The Thoreau Bicentennial Read
at Summer Star

*** Announcement ***

This event has been booked to full capacity 

This year is the 200th anniversary of one of the most important and influential American writers: Henry David Thoreau.  Berlin Public Library and Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary jointly present a unique event – the Thoreau Bicentennial Read at Summer Star.

Attendees will have the opportunity to choose and read a favorite passage of Thoreau’s writing. Writer John Hanson Mitchell, co-host of the event, will give a talk about Thoreau’s influence on his life and his books, which include Living at the End of Time, John’s account of the two years he spent in a replica of Thoreau’s Walden Pond cabin. Honored Readers including Writer, Tracker, and Naturalist David Brown, MASS Audubon’s Naturalist Joe Choiniere, Berlin Library Director Bob Hodge, Writer and co-host Ron McAdow, and Summer Star Founder and Manager Shalin Liu will lead off the readings, followed by other participants. After listening together to Thoreau’s words we will discuss thoughts and feelings related to Thoreau, his work, and this celebration of his birthday.

Saturday, August 26, 2017
Trailhead House
Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary
690 Linden Street
Boylston, MA 01505


Summer Star Wildlife 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. These forty-five acres of natural land are home to plants, streams, glacial boulders, and wild animals large and small.



The Berlin Public Library provides materials and services to support community residents in pursuit of their personal, recreational, educational and occupational interests. Special emphasis is placed on current popular materials in a variety of formats. The Library serves residents of all ages, recognizing that each group has its own distinct needs and interests: preschoolers, school-age children, teenagers, adults, and seniors. All staff are trained to assist you with reference questions, and to help you locate the materials you need.



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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