Events August '16


Appalachian Trail Collage

The Golden light and long shadows of August invite exploration, don’t miss the chance to get out and learn about our rich natural resources. To receive weekly updates on all GB Trails events, send an email to

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:

Preregister for two fantastic Great Barrington Land Conservancy Events:

GBLC Hullabaloo ~ YOU COME TOO!

September 11th / 5 -7 PM /

Join the land conservancy to learn about our stewardship projects and conservation efforts. Light fare, cash bar, great music, happy hubbub . . . alongside the Housatonic River behind Riverbend Café. Admission $25 / complimentary with GBLC membership. RSVP by AUGUST 19th.

Run for the Hills! 5k/10k/1k Run /Walk

Sunday October 2nd

Register now for our fun and fabulous October Fundraising event. A perfect fit for all: Runners, Walkers, families, students. All proceeds benefit Great Barrington Land Conservancy: Promoting land conservation, farm preservation, and community trails since 1992. We are very grateful to our participants and sponsors for making Run for the Hills a big success! Your support helps shape the future of the Great Barrington landscape.


Tuesdays & Thursdays
Session 2: August 2nd – 23rd

Children’s Swim Lessons at Lake Mansfield

Free to Great Barrington residents To register call Berkshire South: 528-2810.

Saturday August 13 9:00 am – Noon

Housatonic RIVER PADDLE - Housatonic Valley Association

Float Stockbridge to Glendale--Enjoy this Family Friendly Paddle with our expert guides on a beautiful stretch of the Housatonic River.... Children age 6 and older welcome. Take a leisurely paddle on slow-moving, flat water from the new Canoe Dock at Park Street, Stockbridge through the Golf Course and woods to just above the Glendale Dam. You'll be among the first paddlers to use this Brand New Park Street Canoe Dock. HVA provides canoes, paddles, pfd's, expert guides... or bring your own canoe or kayak! HVA members FREE! Nonmembers $20/adult or $35/family* Only 12 spaces left! *Paddle with us and get a 1 year HVA membership as a bonus! Sign up now, by calling 413-394-9796 or email:

Saturday Aug 13 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Native Plantings for Home Gardens

Interested in incorporating native plants into your home landscape? Come see the new plantings around Pleasant Valley's entrance: a low-maintenance mix of shrubs, ferns, groundcovers, and meadow plants. Early dates may involve helping with the project. Master Gardener Kathi Hatch and Liz Stell will discuss local native plants that work well in home landscapes. Learn how to choose those that will work well at your site and which nurseries are good sources. Location: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox. Register online at or call (413) 637-0320. Audience: Adult / Members & Nonmembers: Free

Saturday Aug 20 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Canoe Trip along the Housatonic River

Search for frogs, fish, herons, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the meandering and scenic Housatonic River. This leisurely paddle will take us through the George Darey Wildlife Management Area. Learn about the natural history of this waterway that serves as the heart of the Berkshires. Location: New Lenox Rd, Lenox, MA. Register online at or call (413) 637-0320. Instructor: Sanctuary Staff / Audience: All (suitable for children 10 - 18 years) / Members: Adult $25.00, Child $25.00 / Nonmembers: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00.


Tuesday Aug 30 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Evening with Nighthawks at Mass Audubon's Community Gardens

Join Pleasant Valley’s caretaker for an evening of searching the sky for migrating common nighthawks. Watch these aerial acrobats as they catch insects on the wing. Preregistration is not required. Bring binoculars, a lawn chair and a friend. Location: Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Holmes Rd, Pittsfield. Register online at or call (413) 637-0320. Instructor: Jonathan Pierce - Pleasant Valley Caretaker and Hoffman Bird Club Leader / Audience: Adult / Members & Nonmembers: Free.


Wednesday Aug 31 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Riverside Walk at Housatonic Flats

Berkshire Natural Resource Council

Here is a chance to learn about a walk trail right in our busy Stockbridge Road area. Join Mike Leavitt and enjoy a riverside walk after work. This flat, loop trail has beautiful views of the Housatonic River. Pace: Easy, 1 mile/1 hour / Terrain: Mowed path, slight elevation changes / Distance: 1 mile / Where to meet: From Great Barrington, take Rt. 7 North. Look for the parking area on the left after passing Barrington Brewery. Email with any questions.