About Brewster's Woods

View of the Concord River from Davis Hill in autumn at Brewster Woods Wildlife Sanctuary

→ Not yet open to the public ←

Brewster's Woods Wildlife Sanctuary is a 130-acre property along the banks of the Concord River. This historic site was formerly part of the country homestead of William Brewster (1851-1919), an early leader in American ornithology and curator at Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology—and the first President of Mass Audubon.

The sanctuary is predominantly forested with extensive wetlands on the eastern side and smaller wetlands throughout. Two sizeable meadows provide some open habitat, while the floodplain forest along the Concord River hosts the most abundant natural diversity found on the property. A wetland impoundment area was apparently created by William Brewster to provide habitat for ducks and other water birds.

Mass Audubon is in the process of developing a master plan that will establish trails as well as our goals for interpretation and education at Brewster's Woods. Please check back in mid-2021 for details on a public opening.


In the early 1890s, William Brewster purchased the 300-acre October Farm in Concord as a respite from his city life in Cambridge. Here he embarked on extensive field work taking full advantage of the forest, meadows, and extensive wetlands on the banks of the Concord River. Learn more >




Concord, MA
Managed by Metro West Sanctuaries


Not ready for public visitors

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Sanctuary Highlights

  • Wetland that contains a beaver lodge and attracts migrating water birds.
  • Notable wildlife frequently found on the property include fisher, beaver, Eastern Bluebirds, and Pileated Woodpecker.
  • Part of a conservation area spanning more than 1,700 acres—October Farm Riverfront to the south (jointly managed by the Concord Land Conservation Trust and the Town of Concord), Estabrook Woods to the west, and Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge across the river.