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.
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.