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)

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Please note: due to an unfortunate event conflict, the date of this event has been changed.

Join BNRC staff to learn about the trail building in-process at Mahanna Cobble. You can view the incredible rock work completed, learn about the techniques employed, and enjoy what should some great fall foliage! In the spring, we’ll host another hike to see the completed trail.

Location: Mahanna Cobble, Lenox/Pittsfield

Date: Sunday October 15th

Time: 10am-1pm

Description: Meet in the parking lot of Bousquet Mountain at 10:00am and embark on the trail together. The route is primarily moderate in difficulty. Please wear sturdy footwear, bring water and a snack or lunch.

Please call BNRC at 413-499-0596 or email with any questions. There is no need to register for this hike.

Community Celebration Day

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

Date: September 9, 2017

Time: 10 am to 4 pm

BNRC’s 50th birthday Party! Join us for a daylong party at Holiday Farm to celebrate 50 years of landkeeping!

While registration is not required, please consider letting us know if you’ll attend by reserving a free “ticket” here

Hayrides (all day)
Hayrides will depart hourly starting at 10:30am for excursions around the beautiful working farm landscape of Holiday Farm and the surrounding property.

Guided Walks (11am & 1pm)
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.

Archery (10am-noon)
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.

Fishing (all day)

Fishing lessons from 10am – 1pm: 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.

Fishing derby from 1pm-4pm: 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 (noon-1pm)
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!

Music (all day)
Come and enjoy live music!

Tuesday’s Fix (10:15am) Chris Ferrone, Lon Kirschner, Tom O’Neil, Narain Schroeder and 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.

Russet Trio (1:15pm) Aldo Lavaggi, Peter Madsen and Seth Travins
Alternative indie band blending acoustic and electric instrumentation in songs ranging from hard rock to sweetly melodic indie pop. Check out their website.

8 Foot River (2:45pm) 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. Check out their website.

More music to be announced!

Food and Beverage Vendors

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

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