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Berkshires and Pioneer Valley are home to nature and science centers

McLaughlin State Fish Hatchery

East Street, Route 9 Belchertown, MA Phone: 413-323-7632

Learn about the raising of fish at one of the largest hatcheries on the East Coast. Wildlife area covers 1,400 acres. Open seven days a week.

Botanic Garden of Smith College

15 College Lane Northampton, MA, 01063 Phone: 413-585-2740

Stroll through a floral wonderland of thousands of plants! Specialty gardens and pressed flowers await plant lovers in the herbarium, and this is the prime place to learn about gardens, conservation, and science.
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525 South Pleasant Street Amherst, MA Phone: 413-256-6006

Exhibits, programs and nature trails focus on the environment, ecology, and natural history. There is also a library on the property.

Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center

99 Millers Falls Road Northfield, MA Phone: 800-859-2960

Enjoy hiking, rock climbing, viewing and photographing birds and wildflowers. There's a fishway for viewing of migrating fish in the spring. See full description of Northfield Mountain Recreational and Environmental Center

127 Combs Road Easthampton, MA Phone: 413-584-3009

The nature center features 25 acres of varied terrain, with five miles of trails and an observation tower. The 700-acre sanctuary includes a floodplain forest, marshes, and a grassland habitat.

Routes 102 and 183 Stockbridge, MA, 01262 Phone: 413-298-3926

This very old and respect botanical garden is a place of learning as well as pleasure. Classes and lectures are offered on many aspects of gardening and horticulture.
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Nash Dinosaur Tracks

Amherst Road South Hadley, MA Phone: 413-467-9566

A display of dinosaur footprints and bones that were found on the site. Open seasonally.

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

West Mountain Road Lenox, MA Phone: 413-637-0320

Visitors will enjoy seven miles of walking trails covering nearly 1,400 acres and featuring beaver ponds and a hummingbird garden. Public programs are offered. Open year-round.

Peck Road Wales, MA Phone: 413-267-9654

There are guided spring wildflower walks at this 3,000-acre site, which features three miles of nature trails and two museums.

793 Main Street Hampden, MA Phone: 413-566-8034

The 18th century house owned by children’s author Thornton Burgess highlights the 354 acres of walking trails and natural beauty. A library and exhibits offered.

Turners Falls Fish Ladder

Turners Falls Bridge Turners Falls, MA Phone: 413-659-3714

Visitors to this site can observe salmon as they swim upstream to spawn at a power company dam. Open only in the spring. There is an admission charge.

Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College

Amherst College, 11 Barrett Hill Road Amherst, MA, 01002 Phone: 413-542-2165

Exhibits at this museum focus on dinosaurs, minerals, and crystals. The 80,000 holdings cover historical and scientific topics.

McCauley Road, off Rte. 8 North Adams, MA Phone: 413-663-6392 or 413-49

Remarkable structures in white marble formed by natural forces

Park rangers are available in summer to guide visitors through this park, with the only naturally formed white marble arch and man-made white marble dam in North America. The park has a beautiful deep gorge formed the Hudson Brook and an abandoned marble quarry. There is a walkway above and through the chasm. See full description of Natural Bridge State Park.