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New Year’s Day 2021 Walk: Williamsburg

Williamsburg Cole Road, Williamsburg, MA

Start the New Year off right by getting outdoors with nature and friends old and new. Join Kestrel for our annual New Year’s Day walk in a new location in Williamsburg and Hatfield on Friday, January 1st, from 1:00 to 3:00pm. (Is this too far from home? Join us for our other hike in Pelham…

New Year’s Day 2021 Walk: Buffam Brook Community Forest

Buffam Brook Community Forest 222 North Valley Road, Pelham, MA

Start the New Year off right by getting outdoors with nature and friends old and new. Join Kestrel for our annual New Year’s Day hike on the east side of the river at Buffam Brook Community Forest in Pelham on Friday, January 1st, from 1:00 to 3:00pm. (Is Pelham too far from home? Join us…

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…

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…

Forest Bathing at Greenberg

Greenberg Family Conservation Area 113 Southampton Road, Westhampton, MA

Experience the restorative power of forest bathing: a heart-opening practice, designed to awaken the senses via a slow guided walk through the forest. Studies show that nature immersion therapy has a restorative effect on health and well-being, including decreased blood pressure and blood glucose, improved immunity, increased attention span and memory, improved resilience to stress,…

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…

Walking Tour of Historic Holyoke Canal System

South Hadley South Hadley, MA

Human technology has been shaping the land and waterways for generations in the Pioneer Valley. On Saturday, August 21 from 9 to 11 am, join us for a walking tour along both the South Hadley and Holyoke sides of the Connecticut River to learn about the cultural history of the historic canal systems located here…

Fall Birding at Foxcroft Farm

Foxcroft Farm Amherst, MA

Fall is a wonderful period of transition in New England. The air is crisp, the trees are producing some of the most brilliant natural colors in the country, and many feathered friends will be stopping in the Valley to refuel on their annual migrations to warmer climes. Join us on Saturday, September 25 at 7…

Natural History of the Mt. Tom Range

Mount Tom

The Mount Tom Range is an iconic part of the landscape in the Valley. Rocky cliffs, scenic vistas, and miles of trails provide opportunities for everything from rugged hikes to hawk watching to family picnics. The area’s unique geology also provides critical habitat for wildlife and rare plant communities. Join us on Saturday, October 2nd…

Cows & Conservation: A Farm Tour

Barstow's Dairy Farm 172 Hockanum Road, Hadley, MA

In 2014, the Barstow family worked with Kestrel and the Commonwealth to place an Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) on 123 acres of their farmland, preserving it forever. The Barstows reinvested the funds from the sale of the APR back into their 215 year-old dairy farm to secure its future. They purchased robotic milkers, a tool…

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