Sponsored by Highland Street Foundation
Get outside and explore one of these three wildlife sanctuaries on select days in August—all for free as part of Highland Street Foundation's August Adventures!
To allow us to safely manage the number of people on the trails at any given time, we are using an Entry & Parking Reservation system. All tickets must be obtained online in advance—you will not be able to get tickets onsite.
Saturday, August 14
Drumlin Farm in Lincoln
At Drumlin Farm, you can experience life on a working farm and explore a wildlife sanctuary at the same time. Watch the pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, and cows in the farmyard; see how crops are sustainably grown in our greenhouse; walk the trails explore field, forest, and wetland habitat; and observe resident owls, hawks, and foxes in the native wildlife exhibits.
Monday, August 23
Pleasant Valley in Lenox
Set amidst more than 1,000 lush acres in the Berkshires, Pleasant Valley’s varied trails wind through forests, meadows, wetlands, and along the slopes of Lenox Mountain, making this site an excellent location for easy-to-strenuous hiking. While exploring, there’s a good chance you will see evidence of the sanctuary’s most visible wildlife resident—the beaver—via dams, dens, or lodges.
Sunday, August 29
Wachusett Meadow in Princeton
Wachusett Meadow is a former farmstead that offers spectacular scenery and supports abundant wildlife throughout woodlands, wetlands, and meadows. Historic buildings and barns are still in use for educational programming and resident sheep graze pastures. Trails traverse many landscape features including Brown Hill Summit, Glacial Boulder, ancient trees, and beaver ponds.
How much is a reservation?
Thanks to Highland Street Foundation, all admission to August Adventures Discovery Days are free of charge for that sanctuary on that day.
Will there be any restrooms or water fountains?
Restrooms are open at all three wildlife sanctuaries—face masks are required while indoors. Water fountains are available at Wachusett Meadow and Pleasant Valley.
How long can I stay once I am there?
While you must arrive during your reserved time slot, you can stay for as long as you like.
Where can I find information about the trails?
You can download trail maps for all the wildlife sanctuaries at massaudubon.org/trails.
Do I need to wear a face mask?
Masks are optional outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries for general visitation, but face coverings are still required for all indoor locations (including restrooms). We recommend having a mask on hand to be prepared.