Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

Known for its extensive boardwalk system that goes through forest, fields, and wetlands, Stony Brook offers up-close views of wildlife above and under the water. Located adjacent to the 140-acre Bristol Blake State Reservation and cooperatively managed with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), this former 18th-century mill site now supports native wildlife. Read More

Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10 am–4 pm; Sunday 12:30 pm–4 pm; Closed Mondays

Trails, daily, dawn to dusk

Sanctuary News & Events

Purple martins © Mary Keleher
© Mary Keleher

Stony Brook is one of the few nesting sites in Massachusetts for the purple martin—North America’s largest swallow. However, our current housing structure is not built to support population monitoring and has limited nesting space. If we do not expand the number of housing options, returning purple martins will very quickly find themselves without a nesting space in our emerging colony.

Kids looking out from overlook in winter

We have much to be thankful for at Stony Brook in 2016. This was a year punctuated by inspirational highlights, at least one memorable misfortune, and setting some new records. 

A group of snowshoers on a Spontaneous Explorations outing

Come on an exciting walk this winter through the woods using this unique Native American invention! Beginners and experts welcome. 

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Upcoming Programs

January 21, 2017 8:00am - 5:00pm
The ‘dead of winter’ is not a good description when referring to the Quabbin! This pristine...
January 21, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Start your morning off right with a fun and knowledgeable Stony Brook teacher on the trails learning...
January 28, 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
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Programs for Scouts


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Birthday Parties


Looking for a place to have an exciting and memorable birthday? We offer birthday parties with fun outdoor activities led by a naturalist. Learn More