Reasons to Support Stony Brook

Stony Brook in the Fall

While located adjacent to the 140-acre Bristol Blake State Reservation and co-managed with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary receives no state funding. This former 18th-century mill site is a haven for native wildlife and a source of educational programming and environmental research. It depends solely on proceeds from admissions, programming, donations, and occasional grants for its operating budget. 

Our mission goes beyond land protection, conservation, and ecological management—we seek to invest in the community, to serve as a model of sustainability, and to be a trusted resource for responsible growth. To that end, we believe first in the benefits of education and the joy of self-discovery.

Find out how you can help.

Connecting People and Nature

For the past 50 years, visitors have enjoyed scenic walking trails, spectacular views of wildlife from a boardwalk, and so much more at Stony Brook. The staff at Stony Brook believe wholeheartedly in connecting people of all ages with nature. We value the simplicity and beauty of the natural world and the rewards that come from being in its midst. The 98-acre wildlife sanctuary is a natural class­room for adults, families, children, and students who join our programs, participate in camp, or take a group adventure.

  • Adult birding excursions both at home and across the region, where experienced leaders guide visitors of all ability levels.
  • Yearly natural history tour to such far-off places as Big Bend, Texas and Joshua Tree National Park, California.
  • Specialized training in natural history interpretation, gardening, pruning, and species identification.
  • Nearly 4,000 children who visit each year to explore, play, or learn about tracking, constellations, dragonflies, or lab science.
  • Summer natural history day camp for 300 campers  and night hikes, owl prowls, and traditional badge programs for scouts.
  • Annual special events Fall Fair, Big Night, and Earth Day celebrations.
  • School programs both on- and off-site where active learners ages 3 to 13 have unique opportunities to observe and enjoy plants and animals up close.

Mentoring and Environmental Leadership

Stony Brook engages local college and high school interns in ecological studies and environmental management projects including:

  • Amphibian population monitoring
  • Odonate surveys
  • Breeding bird surveys
  • Invasive species control and removal

Staff also train dozens of volunteers and interest­ed adults to become teacher/naturalists, docents, and program leaders. And each summer, we offer professional development training for local educators through the non-profit MITS program.

Ways to Help

Make a donation

Every little bit helps Stony Brook continue its educational mission. Donate today >

Support the Purple Martin Project

Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the few nesting sites in Massachusetts for the purple martin. Help us establish a colony by donating to our Purple Martin Fund, which will allow us to purchase and install desperately needed additional housing for our purple martins. 

Become a Leadership Friend

Leadership Friends gifts are particularly important to Stony Brook, giving us the security we need in order to plan and provide the best possible natural history education experience for our many constituents. Please consider joining our:

  • Founder’s Circle with a gift of $2,500+
  • President’s Circle with a gift of $1,250+
  • Guardian level with a gift of $750+

For more information on Leadership Friends or to join, please contact Stony Brook Sanctuary Director Doug Williams.


We are always looking for helping hands for Visitor Services, Trail and Garden Maintenance, Publicity and Marketing, Special Event Planning, and Fundraising. Find a list of current volunteer opportunities or contact us to learn more.