Williamstown Rural Lands News

Vote Yes on Article 24

June 3, 2021

Your Yes Vote on Article 24 will protect vital farmland in Williamstown. WRL has applied to the town Community Preservation Committee (CPC) for funding to conserve prime agricultural land.  To

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WRL Announces Guide to Williamstown Trees

June 1, 2021

JUNE 2021.  Williamstown Rural Lands is pleased to announce the publication of an illustrated brochure designed to enable residents and visitors to take a self-guided tour of Williamstown’s trees. The “Walking Tour

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Summer programs at Sheep Hill

May 19, 2021

MAY 26, 2021.  BOTH PROGRAMS FULL.  Thanks for your amazing response! WRL is pleased to announce that our summer programs for children are back! We will again be hosting two

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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.

Upcoming Events

Bird Walk with Leslie Reed Evans

Bird Walk with Leslie Reed Evans

06/17/2021
7:00 am - 8:30 am

Event

Join Leslie Reed Evans, former Director of Williamstown Rural Lands and birder extraordinaire, for an early morning Bird Walk, Thursday, June 17th at 7am at the Sheep Hill, the headquarters of Williamstown Rural Lands. Look for indigo buntings, rose-breasted grosbeaks, black-billed cuckoos, and much more. Attendance is limited to 20 people.  Registration required. Please bring... Read more »

Stewardship Day: Money Brook Bridge Repair

Stewardship Day: Money Brook Bridge Repair

06/20/2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Trail Stewardship

If a tree falls in the woods, and nobody sees it break a bridge, did it break the bridge? Yes, absolutely. Help us as we prepare to rebuild the bridge along the Money Brook Cutoff Trail. Work involves hiking while carrying lumber, disassembling a 25-ft bridge, and may include standing in shallow moving water. 1-3 miles... Read more »

Firefly Hike is Back!

Firefly Hike is Back!

07/01/2021
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Event

We are pleased to announce that the Rural Lands Firefly Hike is returning this summer! Enjoy storytelling, a campfire, s'mores, and walking the fields at Sheep Hill in the glow of fireflies.  This year we will be joined by storyteller and musician John Porcino.  John's tales and songs delight audiences of all ages. The event... Read more »

Guided Hike Series: Birch Hill Loop

Guided Hike Series: Birch Hill Loop

07/03/2021
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Guided Walks

Birch Hill Loop Hike Distance: ~4 miles Difficulty: Moderate Hike Leader: Bob Hatton Beginning at Taconic Trail State Park pullout (halfway up Route 2 headed to Petersburg Pass): Start down an old woods road and quickly reach the fields. Ascend a knoll for fine views to the east of the Greylock Range. Pick up Bob's... Read more »

Stewardship Day: Stone Hill Road Trail Stepping Stones

Stewardship Day: Stone Hill Road Trail Stepping Stones

07/18/2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Trail Stewardship

Are you sick of plodding through the mud along Stone Hill Road Trail? So are we! Join us as we install stepping stones through consistently muddy areas along this classic Williamstown trail. Work involves digging, and also requires being in close proximity to other people (within 6') for short periods of time in order to... Read more »

Guided Hike Series: Leete Hollow > Dodd's Cone Bushwhack

Guided Hike Series: Leete Hollow > Dodd's Cone Bushwhack

07/31/2021
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Guided Walks

Leet Hollow > Dodd's Cone Bushwhack Distance: 5.5 - 6 miles Difficulty: Moderate / strenuous Hike Leader: Bob Hatton Beginning at Taconic Trail State Park pullout (halfway up Route 2 headed to Petersburg Pass): We start our adventure on the Sara Tenney Trail (south) down to Treadwell Hollow. From there, continue on Sara Tenney west past... Read more »

Stewardship Day: Berlin Pass Trail Boardwalk

Stewardship Day: Berlin Pass Trail Boardwalk

08/15/2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Trail Stewardship

After many years of wading through water to hike the Berlin Pass, we're doing something about it. Join us as we construct a boardwalk at the start of this classic ascent to the Taconic Crest. It will connect to a new section of trail being built this autumn by the Student Conservation Association. Work involves clearing... Read more »

Guided Hike Series: Stone Hill Geology Hike

Guided Hike Series: Stone Hill Geology Hike

10/09/2021
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Guided Walks

Stone Hill Geology Hike Distance: 1.5 - 2 miles Difficulty: Easy Hike Leader: Phil McKnight Join us for a gentle, rising hike from the Lunder Center behind the Clark south to Stone Hill Road and then back to the lookout on the hill behind the Clark. Science and geology along the way. Did you know that... Read more »

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