Sanctuary Guidelines for Brewster's Woods

For your safety and to avoid conflicts with wildlife, we ask that you please:

  • No dogs (except service animals)
  • Please remain on the trails at all times to protect plants, animals, and yourself
  • Leave everything as you find it—don't pick or collect items
  • No bike riding, jogging, or driving motorized vehicles
  • Refrain from launching, operating, or retrieving drones or other remote-controlled aerial vehicles
  • No fishing, trapping, or hunting*
  • Carry out all trash
  • Do not smoke
  • Feel free to take photographs of the sanctuary for personal use (see below for commercial photography requests)

NOTE: Our buildings are currently not open to the public; please respect signage indicating areas that are only open to Mass Audubon staff.

A Note on Trail Safety

Please stay on the trails for your safety and the safety of wildlife. Poison ivy and ticks are common in Massachusetts—learn how to identify each, be sure to wear proper footwear, and be on the lookout. Also bring plenty of water, especially during the summer.

Photography Guidelines

If you would like to use a wildlife sanctuary for commercial photography purposes, please review the complete guidelines and learn how to schedule a time. Mass Audubon welcomes visitors to capture the beauty and wonder of our statewide network of wildlife sanctuaries through photography for personal use at any time.


* As part of our habitat management efforts, limited archery hunting for White-tailed Deer by a small group of invited hunters is permitted at Brewster’s Woods during the state-approved season (early October through December). State law prohibits hunting on Sundays. Learn more >