Splish, splash and a quick dash: Allens Pond Duck Derby returns Friday

Aug 21, 2023

The annual Duck Derby at Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in Dartmouth returns Friday, August 25 at 9 a.m. 

The fundraiser for the Mass Audubon coastal sanctuary and nature resource annually features thousands of rubber ducks purchased by supporters into Allens Pond. First duck to cross the finish line wins the Grand Prize: a $5,000 cash award to the purchaser. Other prizes include a Mass Audubon “swag bag” full of merch and special recognition for the esteemed “Slacker Quaker” that finishes last.

A limited number of Duck Derby devotees can follow the action as their favorite racers head for the finish line. This is a staff-guided walk, as it involves crossing private property. Paid registration is required, and costs $20 per person, which includes a duck entry, to join the walk and view the race progress. 

The event supports an array of Allens Pond and Mass Audubon ecological programs, including salt marsh restoration and other climate resilience work. Winners will be announced on social media, in local newspapers, and on the Allens Pond website.
“Duck Derby is a great way to support Mass Audubon’s mission to connect people and nature, as well as the important work taking place at Allens Pond and along the South Coast,” said Allens Pond Community Science and Coastal Resilience Manager Gina Purtell. “With climate change a growing threat to both humans and wildlife — including in coastal regions — supporters of the Derby can engage with a fun event while taking meaningful action.”