Wildlife

Sanctuaries and refuges offer family activities, classes, trails, butterfly and bird gardens, and educational centers.

Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge and Visitors Center

Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge and Visitors Center

680 Hudson Road, Sudbury 01776

978-562-3614 

Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary

Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary

280 Eliot Street, Natick 01760

508-655-2296 

Nine miles of trails through woodlands, meadows, and wetlands invite you to experience nature. Changing seasons and a variety of wildlife means there’s always something new to see. Visit our energy-efficient nature center and accessible boardwalk.

Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

208 South Great Road, Lincoln 01773

781-259-2200

Experience life on a working farm and explore a wildlife sanctuary at the same time. Visit our farm animals, walk our nature trails, see how crops are sustainably grown, and observe resident native wildlife.

Mass Audubon’s Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

Mass Audubon’s Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

108 North Street, Norfolk 02056

508-528-3140

With an extensive boardwalk system through forest, fields, and wetlands, Stony Brook offers up-close views of wildlife above and under the water. Enjoy Nature Play Area, two miles of trails, and butterfly and bird garden.

Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary

Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary

690 Linden Street, Boylston 01505

 

Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary

Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary

Clinton Street, Hopkinton  01748

978-464-2712 
 

Recreation - Fall Walking Trail

Recreation - BAA Start

Recreation - Bowditch

Community Spotlight: Ashland

The Town of Ashland bustles year ‘round, but spring is an especially energetic season as the town’s cultural and business initiatives roll out.  Although primarily residential, the town integrates small businesses as well as cutting-edge tech corporations into its community initiatives.

 

New England History

Centuries ago, Ashland was a stopping point on a major Indian trail which later became known as the Bay Path, connecting Cambridge and Connecticut. It was here that a community of Natick Indians was established as the Village of Magunkaquog in about 1659. The town is also known as the site of Henry Warren's invention of the electric clock, later manufactured here under the Telechron name. Today, the high school’s teams are the Clockers.

 

Corner Spot

Indicative of the energetic business community emerging in this town, the Corner Spot was developed in early 2017--through individual donations—as a place for new businesses to debut for one to six weeks. Opening in June of 2017, this innovative example of community placemaking will offer a rotation of new enterprises, as well as a restful spot for simply hanging out.

 

Farmers Market

One of the region’s most robust farmers’ markets offers special themes—such as Dog Day --each Saturday morning (June 10-October 14) as well as live music, non-food vendors, and family activities in the park at 125 Front Street. On special weekends throughout the rest of the year, the Farmers Market pops up indoors to offer Pre-Thanksgiving and Mid-Winter Markets.

 

Special community events

Long a home to annual community events and festivals, such as Ashland Day in September, the town now offers more programming through Arts!Ashland Alliance. Through arts and culture programming, the group also works to cultivate the economic vitality of the community. Its signature event is the Dragon Fly Festival, held mid-August.  Other cultural offerings come from the Friends of the Ashland Library, which offers speakers and documentary film evenings.

 

Dining

Pockets of great cuisine are spread throughout this community of 18,000, including along Routes 126 and 135, as well as downtown sidestreets. The gourmet Oregon Club, a former speakeasy, is tucked among residences in east Ashland.  In downtown, Stone’s Public House (circa 1832) boasts a ghostly history and modern hearty pub fare. New Mexican and Asian eateries have debuted in recent years as well.

 

Recreation & Sports

To commemorate the site of the original Boston Marathon Start Line, Ashland now boasts Marathon Park., which is now the site of the start line of the semi-annual Marathon Park Prep, a half-marathon favored by runners eager to experience a large portion of the Boston Marathon’s April route.

There’s plenty of recreation for those inclined to relax. The 470-acre Ashland State Park offers swimming, picnic areas, boating, fishing, and hiking/biking trails. The Bay Circuit Trail connects Ashland to 34 other communities. The public schools’ new turf fields are the site of regional sports competitions.