Events July '16
JULY is a great month to focus on the Appalachian Trail! Plan ahead and join us on AT Community Day, July 23rd.

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Appalachian Trail Collage

Volunteer on the Appalachian Trail! It’s FUN! Trail Maintenance teams work on Saturdays and Tuesdays, and they could use some extra hands. Check out the list of projects and take a peek at the great work being done on the A.T. this year.

Details for this and other fantastic guided excursions are listed below:

Mon, Wed & Fri • Jul 1 - Jul 29 • 8-9am

Morning Yoga at Lake Mansfield

Welcome morning with a focus on breath and balance. Please bring a yoga mat and a towel. Our instructor Senta Reis is Kripalu trained and certified. A portion of proceeds from class are donated to Lake Mansfield Alliance. For more information contact Senta Reis: This is our 4th year of yoga at LM, there is no better way to start a summer day! $10 suggested per class.

Every Wed • Jul • 8-10am

Bird Walks at Pleasant Valley


Join avid birder, Jonathan Pierce - Pleasant Valley Caretaker and Hoffman Bird Club Leader - on a weekly bird walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands observing changes in bird species. Beginners and advanced birders will enjoy this walk. Participants can also enjoy free freshly roasted coffee thanks to the generosity of Barrington Coffee Roasters! Please bring your own travel mug. The free Wednesday Bird Walks at Pleasant Valley are funded in part thanks to the generosity of the Lenox Cultural Council and CompuWorks. Registration not required.

Sunday • Jul 3 • 8-10am

Breeding Birds Songs of Field and Forest


Lime Kiln Farm Sanctuary

Lime Kiln Farm has a variety of habitats, from recovering farm fields and forested ridges to swamps and abandoned lime quarries. We’ll explore these natural communities through the seasons, getting to know the interesting flora and fauna of this beautiful sanctuary in the southern Berkshires. Bring your favorite field guide and binoculars. Wear sturdy shoes and bring insect repellent. Directions: From the center of Sheffield (at the post office), drive an additional 1.1 miles on Rt. 7, turning right at Silver Street. Follow Silver Street for 1.1 miles to the sanctuary entrance on the right. Free for all. Registration is required, or call 413-637-0320.

Tuesday • Jul 19 • 3pm-6pm

Housatonic River Paddle Trip in Lee

Housatonic Valley Association

Join HVA on Tuesday, July 19 (3pm – 6pm) for a 6 mile paddle trip along the Housatonic River through Lee to South Lee. Some paddling experience preferred as there are sections of quick water and downed trees to negotiate. Reserve a canoe or register to bring your own canoe/kayak. Cost: $20/ adult (nonmember) or $15/adult (member) or family rate $35 for nonmember families and $25 for member families. Preregistration required. Call HVA at 413-394-9796 or email Program support provided by Housatonic Heritage.


Wednesday • Jul 27 • 3pm-6pm

HVA  Beginners’ Paddle, South Lee

Housatonic Valley Association

Join HVA on Wednesday, July 27 from 3pm-6pm for a free introduction to canoeing on a flatwater stretch of the Housatonic River in South Lee. Canoes and equipment provided. If you have never been in a canoe, join us to learn how to safely enter and exit a canoe, the basic strokes, appropriate attire and pre-trip preparation. Enjoy a short paddle upstream to enjoy beautiful views of Beartown State Forest. This paddle trip starts and ends at the same place. Families with children 6yrs+ welcome. Program support provided by Housatonic Heritage. Preregistration required. Call HVA at 413-394-9796 or email


Thursday • Jul 28 • 10am

AT Hike and house Tour of Kellogg Conservation Center 


Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Join Appalachian Trail Conservancy Staff for one mile hike from Jug End Road to Kellogg Conservation Center. The one mile hike will highlight the rich heritage of the Appalachian Trail and take us through a stately pine forest and into the rolling fields of the Kellogg Conservation Center. After the hike, join us for an exclusive tour of the historic June Hill Farm buildings (original home built in 1744) and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the patio.  Begin at 10 AM at the Kellogg Conservation Center on Route 41 in South Egremont.  Shuttles will be provided.For more info and to RSVP: call 413-528-8002 or email RSVP encouraged but not required!