Events

Dec
10
Mon
Lanesborough, MA–Finding Your Way in Winter @ Mt. Greylock Visitor's Center
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Mondays and Fridays through December 21st, from  10:00am-4:00pm.

Discover ways to navigate outdoors in winter while having fun exploring an interactive display station that features some useful tools of the trade. Investigate the wonders of maps and compass along with a few tricks to identify animal tracks and trees from their bark! Games and hands-on map-making are some of the activities will round out the visit. This program was designed as a self-guided activity but may also be led by a Park Interpreter. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Meet at the Visitor Center.

For more information call (413) 499-4262.

Organizer–Department of Conservation & Recreation
Phone: 413-743-1591
Phone: (413) 499-4262
Website: https://www.mass.gov/locations/mount-greylock-state-reservation

Dec
13
Thu
Lanesborough, MA–Nice and Easy Trail Hike @ Mt. Greylock Visitor's Center
Dec 13 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

FREE

Thursdays, December 6th through December 27th at 10 am.

Guided by a Park Interpreter, these easy-paced, two to three mile hikes are geared especially for seniors, but open to all ages. Hikes may include bird viewing, tree identification, or just a great opportunity to join other hiking enthusiasts. Be prepared for the weather; wear appropriate clothing, bring trekking poles and traction devices for boots or snowshoes. Bring water, a snack and binoculars. Meet at the Visitor Center. Inclement weather cancels. For more information call (413) 499-4262.

Organizer–Department of Conservation & Recreation
phone: (413) 499-4262
Website: https://www.mass.gov/locations/mount-greylock-state-reservation

Dec
14
Fri
Richmond, MA–Sunrise Hike at Hollow Fields with Berkshire Natural Resources Council staff
Dec 14 @ 6:45 am – 8:15 am

Hike through the fields and watch the sunrise over Yokun Ridge.

Difficulty: Moderate, 2 miles (easy pace, moderate elevation changes)

Description: Beginning our hike at first light, we’ll wind our way up the fields in time to catch the sunrise. After continuing to the uppermost field, we’ll walk back to the trailhead to enjoy hot cider. Please bring water, dress in layers, and wear appropriate footwear (consider snowshoes and/or micro-spikes).

Directions:

From Great Barrington: Take Route 41 north into Richmond. After passing Route 295, Perry Peak Road will be the next left approximately one mile down the road. On Perry Peak Road, find the parking at the second red barn on the left, with a BNRC sign by the road.

From Pittsfield: Get on West Housatonic Street (Route 20) heading west. Turn left onto Route 41 just before Hancock Shaker Village. After 2.5 miles turn right onto Perry Peak Road. Parking is signed, second red barn on the left.

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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Lanesborough, MA–Finding Your Way in Winter @ Mt. Greylock Visitor's Center
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Mondays and Fridays through December 21st, from  10:00am-4:00pm.

Discover ways to navigate outdoors in winter while having fun exploring an interactive display station that features some useful tools of the trade. Investigate the wonders of maps and compass along with a few tricks to identify animal tracks and trees from their bark! Games and hands-on map-making are some of the activities will round out the visit. This program was designed as a self-guided activity but may also be led by a Park Interpreter. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Meet at the Visitor Center.

For more information call (413) 499-4262.

Organizer–Department of Conservation & Recreation
Phone: 413-743-1591
Phone: (413) 499-4262
Website: https://www.mass.gov/locations/mount-greylock-state-reservation

Dec
15
Sat
Gt. Barrington, MA–Join the BEAT Wildlife Tracking Club
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

We’ll be re-exploring the northern extent of the Myrin Preserve like we did late last winter when we trailed the momma bear and cubs and found the porcupine up in an ancient ash. Park on Monument Valley Rd immediately across from Blue Hill Rd. Be advised, there are no signs that say “Myrin Preserve” or “Hiking Area”, it’s just a nondiscript parking area on the side of the road. If anyone wants, we can carpool from the Monument Mountain HS by the tennis courts at 8:45am.

Here is is a link to directions from Pittsfield to the parking area.

Last time out we had the great fortune of tracking in some snow! Practically out of the parking lot we were bombarded by weasel tracks, scurrying hither and tither, trying to hunt down prey. (It has been estimated that a weasel must consume half of its body weight every day) We were surprised to find the evidence of porcupine nibbles on black cherry, pleased to find fresh bear claw marks climbing apple trees and an associated bear nest, and perplexed by a dense grassy nest unlike the leaf and stick dreys (squirrel nest) that we usually see in hardwood forests. Audrey Boraski, while doing some homework stumbled upon an article (to be included next email) that identified it as a red squirrel drey. We were also divided over a cone-like growth that Jim Pellitier sleuthed out to be a pine cone willow gall. We were not surprised to find a lot of ring necked pheasant spoor, as they stock the Moran Wildlife Management Area, but totally at a loss not to find any kill sites. The event wrapped up by by finding some porcupine nip twigs, its den, and the actual animal. Good stuff!

BEAT’s Wildlife Tracking group meets monthly and is open to the public. Our group includes amateurs and professionals alike – join us!

There is an annual membership fee of $15.00. One-time participants can attend an individual event for $5.00.

Locations vary around Berkshire county – contact Elia Del Molino for this month’s location: elia@thebeatnews.org.

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The objectives of this club are threefold:
1) to educate the public (and each other) on wildlife tracking and other naturalist skills (including birding and plant identification)
2) to collect data (such as wildlife movement) for organizations in a position to act (like BEAT, MassWildlife, or a land trust)
3) to establish a robust wildlife tracking community

Organizer–Berkshire Environmental Action Team
Phone: (413) 230-7321
Email: team@thebeatnews.org
Website: thebeatnews.org

Lanesborough, MA–Stump the Ranger! @ Mt. Greylock Visitor's Center
Dec 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Saturday, December 8th, 15th, and 29th, at  1:00pm-2:00pm.

Come out and meet the cool Park Ranger for a fun, informative and engaging question and answer presentation about everything Mount Greylock. Discover a multitude of amazing facts and revealing secrets relating to the highest peak in Massachusetts. Topics could range from Park wildlife in winter, geology, historical trivia and recreation as we challenge participants to stump the ranger! All ages are welcome. Meet at the Visitor Center. For more information call (413) 499-4262.

Organizer–Department of Conservation & Recreation
Phone:413-743-1591
Phone: (413) 499-4262
Website: https://www.mass.gov/locations/mount-greylock-state-reservation

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Dec
17
Mon
Lanesborough, MA–Finding Your Way in Winter @ Mt. Greylock Visitor's Center
Dec 17 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Mondays and Fridays through December 21st, from  10:00am-4:00pm.

Discover ways to navigate outdoors in winter while having fun exploring an interactive display station that features some useful tools of the trade. Investigate the wonders of maps and compass along with a few tricks to identify animal tracks and trees from their bark! Games and hands-on map-making are some of the activities will round out the visit. This program was designed as a self-guided activity but may also be led by a Park Interpreter. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Meet at the Visitor Center.

For more information call (413) 499-4262.

Organizer–Department of Conservation & Recreation
Phone: 413-743-1591
Phone: (413) 499-4262
Website: https://www.mass.gov/locations/mount-greylock-state-reservation

Dec
19
Wed
Gt. Barrington, MA–Sunset Stroll at Housatonic Flats, with Berkshire Natural Resources Council staff
Dec 19 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Enjoy the setting sun and a quiet stroll of the flats.

Wednesday, December 19, 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Difficulty: Easy (easy pace, no elevation changes)

Description: Join us for hot cider and a serene evening, 1 mile walk. Please bring water, dress in layers, and wear appropriate footwear (consider snowshoes and/or micro-spikes).

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.

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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Dec
20
Thu
Lanesborough, MA–Nice and Easy Trail Hike @ Mt. Greylock Visitor's Center
Dec 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

FREE

Thursdays, December 6th through December 27th at 10 am.

Guided by a Park Interpreter, these easy-paced, two to three mile hikes are geared especially for seniors, but open to all ages. Hikes may include bird viewing, tree identification, or just a great opportunity to join other hiking enthusiasts. Be prepared for the weather; wear appropriate clothing, bring trekking poles and traction devices for boots or snowshoes. Bring water, a snack and binoculars. Meet at the Visitor Center. Inclement weather cancels. For more information call (413) 499-4262.

Organizer–Department of Conservation & Recreation
phone: (413) 499-4262
Website: https://www.mass.gov/locations/mount-greylock-state-reservation

Dec
21
Fri
Lanesborough, MA–Finding Your Way in Winter @ Mt. Greylock Visitor's Center
Dec 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Mondays and Fridays through December 21st, from  10:00am-4:00pm.

Discover ways to navigate outdoors in winter while having fun exploring an interactive display station that features some useful tools of the trade. Investigate the wonders of maps and compass along with a few tricks to identify animal tracks and trees from their bark! Games and hands-on map-making are some of the activities will round out the visit. This program was designed as a self-guided activity but may also be led by a Park Interpreter. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Meet at the Visitor Center.

For more information call (413) 499-4262.

Organizer–Department of Conservation & Recreation
Phone: 413-743-1591
Phone: (413) 499-4262
Website: https://www.mass.gov/locations/mount-greylock-state-reservation

Dec
27
Thu
Lanesborough, MA–Nice and Easy Trail Hike @ Mt. Greylock Visitor's Center
Dec 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

FREE

Thursdays, December 6th through December 27th at 10 am.

Guided by a Park Interpreter, these easy-paced, two to three mile hikes are geared especially for seniors, but open to all ages. Hikes may include bird viewing, tree identification, or just a great opportunity to join other hiking enthusiasts. Be prepared for the weather; wear appropriate clothing, bring trekking poles and traction devices for boots or snowshoes. Bring water, a snack and binoculars. Meet at the Visitor Center. Inclement weather cancels. For more information call (413) 499-4262.

Organizer–Department of Conservation & Recreation
phone: (413) 499-4262
Website: https://www.mass.gov/locations/mount-greylock-state-reservation

Dec
29
Sat
Alford, MA–Winter Snowshoe at Alford Springs, with Berkshire Natural Resources Council staff
Dec 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Wrap up 2018 right—join us in climbing to the clearing on the Father Loop to enjoy the expansive views!

Saturday, December 29, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Difficulty: Moderate (moderate pace, moderate to difficult elevation changes)

Description: Join the Great Barrington Land Conservancy and Berkshire Natural Resources Council in a winter wonderland walk. We’ll climb to the clearing atop the Father Loop with an incredible view of Mt. Greylock before beginning or decent back to the trailhead. Please bring water, a snack, dress in layers, and wear appropriate footwear (consider snowshoes and/or micro-spikes).

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 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.

From Pittsfield: Take Route 20 West and turn left onto Route 41 heading south. Drive to Great Barrington and turn right onto Division Street which becomes Seekonk Road. Follow Seekonk Road, turning right on Mountain Road (if you cross the NY state border you have gone a little 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.

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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Lanesborough, MA–Stump the Ranger! @ Mt. Greylock Visitor's Center
Dec 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Saturday, December 8th, 15th, and 29th, at  1:00pm-2:00pm.

Come out and meet the cool Park Ranger for a fun, informative and engaging question and answer presentation about everything Mount Greylock. Discover a multitude of amazing facts and revealing secrets relating to the highest peak in Massachusetts. Topics could range from Park wildlife in winter, geology, historical trivia and recreation as we challenge participants to stump the ranger! All ages are welcome. Meet at the Visitor Center. For more information call (413) 499-4262.

Organizer–Department of Conservation & Recreation
Phone:413-743-1591
Phone: (413) 499-4262
Website: https://www.mass.gov/locations/mount-greylock-state-reservation

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Jan
8
Tue
Lenox, MA–Parsons Marsh Snowshoe, with Berkshire Natural Resources Council staff
Jan 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Difficulty: Easy

Description: Join BNRC for a winter snowshoe hike on the new accessible trail and boardwalk at Parsons Marsh in Lenox. We may also explore other areas surrounding the marsh. Please bring water, a snack, dress in layers, and wear appropriate footwear (consider snowshoes and/or micro-spikes).

Directions:

From Lenox: From the center of Lenox, head south on Main St. Turn right at the 1st cross street onto MA-183 S/West St and follow for 1.4 miles. Turn right onto Under Mountain Rd. The trailhead is 0.9 miles down the road on the right.

From Lee: Get on Route 20 heading north. After 3 miles turn left onto Walker Street and drive into Lenox. From the main drag in Lenox, turn left onto Cliffwood Street. Cliffwood becomes Undermountain Road, and the trailhead will be on your left in 1.3 miles.

From Great Barrington: Take Route 7 north into Stockbridge. In Stockbridge, turn left onto Route 102 and follow for 2 miles. Turn right onto Route 183 and follow until you reach Tanglewood. Across the street from Tanglewood, turn left onto Undermountain Road. The trailhead is 0.9 miles down the road on the right.

From Pittsfield: Take Route 7 south. After passing the Arcadian Shop, turn right onto Route 7A. After less than a mile, turn right onto Greenwood Street, then right again onto Cliffwood Street. Cliffwood becomes Undermountain Road, and the trailhead will be on your left in 1.3 miles.

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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Jan
19
Sat
Gt. Barrington, MA–CHP Walking Loop Winter Hike, with Berkshire Natural Resources Council staff
Jan 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us on the beautiful CHP walking loop trail. In partnership with Community Health Programs, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, Great Barrington Land Conservancy and Berkshire Natural Resources Council.

Difficulty: Easy (easy pace, little elevation change)

Description: Join us for a guided winter hike on the CHP Trail. Our hike is a perfect way to enjoy exercise and nature exploration on a winter’s day. Hike leaders will be Christine Ward of Great Barrington Land Conservancy and Mariah Auman of BNRC. The hike is a 1.5 mile Loop with a gradual change in elevation, we will begin our trek through open fields and return through a quiet woodland. If weather permits, bring your own snowshoes or you can rent a pair from Berkshire Bike & Board (413-528-5555).

Directions: We’ll meet at the trailhead kiosk on the north side of the Community Health Programs parking lot. (444 Stockbridge Rd, Great Barrington, MA 01230)

This is a free event and pre-registration is requested: info@gbtrails.org. For more information or to register by phone call Mariah at 413-499-0596 (M-F, 9-5). Severe weather will cancel the event.
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Jan
30
Wed
Pittsfield/Dalton, M–The Boulders Hike, with Berkshire Natural Resources Council staff
Jan 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Difficulty: Moderate (easy pace, moderate elevation change)

Description: Hike the 1.5-mile green loop; winding through beautiful forest, complete with new trail signage and look for signs of wildlife! Please bring water, a snack, dress in layers, and wear appropriate footwear (consider snowshoes and/or micro-spikes).

Directions: From Pittsfield, take Routes 8/9 east towards Dalton. Take a left onto Park Avenue. Take another left onto Gulf Road in about 0.5 miles. Trailhead parking is 0.25 miles ahead on the left.

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

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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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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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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