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Robert Floyd Photo Exhibit: Celebrating Kestrel Land Trust

Monson House of Art 200 Main St., Monson, MA

Nature and the land have been inspiring artists and photographers for generations. The Connecticut River Valley provides a wide range of those inspiring views with its many conserved mountains, meadows, streams, ponds, and farms. Throughout the last year, the Robert Floyd Gallery in Southampton generously sponsored a photography contest to benefit Kestrel. Talented photographers have…

Fall Plein Air Paint Out at the Kestrel House

Kestrel Land Trust House 37 Bay Road, Amherst, MA

En plein air is French for “in the open air.” When participating in plein air painting, artists are more fully engaged with the landscape through perspective, composition and color. The American land conservation movement in the 19th century was inspired by landscape painting here in Western Massachusetts by artists such as Thomas Cole. Plein air…

2nd Annual Mt. Tom Trail Race

Millside Park 2 Ferry Street, Easthampton, MA

It's back! Trail runners around the Valley are invited to come out for the second annual Mount Tom Trail Race, managed by Beast Coast Trail Running (Amy Rusiecki and Leah Jacobson-Hardy), an experienced team who has coordinated dozens of hugely popular races in New England, including the Vermont 100 Endurance Race and the Seven Sisters…

Meet the Saw-whet Owl: Research Demonstration

Kestrel Land Trust House 37 Bay Road, Amherst, MA

The pint-sized Northern Saw-whet Owl is an elusive, nomadic species that nests far to our north. However, it is known to migrate between its summer and winter habitats through our region in the late fall and early winter. On Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00 pm (timed to correspond with the new moon), come meet two…

Representing Nature in Art: A Writer and a Composer in Conversation

South Hadley Public Library 2 Canal Street, South Hadley, MA

Join us at South Hadley Public Library on November 16 for an enchanting evening with two award-winning artists reading and performing their nature-inspired compositions. Ben Shattuck and Ben Cosgrove have each spent years using their work to grapple with the eternally vexing question of how to depict and engage with nature in their work. Ben Shattuck is…

New “Kestrel Reads” Book Discussion Group: Fall 2022

Kestrel Land Trust House 37 Bay Road, Amherst, MA

Join us for Kestrel Reads—our new book discussion group—launching this fall. We'll meet quarterly and alternate between fiction and nonfiction books pertaining to nature, environmental issues, and people's relationship to the land. Our first fiction book will be The Overstory, a novel by Richard Powers, which won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. This challenging…

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