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Kestrel Reads Book Discussion: Finding the Mother Tree

Kestrel Land Trust House 37 Bay Road, Amherst, MA, United States

Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, grand prize winner of the 2021 Banff Mountain Book Competition, shows that a forest is not a mere collection of…

Summer Plein Air at Scarborough Brook in Belchertown

Scarborough Brook Conservation Area 501 Gulf Road, Belchertown, MA, United States

Painting "en plein air" (the French phrase meaning outside or in the open air) captures the spirit and essence of a landscape, enhancing our relationship with the natural world. Join Kestrel and Amherst Plein Air Society for a summer paint out at Scarborough Brook Conservation Area in Belchertown on Saturday, July 15th, from 9:00 AM…

Fall Plein Air at The Meadows

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…

Kestrel Reads Book Discussion Group: “The Trees in My Forest”

Kestrel Land Trust House 37 Bay Road, Amherst, MA, United States

Looking for your next good read? Join us for Kestrel Reads, a quarterly discussion group to help you delve deeper into books about nature, environmental issues, and people's relationship to the land. For our Autumn nonfiction selection, we'll discuss The Trees In My Forest, winner of the New England Book Award for Best Nonfiction Book.…

Kestrel Reads Book Discussion: “Bewilderment”

Kestrel Land Trust House 37 Bay Road, Amherst, MA, United States

Looking for your next good read? Join us for Kestrel Reads, a quarterly discussion group to help you delve deeper into books about nature, environmental issues, and people's relationship to the land. For our winter fiction selection, we'll discuss Bewilderment, a heartrending novel by Richard Powers, the Pulitzer Prize–winning and #1 New York Times best-selling…

2024 Plein Air Series Begins This Winter

Puffer's Pond Amherst, MA

This year, Kestrel and the Amherst Plein Air Society are once again partnering to offer a 4-part Plein Air Landscape Painting series to celebrate the beauty of each season. This year's theme focuses on landscapes along the Robert Frost Trail (RFT) in honor of the 150th birthday-anniversary of the four-time Pulitzer Prize winning American poet…

Mindful Movement in Nature – April

Kestrel Land Trust House 37 Bay Road, Amherst, MA, United States

This spring, Kestrel is pleased to offer a new way of to improve your mental and physical health in nature. Come experience the revitalizing benefits of T'ai Chi and Qigong—tranquil mind/body…

Breakfast & Birding at Foxcroft Farm

Foxcroft Farm Amherst, MA

Celebrate spring with birdsong, good company, and nourishing food! Join us on World Migratory Bird Day, Saturday, May 11, at Foxcroft Farm in Amherst to explore and learn about migratory and resident birds. Your guide to the season’s avian visitors will be Katie Schroeder, leading us on a stroll around hay fields and beaver ponds…

Mindful Movement in Nature – May

Kestrel Land Trust House 37 Bay Road, Amherst, MA, United States

This spring, Kestrel is pleased to offer a new way to improve your mental and physical health in nature. Come experience the revitalizing benefits of T'ai Chi and Qigong—tranquil mind/body practices—amidst the serene surroundings of Kestrel Land Trust's headquarters with instructor Lynne Nicole Smith. On Saturday, May 18th, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, join us for…

Celebrate Spring with Art at Amethyst Brook

Amethyst Brook 132 Pelham Rd, Amherst, MA

To celebrate the beauty of each season, Kestrel and the Amherst Plein Air Society are again partnering to offer a 4-part Plein Air Landscape Painting series. This year's theme focuses on landscapes along the Robert Frost Trail (RFT) in honor of the 150th birthday-anniversary of the four-time Pulitzer Prize winning American poet who taught at…

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