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 - Millis

Overview

Named for its founder, Lansing Millis, Millis is a quintessential picturesque New England suburb. Just nineteen miles southwest of Boston, and easily accessible by routes 109 and 115, it is made up of lovely residential and rural areas and is dotted with serene lakes, rolling meadows. and bubbling brooks.

 

History

Formerly East Medway, Millis, a town rich in history, incorporated as a separate town in 1885. Millis is home to several historical buildings with the most notable being the Niagara Hall Fire House. This recently renovated firehouse was built in 1878 and is covered almost completely on the inside by flowing murals created by Boston artist George Story. The town is currently pushing to restore the original artwork and return this one-of-a-kind historical landmark to its former glory. 

Recreation

As autumn returns, so too does our signature fall foliage, and there is no better place to enjoy the colors than the many picturesque parks, ponds, and trails in Millis. Enjoy the season on the waters of Bugastow Brook and the Charles River, or on one of the many hiking and horse-riding trails that criss-cross the Millis Landscape. 

 

Dining

Adding to the flavor of Millis, Twist Bakery Café is known nationally as a pioneer for recipes devised for the gluten-sensitive and those with food allergies. Their entire menu is gluten-free and nut-free (except coconut), and most of their items are even dairy-free.  If you’re looking to grab a bite somewhere a little more traditional, Primavera offers up a wide variety of classic Italian dishes with a dash of all- American favorites, all in a lovely upscale environment.