Experience the rich history, culture and nature in the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area through hiking, biking, historic homes, river experiences and more.


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We seek to to tell the story of the Upper Housatonic Valley by interpreting our unique heritage in compelling and engaging ways.


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


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Lenox, MA– Bare Naked Beauty: Woody Plants in Winter @ Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Mar 17 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Audience: Adult Members: $10.00 —Nonmembers: $15.00 No leaves? No problem! You can learn to recognize the beautiful forms of oaks, maples, and other woodland trees and shrubs sans leaves. We’ll use a combination of branching[...]
Lenox, MA–Kestrel & Wood Duck Nest Box Building Workshop @ Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Mar 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Audience: All (suitable for children 5 – 18 years) Members: Adult $35.00, Child free Nonmembers: Adult $40.00, Child free Nest boxes on your property are a great way to support wildlife populations in your neighborhood.[...]
cost $27 – $50 $27 Upper Balcony $50 Orchestra and Mezzanine Three 19th and 20th century Russian works create a trajectory through recent Russian history. Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 1 is the first notable work[...]
Mar 18 @ 4:00 pm
Songs of the Soul: Sensual and Spiritual Renaissance Voices Mass L’Homme Arme – Des Pres The Song of Solomon – Lechner  
Increasing prevalence of Lyme disease and the emergence of other tick-associated human diseases in the United States have become a major public health concern. A wide variety of prevention and control strategies have been adapted[...]
Join us in exploring the history of the mill site along the East Branch of the Housatonic River. Difficulty: Easy to Moderate (southern portion of trail is universally accessible; solid single track hiking trail at[...]
Mar 29 @ 6:30 pm
Nora Hulton, CT DEEP Master Wildlife Conservationist, and science and math teacher at Washington Montessori School, will deliver a visual presentation entitled Black Bears in Connecticut. The black bear population in Connecticut has continued to[...]
Learn how to identify wood frog and salamander eggs and learn why it is important to protect these vital breeding grounds. Difficulty: Moderate (moderate pace, moderate elevation changes, some off trail venturing) Description: Join us[...]

Experience the Regions Rich and Varied Heritage.

Featured Tours & Walks


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.


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.


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.


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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