Places to Explore — Metro West

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

Nature Center & Trails

Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary

Waterfall in autumn at Broadmoor © Ethan Gordon
© Ethan Gordon

Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Natick
Trails: 9 miles

Easy-to-rugged, well-groomed trails weave through the shade of mature woodlands into open fields and along the edges of vibrant streams, ponds, marshland, and the Charles River. Details >

Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Lincoln
Trails: 4 miles

A working farm and wildlife sanctuary with sheep, goats, chickens, cows, and pigs; sustainably-grown crops; trails; and resident owls, foxes, and a fisher. Details > 

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Habitat Education Center

Arboretum in July © Sandy Vorce, Mass Audubon
Arboretum in July © Sandy Vorce, Mass Audubon

Habitat Education Center

Location: Belmont
Trails: 2.5 miles

Just six miles from downtown Boston, find gentle trails that start at a Georgian-style mansion and wind through forests, across meadows, and around ponds and formal gardens. Details >


Trails Only

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Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary

Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Hopkinton
Trails: 1 mile

With its forest that opens up to a secluded pond, Waseeka offers the opportunity to observe woodland birds and waterbirds, wildflowers, and a fire-enhanced forest. Details >

Other Sanctuaries - Metro West

Not Ready for Visitors

Brewster Woods Wildlife Sanctuary, Concord


Brewster Woods Wildlife Sanctuary is situated along the banks of the Concord River, bordered to the west by Monument Street and to the south by Ball’s Hill Road and the October Farm Riverfront conservation property (Town of Concord / Concord Land Conservation Trust). The property was formerly part of the country homestead of William Brewster (1851-1919), an early leader in American ornithology, curator at Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, and the first President of Mass Audubon. The property includes a private residence used for Mass Audubon staff housing.

Conservation Features: The site is predominantly forested with extensive wetlands on the eastern side and smaller wetlands throughout. Two sizeable meadows provide some open habitat in addition to lawns near the buildings. The floodplain forest along the Concord River is the most significant natural community found on the property. A wetland impoundment area was apparently created by William Brewster to provide habitat for ducks and other water birds.

Farrar Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, Lincoln


Farrar Pond Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in a residential area, bordered to the north by Route 117 (South Great Road) and to the south by Farrar Pond. The property includes a private residence used for Mass Audubon staff housing, but a public walking trail through the wildlife sanctuary connects with trails in town and other nearby conservation lands.

Conservation Features: Most of the wildlife sanctuary consists of upland forest with a mixture of deciduous and coniferous trees. Although the habitat types present at Farrar Pond are not rare, the mixed forest is of relatively high quality, having few non-native species present and closely resembling oak-hemlock-white pine natural community type as described by the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program.