Published on March 3, 2020

Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary Grows By 85 Acres

Macdowell Trail on land donated by Carroll School

In partnership with the Lincoln Land Conservation Trust, Mass Audubon closed on 85 acres of land south of our Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary near Old Sudbury Road. The land straddles the borders of Lincoln, Wayland, and Weston, with the entirety of the property in Lincoln and Wayland. 

The land was donated to Mass Audubon by the Carroll School. Mass Audubon is very grateful that the Carroll School approached us with this opportunity, and we are equally grateful to have the School as our neighbor in Lincoln.

We look forward to continued collaboration with the School into the future as they develop ways to incorporate outdoor time on the sanctuary land into their educational programming.

Ready for Visitors

The 85 acres itself actually has been open to visitors for some time, and it contains an established trail network. The trail network has been maintained by the Lincoln Land Conservation Trust, which now holds Conservation Restrictions on the property.

Most notable is a much beloved boardwalk that runs through an exquisite red maple swamp that makes up the majority of the property. The land is ideal habitat for numerous plants and animals including two types of orchids—Downy Rattlesnake Plantain and Pink Lady's Slipper.

This land connects to a much larger network of protected land and hiking trails. This includes land protected by the Town of Lincoln, the Weston Town Forest to the south, and of course Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary.

The property is best accessed via the trailhead on Town of Lincoln conservation land on Old Sudbury Road.