Summer Star winter hours begin with the New Moon on Sunday, October 27th. During winter hours, the Trailhead House and trails close at 3 PM. Regular hours will resume in Spring 2020.

New Blog Post

Linden Street Gallery Art Show: Tom Murphy Brings Yellowstone to Summer Star

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Deer Track —

The Deer are Making use of the New Boardwalk in Summer Star Forest

Credit: Dan Stimson, Sudbury Valley Trustees

Below are comments from guests who have attended events at Summer Star recently:

Lancaster Garden Club visit on Sunday, August 11, 2019

Shalin, I cannot tell you how much I appreciated our tour at Summer Star.

Mr. Brown was a walking encyclopedia of information on trees and nature, and the balance of things. Loved his style and approach. Never walked through the woods with that kind of appreciation before, but then I love a lot of information and history to understand things.

And your love and care for the center and the sanctuary shows in all that do and the way you do it.

Thank you so so much for a perfect morning. Everyone I talked to was very impressed and appreciative. Thank you again.

-Sue Billings

Music from Summer Star Forest Series on Sunday, September 15, 2019

Please pass on my Congratulations and a warm “Thank you” to Shalin Liu and Stephanie Woolf for, yet again, another great musical experience at yesterday’s concert!

This is our third concert at Summer Star.  My only regret is that we have a commitment on October 27th and won’t be able to attend our fourth.

Now for a bit on music trivia. I thought I recognized the musical style from Mai Nguyen’s amazing performance of Ian Clarke’s “Zoom Tube”.  Sure enough, there was a connection between Ian Clarke and Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. They performed this piece together in 2009. Who knew?

Again, thank you for continuing this series and we look forward to enjoying more in the future.


-G. Anderson

Boylston Garden Club visit on Sunday, September 29, 2019

Fourteen members of Boylston Garden Club visited Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary on a gorgeous day of September 29th. Dan Stimson, Assistant Director of Stewardship at SVT, was the guide leader taking the group for a whole 1.5 miles trail loop hike. We received a lovely card from Boylston Garden Club with a butterfly spreading wide its wings when opened.

Dear Shalin, Dan, and Craig,

Many thanks for a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Summer Star. Club members were thrilled to learn about the facility and enjoy the hike of the trail. Your generosity, time, and hospitality are most appreciated.

We are all very grateful. Warm regards

-Lynn Butler

Comment from Tuesday, November 5, 2019


It’s not often that we get to work on a roof garden! Thank you for everything.  Summer Star is always a fun and rewarding place to work and you make us feel so welcome and appreciated.

Julianne and Sandra Master Gardeners

Photo by Liam Hart

Scenes from the New Year at Summer Star. Photo by Liam Hart

Photo by Jesse Koyen
Photo by Jesse Koyen

Mission:  This forty-five acres of natural land is home to plants, streams, glacial boulders, and wild animals large and small. It is our mission to protect and care for wildlife habitats, trails, forests, streams, and wetlands.

The sanctuary is a place of tranquility and self-reflection.  It loves rocks, trees, and birds.  In that loving, we find nourishment for our spirits and our souls.

Summer Star is open to the public free of charge.  Please enjoy the beauty of nature, and in return kindly pay respect to all wildlife who have been keeping this land safe and peaceful for generations! Our goal is to bring new experiences and discoveries of the wonders of local wildlife and the joyful spirit of nurturing forestland to underprivileged children, senior citizens, and to all families in the community.

The sanctuary organizes a variety of events and projects to promote public awareness of science, nature, wildlife, and the environment, and aids in animal rescue and release in collaboration with the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.  Throughout the year, the sanctuary also hosts various courses, lectures, conferences, and artistic and cultural events.


  1. Contiguous to Summer Star are hundreds of more acres of woodland – expanding and enhancing the area for wildlife free from commercial development forever…!

    • The long, narrow 45 acre parcel that Summer Star is located on was slated for a 40 house 40b development. Not only would that have totally destroyed the ecological wonders of the 45 acre parcel, but, even worse, the long parcel intrudes into the heart of one of the last, largest undisturbed areas in this part of Massachusetts; a true wilderness area.

      Summer Star not only rescued the 45 acres of wildlife habitat but also preserved the wilderness qualities of the large Wrack Meadow area. The frosting on the cake is Summer Star itself. All activities and events at Summer Star foster and strengthen an environmental ethic.

      I have attended a number of events there and am in 20 minutes headed there for a tracking seminar.

      • Shalin Liu is one who had a vision of what needs to be done to preserve the past in order to educate the future. That tie-in to surrounding parcels is now as permanent or as permanent as a mere human can make it.

  2. Congratulations Summer Star, for being awarded the U.S. Green Building Council’s Massachusetts Chapter Project of the Year 2015. It is so well deserved for this beautiful, restorative place.

  3. We visited the sanctuary a few weeks back, and absolutely loved it. It is tranquil and the boys loved the Hobbit-feel of the woods.

  4. Walked the trail with Dan this morning and it was amazing and so interesting. Mike and Liam also made the morning so enjoyable. Thanks for the opportunity to be with nature so close to home and with people who are so interested in the area.

  5. I visited your amazing facility today with some fellow seniors. I am soooo impressed with what you have done. Thank you for making this such a comfortable place ot enjoy nature & the environment right in our neighborhood. Hopefully I will be able to visit often & bring my friends.

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