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The Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area includes nine towns in Connecticut and twenty in Massachusetts.

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Explore the fields and riparian forest and learn to recognize and read wildlife tracks and see what winter birds live here. SPONSORS: Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Great Barrington Land Conservancy Leaders: Christine Ward (Great Barrington[...]
Resident historian Cornelia Brooke Gilder will uncover the origins of The Lenox Horticultural Society at a Tea & Talk here at the mansion. Her presentation will be followed by a Victorian tea. In January 1894,[...]
In this hands-on workshop, bend and stitch together a gorgeous bark basket with Jennifer Lee, an educator with Narraganseet and Pequot ancestry. You will learn traditional basket-crafting skills to create your own work of art.[...]
Jan 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Audience: All (suitable for children 6 – 18 years) Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00 Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00 Enjoy a moonlit winter evening at one of our sanctuaries to listen and watch for owls[...]
Take in the sunset from Sunset Rock on the Hoosac Range while sipping on hot apple cider!   Difficulty: Moderate (moderate pace, moderate elevation changes) Description: Join BNRC staff to watch the sun set, with[...]
Feb 3 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Audience: All (suitable for children 6 – 18 years) Members: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00 Nonmembers: Adult $10.00, Child $6.00 Winter is a great time to look for animal tracks and signs! Join our naturalist for[...]
2 miles total. Moderate (moderate pace, moderate elevation changes) Note: Night conditions may make this moderate hike harder depending on your comfort level. Description: We will hike 1 mile on the Father Loop to the[...]
Have you every wondered who else calls your property home? Come to the Cobble and learn from local expert, Jim Pelletier, the many ways to use trail cameras. Participants will learn how to best set[...]

Experience the Regions Rich and Varied Heritage.

Featured Tours & Walks

FREE WALKING TOURS

Tour historic estate gardens and town districts, enjoy nature walks and trail hikes, and experience industrial-site ruins that were once thriving industries. Also included is a canoe trip on the Housatonic River, bike rides along scenic country roads, interpretive walks at the area’s oldest cemeteries, a Native American village walk and many other kinds of walks.

GO BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THE EXPERTS

Expert regional historians, naturalists, and environmentalists will lead participants on an exploration to learn about our region’s rich heritage. Historical and cultural venues will open their doors to the public for free behind-the-scenes and estate garden tours; and natural resources organizations will provide access to the region’s most interesting outdoor recreational areas, including the Housatonic River.

NEW THIS YEAR: FARM WALKS

This year’s Walks include ‘farm walks’ that offer residents and visitors an insider view of the area’s operating farms and an opportunity to meet the farmers and ask questions. Participating farms include Holiday Brook Farm in Dalton, MA, Brattle Farm in Lenox, MA, and Freund’s Farm in East Canaan, CT.

HERITAGE WALKS

Three Autumn Weekends Are Filled With Free, Guided Tours. The Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area (Housatonic Heritage) invites you to the 15th annual Heritage Walks Weekends on three autumn weekends –Saturday & SundaySeptember 17 & 18, September 24 & 25, and October 1 & 2. More than 50 free, guided tours are offered throughout Berkshire County (MA) and Litchfield County (CT).

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