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: Seek out special features on BNRC properties around the Berkshires. Coming soon!

Description: Description: Due to extreme cold with high winds forecasted evening, this event has been cancelled.

Come capture the emergence of spring with a local artist.

Location: Hoosac Range, North Adams

Date: Saturday, May 13th

Time: 2:00pm-6:00pm

Pace: Easy

Terrain: Moderate

Description: Join BNRC staff and a local teacher and artist on this springtime adventure. We will hike to Sunset Rock with the options of exploring the ridge further. Clipboards, pencils and paper will be provided, and you are welcome to bring additional materials. Please bring your own camera. BNRC will provide refreshments at a good stopping place.

Register here to help us plan.

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. Farmscape Ecology 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.

Join us for a day of fun and festivity in celebration of BNRC’s 50th anniversary.

Save the Date: September 9, 2017, with detail to come

Description: Berkshire Natural Resources Council will host a community celebration day at Holiday Farm in Dalton. There will be activities for all including hayrides, hikes and walks, music, food vendors and fun activities for all. Watch for more details closer to the date!

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.

Ways You Can Share in Our Activities


Hike on a BNRC property or trail


Send us your BNRC pics on Facebook or Instagram