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BNRC and Berkshire Athenaeum partner on nature walks for everyone through October


PITTSFIELD, Massachusetts – This July through October, the Berkshire Natural Resources Council (BNRC) and the Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s public library, are offering free guided summer walks, with transportation provided from two Pittsfield locations.


Participants will be picked up from either the Berkshire Athenaeum at 1 Wendell Avenue, or the Berkshire Dream Center at 475 Tyler Street, and transported to the various event locations, with return to Pittsfield.


The outings take place on BNRC conservation reserves, and entail walks on well-marked trails at an easy pace. The series includes properties with ridgeline views, a riverside trail, wetlands birding, and an urban forest. Two of the events take place on accessible walking paths.


Each outing starts with pick-ups at 10:00am and drop-offs no later than 2:00pm. Actual walking time will be about two hours. The schedule of dates is as follows:


Saturday, July 27

Nature Hike at Hollow Fields, Richmond

Wide-open fields; stunning views!


Saturday, August 24

Boardwalk Stroll at Parsons Marsh, Lenox

On the lookout for birds and butterflies


Saturday, September 28

Walk on The Old Mil Trail, Hinsdale/Dalton

Splash in the stream and check out old mill remnants


Saturday, October 5

Forest Hike at The Boulders, Dalton/Pittsfield

Learn what to look for when identifying trees!


For each outing, participants can catch the bus at the front entrance of the Berkshire Athenaeum at 10:00am or in front of the Berkshire Dream Center on the corner of Tyler and Grove Streets at 10:15am. Participants will return to the Athenaeum by 1:45pm and the Berkshire Dream Center by 2:00pm.


Sturdy footwear is advised, such as hiking boots or sneakers; please do not wear flip-flops. Participants are asked to please bring their lunch; trail snacks and water will be provided. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


This series of outings with free transportation expands the ongoing collaboration between BNRC and the Berkshire Athenaeum. In 2018, BNRC and the Athenaeum together launched the Borrow a Hiking Backpack program, where community members can check out hiking backpacks equipped with field guides, trail guides, a basic first-aid kit, a compass, binoculars, a magnifying glass, bug spray, two ponchos, and an observational journal.


Established in 1967, the Berkshire Natural Resources Council’s mission is to protect and preserve the natural beauty and ecological integrity of the Berkshires for public benefit and enjoyment. There are 54 BNRC conservation reserves spread across Berkshire County, free to the public, open to everyone for recreation. BNRC conserves land, builds and maintains trail systems, and offers year-round group outings—all through the support of donors. More about all BNRC properties and trails, and BNRC’s free Berkshire Trails app, can be found online at bnrc.org.