to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon-Maine, write "SJNS" (Saint Joseph's Nature Sanctuary) in the note to ensure your donation is applied directly to support Saint Joseph's Nature Sanctuary, and mail to: Sisters of St. Joseph, 80 Garland Road, Winslow, ME 04901
Join us so we can continue to provide expanded, accessible programming.