Places to Explore — Metro South

Not sure where to start exploring? Try visiting one of our wildlife sanctuaries in the Metro South area.


Nature Center & Trails

Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Location: Milton
Trails: 125 miles via Blue Hills Reservation

The interpretive center for the state-owned Blue Hills Reservation, this sanctuary features a natural history museum, outdoor wildlife exhibits, and is home to the Snowy Owl Project. Details >

Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary

Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Sharon
Trails: 20 miles

Mass Audubon's oldest and largest wildlife sanctuary encompasses forests, fields, and wetlands with diverse hiking trails and a red maple swamp boardwalk. Details >

Museum of American Bird Art

MABA Gallery exterior © Barry Van Dusen, watercolor, 2016
MABA Gallery watercolor © Barry Van Dusen, 2016

Museum of American Bird Art

Location: Canton
Trails: 2 miles

This 121-acre wildlife sanctuary features a professional art museum with a permanent collection as well as rotating exhibitions of nature-inspired art by internationally recognized artists. Details >

Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Norfolk
Trails: 2 miles

With an extensive boardwalk that goes through forest, fields, and wetlands, here you can get up-close views of wildlife above and under the water. Details >

Other Sanctuaries - Metro South


Not Ready for Visitors


Weld Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, Dedham

13 ACRES

Weld Pond Wildlife Sanctuary is bordered to the west by the I-95/Route 128 corridor, to the east and south by Weld Pond, and to the north by private residences. It is approximately 300 feet south of the 213-acre Wilson Mountain Reservation, owned by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. 

Conservation Features: The wildlife sanctuary is entirely forested. The forest cover is largely dominated by native oaks, although scattered white pines are present in the eastern portions of the wildlife sanctuary. Except for along the western and northern boundaries of the wildlife sanctuary few non-native plants are present. It serves as an island of largely undisturbed wildlife habitat within the densely developed I-95/Route 128 beltway.