In response to Governor Baker’s announcement, Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary will be closed until further notice. This includes Trailhead House and currently the trails.
We will monitor the situation and if possible we will reopen the trails (and parking) on Saturday April 11th. When the trails do reopen they will be available from dawn to dusk Saturday through Tuesday. Please follow the guidance that only 8 vehicles will be permitted in the parking lot at any given time during our operational hours. This will be enforced for the health and safety of our visitors
To our visitors & friends, please follow these additional Public Health Guidelines:
- Please stay home and rest when you are sick.
- Avoid close contact with people, using elbow to cover when you sneeze or cough.
- Keep some of your books nearby, because books are always our good friends.
The health and well-being of all our visitors are of the utmost importance to us.
We can stand strong and get through this difficult time together.
— Shalin Liu, Founder and Manager, and the Summer Star Team
A Place Like Summer Star
Wrack Meadow Brook flowing through Summer Star Forest (Photos by Dan Stimson 2020)
Letter from Cyndi – March 23, 2020
I just want you to know that I work at the Memorial Hospital, and Summer Star has been my haven over the last few weekends. I work with a vulnerable population, and I need to keep myself healthy so that I can continue to serve them and not spread disease. After a long week in a stressful environment, I have gone out to Summer Star on weekends and enjoyed the peace and nature sounds.
These last two weekends it has been especially appreciated. On Saturday I was doing yoga and deep breathing on the trail! Now the animals will be able to truly enjoy it, and that is a good thing too.
This place is truly a treasure, and I will miss it in the next weeks. Please stay safe, and I hope that perhaps some yoga or meditation sessions could be scheduled at the Trailhead House after we get through this thing, as we will all need healing.
Thank you for your wonderful grounds and facility,Cyndi R.
Thank you very much for sending such a heartfelt letter.
I appreciate your letting me know how you are doing. I care so much for our visitors especially someone like you who has been giving so much under such unthinkable circumstances.
I am so grateful to learn that a place like Summer Star indeed touched individuals and comforted us with its quietness and generosity—so that we know we are not alone.
Would it be possible for me to get your permission to post this nice letter on our website?—you spoke for so many others! You are a thoughtful and brave beautiful human being and your letter touched my heart. Thank you for the encouragement you gave us. Stay strong and be well—-your letter helps us to continue to do our work.
March 25th, 2020
Red-Tailed Hawk Release
Winter – Spring Wildlife Tracking at Summer Star
3/29 Wildlife Tracking by David Brown will be scheduled to a different date. Please stay posted for updates!
The brief snow cover that easily reveals the passage of animals is gone, but the thaw has softened the earth and created mud, both of which record tracks. In addition animal droppings hidden beneath the snow are now revealed along with other ‘sign’ such as scrapes, chews, scent marks and burrows that can tell us not only that certain species were present but also what they were doing. This is ‘eco-tracking,’ relating the animal sign that is found and identified with its habitat: why was it here and what was it doing?
An indoor slide and cast presentation of about an hour will acquaint you with some of this sign. Following a lunch break, we will walk the trails of Summer Star for another hour or so looking for, identifying and interpreting wildlife sign while discussing the ecology of the Summer Star landscape.
Tracker-naturalist David Brown has been studying wildlife evidence for 30 years and is the author of two books on animal tracking as well as a set of portable identification cards.
March 29, 2020 Sunday, 11am to 1:30pm
Trailhead House, Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary
690 Linden Street, Boylston MA 01505
Phone Number: 508-869-3434
Register by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Linden Street Gallery Art Show: Tom Murphy Brings Yellowstone to Summer Star
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.
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.
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
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
Scenes from the New Year at Summer Star. Photo by Liam Hart
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.