Summer Star will be closed on Tuesday, January 29th for an internal seminar

Winter hours will begin on Thursday, November 1st

Summer Star will be open from dawn until 3pm, Saturday – Tuesday

Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary ®

and Stewardship at Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT)


Our Winter Birds

with Ron McAdow and Dan Stimson

Credit: Ron McAdow

SUNday, December 9th, 2018
1 PM to 3 PM
Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary
690 Linden Street
Boylston, MA 01505

** The event has reached capacity **

“Our Winter Birds” is a slide lecture covering birds that visit feeders, and birds that find all their own food. We will use data from the Concord Christmas Bird Count to discuss changes to our winter bird populations over the decades. Learn more about the birds who visit your backyard feeders and seasonal changes you can expect.

The one hour presentation will be followed by an optional one hour walk along the trails. On the walk, we’ll discuss how different birds make use of the habitats at Summer Star, and how our winter birds are adapted to survive here. This program will be led by Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary’s Ron McAdow and SVT’s Dan Stimson.

Credit: Ron McAdow


Ron learned photography white making children’s animated films in the 1970s. He became interested in birds in that same decade, while on the staff of a summer camp in the Texas Hill Country. Since then he has been a writer, teacher, and, for a decade, executive director of Sudbury Valley Trustees. At present he has resumed creative work for children and serves as a naturalist and educator on the staff of Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary.



Dan is the Assistant Director of Stewardship at Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT), where he has helped to care for conservation land since 2002. As part of his role at SVT, he maintains and promotes their more than 63 miles of trails. Dan helped Summer Star to design their trail and has partnered to care for it since it was built in 2014.




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.

http://www.summerstarwildlife.org – 508-869-3434
690 Linden Street Boylston, MA 01505


Sudbury Valley Trustees is a regional land trust, protecting and caring for land and wildlife habitat in 36 communities surrounding the Concord, Assabet, and Sudbury Rivers.

http://www.SVTweb.org – 978-443-5588
18 Wolbach Road Sudbury, MA 01776




Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary®


Joyce McJilton Dwyer
in the Outdoors

Opening Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Ending January 15, 2019

Linden street gallery

Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary
690 Linden Street
Boylston, MA 01505



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 Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine.  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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