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Natural History of the Mt. Tom Range

October 2, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mt Tom rock cliff

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 from 10am to noon  as we take a natural history walk on Mount Tom led by Steve Tilley, Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at Smith College. We’ll look for ecological communities like vernal pools, open oak forests along the ridgeline, and “prairie” openings, as well as geologic features like talus slopes, basalt cliffs, glacial polish, and striations. We may even spot some hawks, falcons or vultures on their fall migration over the mountain range.

This approximately 2-mile, moderately strenuous walk will involve hiking some steep, rocky sections of the New England Trail. Please be sure you have the ability to hike this terrain.

Please Note: For the safety of our community, all participants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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October 2, 2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Mount Tom
United States


Kestrel Land Trust
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