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How Rivers Shape the Landscape: Learning with the Land

Amherst, MA Amherst, MA

In this installment of our "Learning with the Land" video series, UMass Amherst geologist Brian Yellen takes you to Amethyst Brook in Amherst to explore how the river was formed, and how the water changes the landscape over time. You'll also learn how human activity has impacted the shape and health of this area, both…

The Wonders of Vernal Pools

MacLeish Field Station MA

Join us on for this Learning with the Land event as we visit a vernal pool to look for indications of breeding by amphibians and invertebrates that are specially adapted to the unique conditions of these seasonal wetlands. On Saturday, April 10th from 9:00 - 11:00 am, join Kestrel and distinguished biology professor Steve Tilley…

Give Back to the Land Day!

Farms. Forests. Trails. Parks. Wildlife greenways. Today, they matter more than ever. Join Kestrel and our regional land trust partners in a 24-hour online giving event to support the vital work to conserve these lands in Western and Central Massachusetts. This Earth Day, celebrate all the land does for you with our 2nd annual Give…

World Migratory Bird Day Walk

Wentworth Farm Conservation Area Amherst

World Migratory Bird Day on May 8 is a day to celebrate one of the most important and spectacular events in the life of a migratory bird--the journey between its summer breeding and wintering grounds. Hundreds of millions of birds of all sizes travel thousands of miles in spring and fall. It’s an impressive phenomenon…

Native Names & Poetry of Place Guided Experience

Kestrel Land Trust House 37 Bay Road, Amherst, MA

The land that Kestrel work's to conserve today is the home of many generations of native peoples, including the Nonotucks, Pocumtucs and Nipmucs. As a first step in acknowledging that we are on Native land, we're introducing the Native Names Project, marking the original names of four conservation areas according to the Nipmuc language. With…

Red Fire Farm: Walking & Wagon Tour

Red Fire Farm 7 Carver Street, Granby, MA

Late July is high summer with warm days and nights. This is the time of year that many main season crops start to size up and ripen in local farm fields. Come join us on Saturday, July 24 to get a deep look at a diversified produce farm in Granby that has been conserved as…

“To Bee or Not to Bee”: Live Show for Children

Greenberg Family Conservation Area 113 Southampton Road, Westhampton, MA

On Saturday, September 11, 2021 the Piti Theatre Company performs the award-winning "To Bee or Not to Bee," a play with music to inspire wonder and curiosity about honeybees and the natural world. "To Bee or Not to Bee" tells the story of a farmer-beekeeper named James who gradually replaces his diverse crops with corn…

Bobcats & Beavers & Bears: A Virtual Wildlife Camera Film Festival

Are you curious about the animals in our woods and wetlands and what they do when people aren't around? Trail cameras provide an inside look at the world of wild creatures. On September 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., join us for a virtual wildlife camera film festival, as four experienced naturalists and trail camera…

Outdoor Open House on the Range for Members

Kestrel Land Trust House 37 Bay Road, Amherst, MA

Kestrel's work to conserve, care for, and connect to the land is made possible by the support of our generous members - you! To express our appreciation, we invite you to join us on Sunday, October 3 for our first Outdoor Open House at Kestrel's new Home on the Range. Join us for one of…

Inaugural Mt. Tom Trail Race 2021

Mount Tom State Reservation 125 Reservation Road, Holyoke

Calling all trail runners! The Valley has an exciting new trail race on Mount Tom, created by Amy Rusiecki of Beast Coast Trail Running LLC, an experienced race director who has led dozens of hugely popular races in New England, including the Vermont 100 Endurance Race and the Seven Sisters Trail Race on the Mount…

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