Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary ® presents

Eco-Tracking at Summer Star® – Winter 2018 with David Brown

Bear Tracks by David Brown

*** Announcement ***

This event has reached capacity. The date has also changed. We looking forward to seeing all registered attendees on February 17th.


Saturday, FEBruary 17, 2018
1:oo PM – 4:00 PM

Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary
690 Linden Street
Boylston, MA 01505

Although wild animals hide from us in foliage and the night, they leave behind sign of their presence and passage. Ecological animal tracking seeks not only to discover and identify this wildlife evidence, but also to interpret it for insight into an animal’s secret life. What was it doing? Why was it here? In this way we can put the still picture of the animal in motion and learn something about its relationship with its habitat.

This two-part program will meet in the Linden Street Gallery inside the Trailhead House for a slide presentation to introduce some of the basics of track and sign identification. Then we will head out into the sanctuary to look for wildlife evidence and practice our skills.

Dress for about two hours in the woods with warm clothes and snow-proof boots. Some travel will be off-trail so bring snowshoes if needed. In case of deep snow those who have them can break trail for those who don’t.

This program is suitable for reasonably fit adults and teens. Afterward we will offer light refreshment and beverages in the Studio Room.

David Brown

Tracker/naturalist David Brown has conducted hundreds of wildlife interpretive programs in New England for over 25 years. He is the author of several publications including his latest book: The Next Step: Interpreting Animal Tracks, Trails and Sign. His website is http://www.dbwildlife.com.

Dear Al Hamra Academy students and MASSWildlife Education coordinators,

“Old Tree” by Brenda Cirioni

Each and every inch of Summer Star’s land welcomes your spring arrival for the Environmental Education program.

We are looking forward to learning with you about nature and having a good time together.

During the month of March in our Lendon Street Gallery there will also be a fantastic new solo show by artist Brenda Cirioni.

Summer Star team
Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary
Boylston, MA


Spring Hours will begin on March 25, 2017.

Trails and parking lot: dawn-dusk, Saturday-Tuesday.

Trailhead House: 11am-3pm, Saturday-Tuesday. 11am-5pm on Sunday.

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.


    • 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.


  1. 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.


  2. 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.


  3. 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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