Farewell to a force of engagement

Anita Bradshaw Barker, one of our founding directors and dedicated supporters, has died. Ever the consummate engaged citizen, Anita’s legacy of volunteering includes service on many municipal and charitable boards, and Williamstown Rural Lands was one of them. Anita was a founding Board member in 1986 and served on our Board for over a decade. ... 

Upcoming Events

Hemlocks & History Hike

Hemlocks & History Hike

9:30 am - 11:30 am
Join Williamstown Rural Lands naturalist, Dana Williams, at Margaret Lindley Park to learn about our hemlock forests, their human and natural history, and threats to their future on this easy, [...]
Sensory Nature Walk

Sensory Nature Walk

10:00 am - 11:30 am
Have you ever felt a Turkey Tail? Tasted a black birch? Looked for patterns in ice? Come celebrate New Years’ eve and explore Hemlock Brook through touch, taste, sight, sound [...]

WRL Overview

In this video, actress and Williamstown Theater Festival alumna Jessica Hecht introduces our land trust in northern Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Consider it your invitation to join us at our many WRL properties and events.

Williamstown Rural Lands News

Kids Programs Schedule 2024

December 1, 2023

  Scholarships are available for all programs, please inquire with Dana Williams, programs@rurallands.org! Registration for all programs will appear here! Vacation Programs School break nature programs for Grades K –

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The ‘crazy joy’ of mowing Sheep Hill

November 1, 2023

It’s easy to mark the seasons here at Sheep Hill. No matter the time of year, there’s always something familiar we can count on to remind us that “Yes, the

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Be aware and take care during peak hunting season

October 19, 2023

A reminder that hunting becomes more intensive at this time of year, and you may encounter hunters on some trails in Williamstown over the next few months. Trails in the

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Land Acknowledgement

It is with gratitude and humility that we acknowledge that we are learning, speaking, hiking and gathering on the ancestral homelands of the Mohican people, the Indigenous people of this land. Despite tremendous hardship in being forced from here, today their community resides in Wisconsin and is known as the Stockbridge-Munsee Community. We pay honor and respect to their ancestors past and present as we commit to building a more inclusive and equitable space for all.

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