Additional Wildlife Sanctuaries in Greater Boston
Mass Audubon’s wildlife sanctuary network in Greater Boston includes 9 properties. Of these, 7 are ready to be explored with marked trails, maps, and signage. At Boston Nature Center (Mattapan), Blue Hills Trailside Museum (Milton), Habitat Education Center (Belmont), Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary (Natick), Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary (Lincoln), and the Museum of American Bird Art (Canton) you will also find nature centers with naturalists to help inform your experience. You can also visit Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary (Hopkinton).
The other 2 wildlife sanctuaries (listed below) are conserved lands that provide valuable habitats, are ecologically managed, and regularly monitored but not yet "prepared for the public" to visit. We are working to prepare more of our wildlife sanctuaries for public visitation and we will update these pages as as marked trails, parking areas, maps, and signage are provided at these sites.
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.
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.
Nearby Places to Explore
Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary (Lincoln)
Weld Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, Dedham
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.
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.