Events

May
22
Wed
Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – FREE Birding @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
May 22 @ 7:00 am – 8:30 am

Audience: Adult Fee: Free
Pleasant Valley’s beaver ponds, wetlands, and woods are super sites to see beautiful warblers, thrushes, tanager, orioles, and more during the peak of migration. We’ll explore rich bird habitat and observe changes in bird species each week. Supported in part by Lenox Cultural Council.
Beginners welcome. All programs free of charge. Bring binoculars, if you have them, or call to reserve a pair.

Hinsdale/Dalton, MA–Old Mill Trail Augmented Reality Hike
May 22 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Difficulty: Moderate (moderate pace, moderate elevation changes)

Description: Join the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) and the Berkshire Natural Resources Council (BNRC) in walking the Old Mill Trail which follows the East Branch of the Housatonic River and blends nature’s beauty with the history of the local nineteenth century textile mills. Please bring a snack, water, and appropriate footwear.

Directions:

From the center of Dalton: take Route 8 south to the Hinsdale line. From the town line, continue 4/10 miles to a left on Old Dalton Road. The trailhead parking is the first, immediate left.

GPS: 42.4480, -73.1305 (trailhead parking)

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May
24
Fri
Pittsfield, MA–Mass Audubon – FREE Birding – Canoe Meadows Migrants @ Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
May 24 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Instructor: Noreen Mole – Sanctuary Volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club leader
Audience: Adult Fee: Free

Canoe Meadow’s beautiful grounds are ideal for spotting migrant species, especially waterfowl, warblers, swallow, orioles, and more. We’ll explore wetlands, meadows, and woodlands, and observe change in bird species each week. Beginners welcome. All programs free of charge. Bring binoculars, if you have them, or call to reserve a pair. Registration not required.

May
25
Sat
Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – New! Birding by Ear Brunch @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
May 25 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Audience: Adult Members: $15.00 Nonmembers: $20.00
Eating pancakes, drinking coffee, and listening to warblers sing—what could be better? We’ll eat breakfast while listening to a talk on identifying birds by ear, and then take a short walk around the Pleasant Valley grounds to listen for the songs we just learned.

Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley

May
26
Sun
Mt. Greylock, Lanesboro/Adams, MA– OPENING DAY: Birds, Bees & Butterflies (Bascom Lodge talk & dine presentation) @ Bascom Lodge at the Summit of Mt. Greylock
May 26 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

“Beekeeping Demo” (with live bees), 12-4 pm.
“Birds of Prey” (live bird presentation), 1-2 pm.
“Butterfly” (Presentation on the growth cycle of butterflies), 6-7 pm.
All Free and Open to the Public.

ESTABLISHED IN 1898, THE RESERVATION WAS THE FIRST LAND PRESERVED-IN-TRUST FOR THE CITIZENS OF MASSACHUSETTS AS A WILDERNESS PARK; THE FLAGSHIP PROPERTY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION.

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE AFFORDING VISITORS TO THE PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES. WITH OVER 70 MILES OF WOODLAND TRAILS, INCLUDING AN 11.5 MILE SECTION OF THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL THAT PASSES WITHIN A FEW FEET OF THE LODGE’S FRONT DOOR, THE RESERVATION ENABLES GUESTS ACCESS TO A DIVERSE ARRAY OF OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES. FROM A STRENUOUS CLIMB UP THE MOUNTAINS EASTERN FACE TO A WALK THROUGH A SPRAWLING CLIFF-TOP LOW BUSH BLUEBERRY PATCH, THE PARK’S MANY TRAILS AND VARYING TERRAINS OFFER AN ENDLESS VARIETY OF ADVENTURES THAT CHANGE FROM SEASON-TO-SEASON AND DAY-TO-DAY.
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May
28
Tue
Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – Birding @ The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home
May 28 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

May 14,21,28, 2019 (Tuesday) 8:00am – 10:00am

audience: Adult                 Fee: Free

Explore Edith Wharton’s original estate, including its woods, wetlands, and meadows. Learn skills to bird by sight and sound as we look for numerous bird species, including bobolinks, woodpeckers, vireos, and warblers. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Walks depart from the main parking lot at 8 am. For more information about The Mount, call 413-551-5111. Pre-Registration is required at www.massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley

May
29
Wed
Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – FREE Birding @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
May 29 @ 7:00 am – 8:30 am

Audience: Adult Fee: Free
Pleasant Valley’s beaver ponds, wetlands, and woods are super sites to see beautiful warblers, thrushes, tanager, orioles, and more during the peak of migration. We’ll explore rich bird habitat and observe changes in bird species each week. Supported in part by Lenox Cultural Council.
Beginners welcome. All programs free of charge. Bring binoculars, if you have them, or call to reserve a pair.

May
31
Fri
Pittsfield, MA–Mass Audubon – FREE Birding – Canoe Meadows Migrants @ Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
May 31 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Instructor: Noreen Mole – Sanctuary Volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club leader
Audience: Adult Fee: Free

Canoe Meadow’s beautiful grounds are ideal for spotting migrant species, especially waterfowl, warblers, swallow, orioles, and more. We’ll explore wetlands, meadows, and woodlands, and observe change in bird species each week. Beginners welcome. All programs free of charge. Bring binoculars, if you have them, or call to reserve a pair. Registration not required.

Jun
1
Sat
Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – Free! Family Fun Day @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Audience: All (suitable for children 0 & up) Fee: Free
Join us for a day of fun and learning for the whole family. Enjoy nature exploration activities, live-animal presentations, music, and nature arts and crafts. We’ll also have snack and food available for purchase.
Registration not required.

Jun
2
Sun
Mt. Greylock, Lanesboro/Adams, MA– Nutshell Playhouse: Puppet Theater for the whole family @ Bascom Lodge at the Summit of Mt. Greylock
Jun 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Free and Open to the Public.

ESTABLISHED IN 1898, THE RESERVATION WAS THE FIRST LAND PRESERVED-IN-TRUST FOR THE CITIZENS OF MASSACHUSETTS AS
A WILDERNESS PARK; THE FLAGSHIP PROPERTY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION.

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE AFFORDING VISITORS TO THE PARK
VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES. WITH OVER 70 MILES OF WOODLAND TRAILS, INCLUDING AN 11.5 MILE
SECTION OF THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL THAT PASSES WITHIN A FEW FEET OF THE LODGE’S FRONT DOOR, THE RESERVATION
ENABLES GUESTS ACCESS TO A DIVERSE ARRAY OF OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES. FROM A STRENUOUS CLIMB UP THE MOUNTAINS
EASTERN FACE TO A WALK THROUGH A SPRAWLING CLIFF-TOP LOW BUSH BLUEBERRY PATCH, THE PARK’S MANY TRAILS AND
VARYING TERRAINS OFFER AN ENDLESS VARIETY OF ADVENTURES THAT CHANGE FROM SEASON-TO-SEASON AND DAY-TO-DAY.
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Jun
3
Mon
New Marlborough, MA–Hike at Steepletop Preserve @ Steepletop Preserve
Jun 3 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Search for spring happenings throughout the extensive wetlands of this beautiful Reserve with BNRC and the Taconic Hiking Club!

Difficulty: Easy to moderate (easy pace, little elevation changes)

Description: Hike the 4.5 miles of trail at Steepletop, Berkshire Natural Resource Council’s largest reserve. With more than 1,200 acres, miles of wood road, and expanses of wetland, mature forest, and young forest, there’s a lot to explore. We’ll search for spring happenings like spring ephemeral wildflowers and birds arriving. Bring your thinking caps and we’ll bring the field guides! Please wear sturdy footwear, bring water and a snack or lunch.

Directions:

From Lee: From the Mass Pike/Big Y intersections, take Tyringham Road (opposite Big Y). After 6 miles turn right on Monterey Road and follow that into the Monterey town center. From the town center, turn left onto Route 23, and then take the first right onto New Marlborough Road. Right after crossing the wooden bridge, turn left to stay on New Marlborough Road. In just under a mile turn right to stay on New Marlborough Road. Drive a
mile and a half then pull off to the left in a driveway near 648 New Marlborough-Monterey Road. BNRC maintains its own parking lot along the driveway.

From Great Barrington, take Route 23 east to Monterey. Just after the Monterey line, bear right onto Route 57/183 into New Marlborough. Just before the Old Inn on the Green in New Marlborough, turn left onto North Road; follow for 1.6 miles. Turn right at the steep, inclining driveway marked “684”. Bear right into our gravel parking lot at the top of the little hill. The trails begin right at the trailhead parking; there is a kiosk just beyond the gate.

Email Mariah at mauman@bnrc.org or call 413-499-0596 (M-F, 9-5) with any questions regarding the Landkeepers Upcoming Hikes & Events. Severe weather will cancel the event.

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Jun
4
Tue
Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – Birding @ The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home
Jun 4 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Location: The Mount, Edith Warton’s Home- Lenox
Audience: Adult Fee: Free
Explore Edith Wharton’s original estate, including its woods, wetlands, and meadows. Learn skills to bird by sight and sound as we look for numerous bird species, including bobolinks, woodpeckers, vireos, and warblers.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. The Mount is located at 2 Plunkett Street in Lenox. Walks depart from the main parking lot at 8 am. For more information about The Mount, call 413-551-5111.

 

Jun
8
Sat
Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – Birding the Berks Series – Wrens, Rails, & Other Marsh Birds @ Post Farm Marsh
Jun 8 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Audience: Adult Members: $8.00 Nonmembers: $12.00
Post Farm Marsh in Lenox is a perfect place to look and listen for marsh birds such as the American bittern, Virginia rail, sora, common gallinule, and marsh wren. This trip involves easy walking on relatively level trails, and an interior view of an expansive and beautiful marshland.  Pre-Registration is required

Jun
9
Sun
Hinsdale/Dalton, MA–Old Mill Trail Party: on the Housatonic River @ The Old Mill Trail
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Old Mill Trail, found along the banks of the Housatonic River in Hinsdale and Dalton, is a Berkshire gem.

This all-ages summer party will celebrate and generate support for ongoing care of this haven for strolling, wading, fishing, and a new interpretive trail experience!  Drop by for guided walks, fishing (anglers 15 years and older must be licensed), live music, and good eats.Paul Rice, Andy Gordon, and Tim Gray will appear as the Housatonic Philharmonic to set the trailhead atmosphere with fiddle, guitar, banjo, spoons, piano, penny whistle, hammer dulcimer, and other sounds.

Tasty food and soft drinks will be available from BNRC’s good friends at the Hinsdale Trading Company.

The party is free to attend and everyone is welcome. You can contribute to BNRC for upgrades and upkeep on the Old Mill Trail before, during, or after the event at bnrc.org/donate.

If you know in advance that you’ll be there, please register to help us plan for the day. Yet you are welcome to pop in unannounced!

E-mail Rich at rmontone@bnrc.org or call 413-499-0596 with questions.

Directions: From the center of Dalton, take Route 8 south to the Hinsdale line. From the town line, continue  4/10 miles to a left on Old Dalton Road. The trailhead parking is the first, immediate left.  GPS: 42.4480, -73.1305 (trailhead parking)

Mt. Greylock, Lanesboro/Adams, MA– The Birds of Mount Greylock (Bascom Lodge talk & dine presentation) @ Bascom Lodge at the Summit of Mt. Greylock
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Presentation on how to identify local birds.
Free and Open to the Public

ESTABLISHED IN 1898, THE RESERVATION WAS THE FIRST LAND PRESERVED-IN-TRUST FOR THE CITIZENS OF MASSACHUSETTS AS A WILDERNESS PARK; THE FLAGSHIP PROPERTY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION.

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE AFFORDING VISITORS TO THE PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES. WITH OVER 70 MILES OF WOODLAND TRAILS, INCLUDING AN 11.5 MILE SECTION OF THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL THAT PASSES WITHIN A FEW FEET OF THE LODGE’S FRONT DOOR, THE RESERVATION ENABLES GUESTS ACCESS TO A DIVERSE ARRAY OF OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES. FROM A STRENUOUS CLIMB UP THE MOUNTAINS EASTERN FACE TO A WALK THROUGH A SPRAWLING CLIFF-TOP LOW BUSH BLUEBERRY PATCH, THE PARK’S MANY TRAILS AND VARYING TERRAINS OFFER AN ENDLESS VARIETY OF ADVENTURES THAT CHANGE FROM SEASON-TO-SEASON AND DAY-TO-DAY.

Jun
11
Tue
Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – Birding @ The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home
Jun 11 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Location: The Mount, Edith Warton’s Home- Lenox
Audience: Adult Fee: Free
Explore Edith Wharton’s original estate, including its woods, wetlands, and meadows. Learn skills to bird by sight and sound as we look for numerous bird species, including bobolinks, woodpeckers, vireos, and warblers.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. The Mount is located at 2 Plunkett Street in Lenox. Walks depart from the main parking lot at 8 am. For more information about The Mount, call 413-551-5111.

 

Jun
12
Wed
Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – Evening at the Beaver Ponds @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Jun 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Audience: All (suitable for children 3 & up)
Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00 Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00
Visit our beaver ponds with a naturalist, and search for beavers and other animals attracted to these rich wetlands. Learn about the natural history of beavers and how they continue to change the valley’s landscape 85 years after their reintroduction to the area.

Pre-Registration is required at .

Jun
16
Sun
Gt. Barrington, MA–Father’s Day Pfeiffer Arboretum Family Scavenger Hunt @ Pfeiffer Arboretum
Jun 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Description: Bring Dad and join us for a scavenger hunt along the trail! We’ll explore trees and other living things that thrive in the woodland and wetland ecosystems at the Pfeiffer Arboretum. We’ll scamper over lots of bog-bridges and enjoy a view of Long Pond. Please bring water and snack and wear sturdy footwear.

Directions: The trailhead is located at 249 Long Pond Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230.

Becket, MA–Mass Audubon – Moonlight Canoe Trips @ Buckley Dunton Lake
Jun 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Audience: All (suitable for children 10 & up)
Members: Adult $25.00, Child $25.00 Nonmembers: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00

Twilight is an amazing time to listen and look for wildlife. Beavers, owls, loons, and other wildlife are all possible to spot at Buckley Dunton Lake in October Mountain State Forest. We’ll stealthily explore the coves and inlets of this beautiful lake, then hitch our boats together to enjoy refreshments while we listen for nocturnal wildlife sounds.
Please support our efforts of reducing plastic waste by bringing your own reusable water bottle.
Pre-Registration is required

Jun
18
Tue
Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – Birding @ The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home
Jun 18 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Location: The Mount, Edith Warton’s Home- Lenox
Audience: Adult Fee: Free
Explore Edith Wharton’s original estate, including its woods, wetlands, and meadows. Learn skills to bird by sight and sound as we look for numerous bird species, including bobolinks, woodpeckers, vireos, and warblers.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. The Mount is located at 2 Plunkett Street in Lenox. Walks depart from the main parking lot at 8 am. For more information about The Mount, call 413-551-5111.

 

Jun
19
Wed
Lenox, MA–FREE Paddling Trip on the Housatonic River with the Housatonic Valley Association
Jun 19 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Rain Date – June 26

Join HVA for a Beginner’s Paddle on a stretch of the river in Lenox; and gain confidence while enjoying paddling a stretch of the Housatonic River. This is your chance to learn how to safely enter and exit a canoe, learn the basic strokes and steer and paddle safely. Led by HVS volunteer, Charles Murray an experienced canoeist and ACA certified instructor.

Suitable for families with children 10+yrs. Canoes provided or register to bring your own boat.

This free paddle trip is in partnership with the Housatonic Heritage Area.

For more information and to register, please contact Alison at 413-298-7024 or adixon@hvatoday.org

Explore the beauty of the Housatonic River on this free paddle trip offered by the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA). The paddle trip is a great chance for area residents to learn where to access the river, understand some of the current issues and appreciate the river as a natural resource. Register to use one of HVA’s canoes or bring your own boat.

While this trip is free, pre-registration is required, as space is limited. Once registered, participants will receive trip information that will provide detailed information about what to bring, directions and meeting location.

 

Alison Dixon, Berkshire Outreach Manager
Housatonic Valley Association
14 Merwin Street, PO Box 496
Stockbridge, MA 01262
413-298-7024

Jun
21
Fri
Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – Firefly Watch @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Jun 21 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

audience: All (suitable for children 0 & up) Fee: Free.
Experience a magical summer light show and help us track firefly numbers and diversity through the Firefly Watch program. Learn about fireflies and how best to view or gently catch and release these mystical glowing lights of summer! We’ll take an evening walk in the meadows for firefly viewing while keeping our eyes open for stars, planets, and twilight birds and mammals!
Suggested contribution: $4/person or $10/family
Pre-Registration is required

Jun
22
Sat
Monterey, MA–Retracing Native Histories on the Landscape – Guided Walk @ The Bidwell House Museum
Jun 22 @ 1:00 pm

Join guide Rob Hoogs to explore a new interpretive trail as you retrace the steps of the Native Americans—specifically the local Stockbridge Band of the Mohican Tribe—who lived and hunted in this area for thousands of years. Non-Members: $10. Children and Members are free. A guided tour of the house can be added before or after the guided walk. The price for the walk and tour together will be $15 for non-members. 1 p.m

413-528-6888
email: bidwellhouse@gmail.com
www.bidwellhousemuseum.org

Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – Firefly Watch @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Jun 22 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

audience: All (suitable for children 0 & up) Fee: Free.
Experience a magical summer light show and help us track firefly numbers and diversity through the Firefly Watch program. Learn about fireflies and how best to view or gently catch and release these mystical glowing lights of summer! We’ll take an evening walk in the meadows for firefly viewing while keeping our eyes open for stars, planets, and twilight birds and mammals!
Suggested contribution: $4/person or $10/family
Pre-Registration is required

Jun
23
Sun
Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – Wild Thing’s Guided “Walk on the Wild Side” @  Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Jun 23 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am

Audience: All (suitable for children 10 & up)
Members: Adult $20.00, Child $20.00 Nonmembers: Adult $20.00, Child $20.00
This event is for the whole family. Ages 10 and over can register and receive a t-shirt for $20.
Join us for “Walk on the Wild Side,” a guided 30 minute wooded trail walk around the beaver pond starting and ending at the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary Barn to raise money for conservation and education programs in Berkshire County. Participants who register by May 20 are guaranteed a t-shirt and all walkers join us for the post-race celebration in the big red barn. This is a family event.
Support Berkshire Sanctuaries conservation and education programs by participating in this walk.

Pre-Registration is required

Mt. Greylock, Lanesboro/Adams, MA– Forests and Brain Health (Bascom Lodge talk & dine presentation) @ Bascom Lodge at the Summit of Mt. Greylock
Jun 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Presentation on the health benefits of forests.    Free and Open to the Public.

ESTABLISHED IN 1898, THE RESERVATION WAS THE FIRST LAND PRESERVED-IN-TRUST FOR THE CITIZENS OF MASSACHUSETTS AS A WILDERNESS PARK; THE FLAGSHIP PROPERTY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION.

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE AFFORDING VISITORS TO THE PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES. WITH OVER 70 MILES OF WOODLAND TRAILS, INCLUDING AN 11.5 MILE SECTION OF THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL THAT PASSES WITHIN A FEW FEET OF THE LODGE’S FRONT DOOR, THE RESERVATION ENABLES GUESTS ACCESS TO A DIVERSE ARRAY OF OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES. FROM A STRENUOUS CLIMB UP THE MOUNTAINS EASTERN FACE TO A WALK THROUGH A SPRAWLING CLIFF-TOP LOW BUSH BLUEBERRY PATCH, THE PARK’S MANY TRAILS AND VARYING TERRAINS OFFER AN ENDLESS VARIETY OF ADVENTURES THAT CHANGE FROM SEASON-TO-SEASON AND DAY-TO-DAY.
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Jun
25
Tue
Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – Birding @ The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home
Jun 25 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Location: The Mount, Edith Warton’s Home- Lenox
Audience: Adult Fee: Free
Explore Edith Wharton’s original estate, including its woods, wetlands, and meadows. Learn skills to bird by sight and sound as we look for numerous bird species, including bobolinks, woodpeckers, vireos, and warblers.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. The Mount is located at 2 Plunkett Street in Lenox. Walks depart from the main parking lot at 8 am. For more information about The Mount, call 413-551-5111.

 

Gt. Barrington, MA–Housatonic Flats Nature Exploration Hike @ Housatonic Flats Preserve
Jun 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Family Hiking Series with Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Gt. Barrington Land Conservancy, and CHP

Description: Hike the 0.9 mile Housatonic Flats. This property provides important habitat to many Berkshire mammals and birds. We will bring binoculars and guide visitors on where to look and what to look for. Please bring water and snack and wear sturdy footwear.

Directions: From Great Barrington: From the Price Chopper, head north on Route 7 for less than half a mile. Parking will be on the left.

Jun
26
Wed
Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – Nature Walks for Health and Happiness @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Instructor: Bess Dillman – Sancturay Volunteer
Audience: Adult Members: Free for members Nonmembers: $5.00

A relaxing walk in the woods can be the perfect way find balance in your life. Bess will help you connect with the natural world while you explore the trails at Pleasant Valley. Curiosity will set the pace for these leisurely nature walks.
Pre-Registration is required

Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – Evening at the Beaver Ponds @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Jun 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Audience: All (suitable for children 3 & up)
Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00 Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00
Visit our beaver ponds with a naturalist, and search for beavers and other animals attracted to these rich wetlands. Learn about the natural history of beavers and how they continue to change the valley’s landscape 85 years after their reintroduction to the area.

Pre-Registration is required at .

Jun
28
Fri
Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – Firefly Watch @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Jun 28 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

audience: All (suitable for children 0 & up) Fee: Free.
Experience a magical summer light show and help us track firefly numbers and diversity through the Firefly Watch program. Learn about fireflies and how best to view or gently catch and release these mystical glowing lights of summer! We’ll take an evening walk in the meadows for firefly viewing while keeping our eyes open for stars, planets, and twilight birds and mammals!
Suggested contribution: $4/person or $10/family
Pre-Registration is required

Jun
29
Sat
Pittsfield, MA–Mass Audubon – Firefly Watch @ Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Jun 29 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Audience: All (suitable for children 0 & up) Fee: Free
Experience a magical summer light show and help us track firefly numbers and diversity through the Firefly Watch program. Learn about fireflies and how best to view or gently catch and release these mystical glowing lights of summer! We’ll take an evening walk in the meadows for firefly viewing while keeping our eyes open for stars, planets, and twilight birds and mammals!
Suggested contribution: $4/person or $10/family
Pre-Registration is required

Jun
30
Sun
Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – Canoeing the Housatonic River @ Decker Boat Launch
Jun 30 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Audience: All (suitable for children 10 & up)
Members: Adult $25.00, Child $25.00 Nonmembers: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00

This leisurely paddle will take us through the ecologically rich Housatonic Valley Wildlife Management Area in Lenox. We’ll watch for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the scenic and meandering Housatonic River and learn about why the waterway is the natural heart of the Berkshires.
Pre-Registration is required

Jul
9
Tue
Gt. Barrington, MA–Thomas & Palmer Brook Preserve: Family Scavenger Hunt Hike
Jul 9 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Family Hiking Series with BNRC, GBLC, and CHP
Description: Join us for a scavenger hunt hike! We’ll bring hand lenses and a field microscope to take a look at the little things. Please bring water and snack and wear sturdy footwear.

Directions: Thomas and Palmer Brook is on State Road (Route 23) east of Great Barrington. Look for a sign between 301 and 309 State Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230.
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Jul
14
Sun
Lenoxdale, MA–Join the Housatonic Valley Assoc.for a FREE (Almost) Full Moon Paddling Trip on the Housatonic River at Woods Pond
Jul 14 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the evening and watch the moon rise as we paddle a flatwater stretch of the Housatonic River through the Darey Wildlife Management Area.

Suitable for families with children 10+yrs. Canoes provided or register to bring your own boat.

Explore the beauty of the Housatonic River on this free paddle trip offered by the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA). The paddle trip is a great chance for area residents to learn where to access the river, understand some of the current issues and appreciate the river as a natural resource. Register to use one of HVA’s canoes or bring your own boat.

While this trip is free, pre-registration is required, as space is limited. Once registered, participants will receive trip information that will provide detailed information about what to bring, directions and meeting location.

This free paddle trip is in partnership with the Housatonic Heritage Area.

For more information and to register, please contact Alison at 413-298-7024 or adixon@hvatoday.org

Alison Dixon, Berkshire Outreach Manager
Housatonic Valley Association
14 Merwin Street, PO Box 496
Stockbridge, MA 01262
413-298-7024

Jul
27
Sat
Monterey, MA–Retracing Native Histories on the Landscape – Guided Walk @ The Bidwell House Museum
Jul 27 @ 1:00 pm

Join guide Rob Hoogs to explore a new interpretive trail as you retrace the steps of the Native Americans—specifically the local Stockbridge Band of the Mohican Tribe—who lived and hunted in this area for thousands of years. Non-Members: $10. Children and Members are free. A guided tour of the house can be added before or after the guided walk. The price for the walk and tour together will be $15 for non-members.

413-528-6888
email: bidwellhouse@gmail.com
www.bidwellhousemuseum.org

Jul
28
Sun
Mt. Greylock, Lanesboro/Adams, MA– Civilian Conservation Corp with Ranger Mike (Bascom Lodge talk & dine  presentation) @ Bascom Lodge at the Summit of Mt. Greylock
Jul 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

An illustrated history of the C.C.C. and its work on Mount Greylock and Bascom Lodge.
Free and Open to the Public.

ESTABLISHED IN 1898, THE RESERVATION WAS THE FIRST LAND PRESERVED-IN-TRUST FOR THE CITIZENS OF MASSACHUSETTS AS A WILDERNESS PARK; THE FLAGSHIP PROPERTY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION.

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE AFFORDING VISITORS TO THE PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES. WITH OVER 70 MILES OF WOODLAND TRAILS, INCLUDING AN 11.5 MILE SECTION OF THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL THAT PASSES WITHIN A FEW FEET OF THE LODGE’S FRONT DOOR, THE RESERVATION ENABLES GUESTS ACCESS TO A DIVERSE ARRAY OF OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES. FROM A STRENUOUS CLIMB UP THE MOUNTAINS EASTERN FACE TO A WALK THROUGH A SPRAWLING CLIFF-TOP LOW BUSH BLUEBERRY PATCH, THE PARK’S MANY TRAILS AND VARYING TERRAINS OFFER AN ENDLESS VARIETY OF ADVENTURES THAT CHANGE FROM SEASON-TO-SEASON AND DAY-TO-DAY.
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Aug
6
Tue
Alford, MA–Alford Springs Preserve: Family Nature Exploration Hike
Aug 6 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Family Hiking Series with BNRC, GBLC, and CHP
Description: Wind through mountain laurel, white pine and oak forest on this 2.4-mile hike on the Mother Loop at Alford Springs Reserve. We’ll bring binoculars, magnifying glasses, and materials for leaf and bark rubbings! Please bring water and snack and wear sturdy footwear.

Directions: From Great Barrington: Take Taconic Avenue, which becomes Alford Road. Drive past Simon’s Rock to a left on Seekonk Road; follow Seekonk Road (becomes Green River Road) for 3.6 miles. Turn right on to Mountain Road (if you come to the New York State line, you’ve gone too far). Follow Mountain Road for 0.8 miles, bearing left at the first “Y” and left again at the sharp right turn at 0.8 miles. Alternatively continue right to
reach a second, three-season parking lot further down the street. 42.25240, -73.43861

Aug
11
Sun
Lenoxdale, MA– Join the Housatonic Valley Assoc. for a Housatonic River Family Paddling Trip
Aug 11 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Get your family out for an afternoon of river exploration. We will paddle out and back from Woods Pond, Lenoxdale. This stretch of the Housatonic River is flat and calm. There’s always a change of seeing wildlife. Suitable for families with children 6+ years. Canoes provided or register to bring your own boat. Contact HVA 413-298-7024.

Explore the beauty of the Housatonic River on this free paddle trip offered by the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA). The paddle trip is a great chance for area residents to learn where to access the river, understand some of the current issues and appreciate the river as a natural resource. Register to use one of HVA’s canoes or bring your own boat.

While this trip is free, pre-registration is required, as space is limited. Once registered, participants will receive trip information that will provide detailed information about what to bring, directions and meeting location.

This free paddle trip is in partnership with the Housatonic Heritage Area.

For more information and to register, please contact Alison at 413-298-7024 or adixon@hvatoday.org

Sep
7
Sat
2019 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 60+ FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTY, CT
Sep 7 all-day

FOR DETAILED SCHEDULE OF ALL EVENTS, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE –“2019 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS”—-

www.HousatonicHeritage.org/events/heritage-walks

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Stockbridge, MA–Join the Housatonic Valley Assoc. and Historic New England for a leisurely paddle on the Housatonic River
Sep 7 @ 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Paddle through Stockbridge, along a meandering slow moving stretch of river that passes behind the Historic Merwin House. Afterwards, enjoy a boxed lunch on the back porch of the Merwin House, followed by a house tour.

Canoes provided or register to bring your own boat. Cosponsored by Historic New England.
Lunch fee: $23 members/$35 non-members. Please call 860-928-4074 to register.

While this trip is free, pre-registration is required, as space is limited. Once registered, participants will receive trip information that will provide detailed information about what to bring, directions and meeting location.

For more information and to register, please contact Alison at 413-298-7024 or adixon@hvatoday.org

Sep
8
Sun
2019 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 60+ FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTY, CT
Sep 8 all-day

FOR DETAILED SCHEDULE OF ALL EVENTS, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE –“2019 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS”—-

www.HousatonicHeritage.org/events/heritage-walks

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Sep
14
Sat
2019 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 60+ FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTY, CT
Sep 14 all-day

FOR DETAILED SCHEDULE OF ALL EVENTS, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE –“2019 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS”—-

www.HousatonicHeritage.org/events/heritage-walks

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Sep
15
Sun
2019 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 60+ FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTY, CT
Sep 15 all-day

FOR DETAILED SCHEDULE OF ALL EVENTS, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE –“2019 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS”—-

www.HousatonicHeritage.org/events/heritage-walks

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Sep
21
Sat
2019 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 60+ FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTY, CT
Sep 21 all-day

FOR DETAILED SCHEDULE OF ALL EVENTS, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE –“2019 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS”—-

www.HousatonicHeritage.org/events/heritage-walks

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Great Barrington, MA– Housatonic Heritage Paddling on the Housatonic River with the Housatonic Valley Association
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Trip Length: 7 miles Level: Beginner (10+yrs)

Get your family out for a day of river exploration. We’ll paddle from Bridge Street, Great Barrington to the Covered Bridge in Sheffi eld stopping for lunch on a sandbar where the Green River joins the Housatonic. This meandering stretch of the Housatonic River is mostly calm with occasional quickwater.

 

Sep
22
Sun
2019 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 60+ FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTY, CT
Sep 22 all-day

FOR DETAILED SCHEDULE OF ALL EVENTS, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE –“2019 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS”—-

www.HousatonicHeritage.org/events/heritage-walks

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Sep
28
Sat
2019 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 60+ FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTY, CT
Sep 28 all-day

FOR DETAILED SCHEDULE OF ALL EVENTS, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE –“2019 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS”—-

www.HousatonicHeritage.org/events/heritage-walks

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Sep
29
Sun
2019 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 60+ FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTY, CT
Sep 29 all-day

FOR DETAILED SCHEDULE OF ALL EVENTS, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE –“2019 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS”—-

www.HousatonicHeritage.org/events/heritage-walks

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Oct
13
Sun
Mt. Greylock, Lanesboro/Adams, MA–Benefits of Wild Forests (Bascom Lodge talk & dine presentation) @ Bascom Lodge at the Summit of Mt. Greylock
Oct 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Presentation on why forests should be allowed to grow “wild”
Free and Open to the Public.

ESTABLISHED IN 1898, THE RESERVATION WAS THE FIRST LAND PRESERVED-IN-TRUST FOR THE CITIZENS OF MASSACHUSETTS AS A WILDERNESS PARK; THE FLAGSHIP PROPERTY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION.

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE AFFORDING VISITORS TO THE PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES. WITH OVER 70 MILES OF WOODLAND TRAILS, INCLUDING AN 11.5 MILE SECTION OF THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL THAT PASSES WITHIN A FEW FEET OF THE LODGE’S FRONT DOOR, THE RESERVATION ENABLES GUESTS ACCESS TO A DIVERSE ARRAY OF OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES. FROM A STRENUOUS CLIMB UP THE MOUNTAINS EASTERN FACE TO A WALK THROUGH A SPRAWLING CLIFF-TOP LOW BUSH BLUEBERRY PATCH, THE PARK’S MANY TRAILS AND VARYING TERRAINS OFFER AN ENDLESS VARIETY OF ADVENTURES THAT CHANGE FROM SEASON-TO-SEASON AND DAY-TO-DAY.