Celebrate 50 Years of Landkeeping with BNRC

1967 – 2017… and Beyond

Berkshire Natural Resources Council’s founding was rooted in a desire to ensure that the rural character, scenic vistas and unspoiled landscapes of the Berkshires remain its treasures for the generations ahead. Today BNRC’s supporters have built on that legacy of landkeeping – together we protect over 21,000 acres of land across the county and maintain 50+ miles of trails. Just like our founders 50 years ago, you too love the places that make the Berkshires special and many of you believe this is the time for bold ideas. With your urging, we crafted the High Road, a county-wide partnership uniting community and conservation. This year we’ll celebrate and honor the work of the last 50 years, while forging ahead in realizing this vision for the next 50.

Please party with us as BNRC turns 50!

Join your fellow Berkshire Natural Resources Council supporters in celebrating 50 years of landkeeping in the Berkshires. You can experience BNRC properties in new ways – join the special hikes, celebrate with the community on September 9, or embark on a special scavenger hunt throughout the year. We know there will be something for you and yours to enjoy! Follow our Facebook page and share your special photos throughout the year.

Special Anniversary Hikes & Events

Description: Download our scavenger hunt and seek out special features on BNRC properties around the Berkshires. Scavenger Hunt (PDF)

BNRC is a non-profit organization that works to protect land in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Landkeeping is important for wildlife, water and air quality and for people to interact with and enjoy the natural world. As part of celebrating our 50th anniversary of keeping land in the Berkshires, we invite you to create an original piece of art and/or compose poetry to reflect what landkeeping in the Berkshires means to you.

All submissions will be highlighted on our website and archived for future use in BNRC publications, with credit to the artist or poet. The winners will be featured in BNRC’s e-newsletter, social media outlets and website in addition to the prizes listed below.

  • 1st Place: Day pass for 2 to Mass MoCA, a large map of Berkshire County and a set of BNRC-published Trail Guides & Maps (Mt. Greylock, South Taconic Range, and Yokun Ridge)
  • 2nd Place: A large map of Berkshire County and a set of BNRC-published Trail Guides & Maps (Mt. Greylock, South Taconic Range, and Yokun Ridge)
  • 3rd Place: A set of BNRC-published Trail Guides & Maps (Mt. Greylock, South Taconic Range, and Yokun Ridge)

BNRC will showcase the art and poetry at its 50th Anniversary Community Celebration at Holiday Farm in Dalton on September 9, 2017. All artists and community members are invited to attend; event details are available at

Young artist (15 and under)
Young poet (15 and under)
Adult artist
Adult poet

How to submit your work
Please send all submissions to BNRC’s MassLIFT AmeriCorps member, Mariah Auman, at or mail/drop off to 20 Bank Row, #203 Pittsfield, MA 01201. Please include your first and last name, parent or guardian’s first and last name for youth participants, title of the piece, category of entry (i.e. young artist, amateur poet, etc.), mailing address and preferred method of contact.

Art entry files (photos, digital art, etc.) in a jpg or pdf format will be accepted. We suggest submitting a photo or scan of drawings and paintings. BNRC will print submissions for the showcase event.

Poetry entry files in a doc, txt, rtf, or pdf format will be accepted.

Contest timeline
Submissions will be accepted through June 15, 2017.
Entries will be judged based on creativity in interpreting the contest theme, accuracy of information and skill. A panel of judges will select 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners from each category. The review period will take place mid-June-early July. The winners will be announced in mid-July.

Contact with questions and inquiries. Thank you so much for your participation.

Observe the diversity of nighttime insects and learn about natural history with food, drinks and a bonfire.

Location: Hollow Fields, Richmond

Date: Saturday July 8, 2017

Time: 7pm-10:30pm

Pace: Easy

Terrain: Moderate

Description: Join us in checking out the moths of Hollow Fields and surrounding forest and observing the fireflies. Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program is allowing BNRC to use their moth surveying tents to get a glimpse of the diversity on the property. Their field technician, Dylan Cipkowski, will attend and help to identify. Please bring a headlamp and camera. We plan to offer live music and a bonfire to enjoy before splitting into two hiking groups. One group will head up to Perry’s Peak, returning to the top field by 9:15. The other leisurely to the top field by 8:45 for a natural history lecture. Both groups will spend time observing the fireflies and the moth tents throughout the hike, returning to cars by 10-10:30pm.

Register here to help us plan.

Check out the incredible rock work on our newest trail and take part in leaf peeping!

Location: Mahanna Cobble, Lenox/Pittsfield

Date: Saturday October 14th

Time: 10am-1pm

Description: Celebrate BNRC’s 50th by hiking our newest trail. Learn about the past, present and future of our commitment to conservation in the Berkshires. Narain Schroeder, BNRC’s Director of Land Conservation will lead the hike and also highlight BNRC’s High Road vision. After the hike we will enjoy light refreshments.

Community Celebration Day

Location: Holiday Farm, 100 Holiday Cottage Rd. Dalton, MA

Date: September 9, 2017

Time: 10 am to 4 pm

Description: BNRC’s 50th birthday Party! You are one of the BNRC supporters who has helped save landmark farms and hillsides around the Berkshires… please join us for a daylong party at Holiday Farm to accept our thanks and celebrate 50 years of landkeeping!

Hayrides will depart hourly on excursions around the beautiful working farm landscape of Holiday Farm and the surrounding property.

Guided Walks
BNRC Trails Coordinator Mike Leavitt will guide two 45 – minute walks on a trail opened exclusively for this special 50th anniversary. The terrain is easy and the pace is moderate.

Interested in archery but not sure how to start? Let MassWildlife teach you how to shoot a bow! MassWildlife will be teaching International Style Target Archery with Genesis Compound Bows, the same bows used in the National Archery in the Schools Program. You will learn the safety rules for archery, the eleven steps to archery success and even get a chance to shoot a bow.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to fish? Now’s your chance! Let the MassWildlife Angler Education Program be your guide. We’ll have equipment on hand for use, as well as terminal tackle, and live bait. You’ll learn the basics, from baiting up, to casting out. And the best part – you’ll actually be able to fish. So come try your hand at this great pastime, guaranteed to catch some fun! * PLEASE NOTE: THIS PROGRAM IS INTENDED FOR BEGINNERS

In the afternoon please bring your own fishing gear and enjoy fishing in our freshly stocked pond. Try to catch the prize fish!

Birds of Prey with Tom Ricardi
Tom Ricardi of the Massachusetts Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Center in western Massachusetts will offer close encounters with live birds of prey, including a falcon. Tom will share the history of these beautiful birds as well as demonstrate some of their behaviors. This program is designed for all ages to enjoy!

Come and enjoy live music all day!

Tuesday’s Fix- Chris Ferrone, Lon Kirschner, Tom O’Neil, Narain Schroeder, Thom Walsh
Tuesday’s Fix plays a mix of classic Rock, Jazz, and Funk. Though busy with family life and careers, the musicians reserve time after work on Tuesday to jam.

8 Foot River- Glenn Geiger, Steve Dietemann, Al Bauman, Steve Elling and Ed Stein
Alternative indie band blending acoustic and electric instrumentation in songs ranging from hard rock to sweetly melodic indie pop.

More music to be announced!

Food and Beverage Vendors

Holiday Farm Cottage Rental: You can stay right at the farm! See details at:

Schedule of events: details to come

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