May 31, 2017 MassLift

Celebrate National Trails Day at the Housatonic River Walk

Saturday  6/3/17      9am-1:30pm

Hikes, Paddle, History Walk, Children’s activity and Community Potluck Picnic/ FREE

Meet at the Dubois River Garden Park (corner of Church and River Streets in Great Barrington) to explore the natural landscape through a variety of activities including hiking, paddling, history walk and a riverside activity for children. Potluck picnic at 12:30. Sponsored by Great Barrington Land Conservancy with Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Greenagers, Housatonic Valley Association, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Appalachian Mountain Club, Sheffield Land Trust, Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire and the GB Historic Society.

River Walk Self-guided Tour / 9am-1:30pm / all welcome/ no registration necessary

Come experience the wonder of our own National Recreation Trail. Learn about how trail design and ongoing habitat reclamation are helping to filter  the storm water as it flows to the Housatonic River. Kids can actively experience the Water Cycle with a great game that helps them know where water comes  from and where it goes!

Exploring GB National Trails Paddle & Hike / 9am / Pre-registration Required / space limited

Discover two National Trails with this ambitious excursion. Canoes will be provided for a lovely Housatonic River paddle that will bring us to Kellogg Rd and the Appalachian Trail. We’ll put down our paddles and hoist on our packs for a gently upward 1.7 mile A.T hike up June Mountain to Home Road. Transport will be provided back to River Walk and the potluck picnic. You must pre-register: info@GBLand.org.  Your hosts will include Christine Ward (GBLC), Dennis Regan (HVA) and Adam Brown (ATC).

Water Cycle Activity for Families / 10am to 11:30pm / all welcome/ no registration necessary

Come have some fun with this family water-cycle activity called “The Incredible Journey”. Children will become a drop of water and travel along the River Walk to different stations, creating a bracelet that will tell the story of their journey.

Stories of Work and Life on the East Bank of the Housatonic River / 10:30am / pre-registration appreciated.

Join Bernie Drew for a trip into history. We will learn about the first Bridge Street bridge, the old Log Homes property, 19th century land development, the rubberwear factory across from St. Peter’s Center and particularly the home of Jason and Almira Cooley, whose house is still there. The Cooley’s had more than one restaurant in town. Jason sometimes went down the hill and paddled a small boat across the river to the other shore to go to work. The journey begins at the Du Bois River Garden Park on River Walk and takes us across the river, then north on East Street, west on Cottage Street and south on Main Street. We will travel back to our starting place along River Walk. Register: info@GBLand.org