16 College LaneNorthampton, MA, 01063Phone: 413-585-2742
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.
This nature sanctuary, operated by Mass Audubon, touches upon the towns of Easthampton and Northampton, spreading a diverse terrain of forest, meadows, grasslands, marsh, and wetlands. The Connecticut River floodplain supports a glorious population of wildflowers. Among the offerings here are many walking trails, guided bird walks, and summer camps for children. - Trail Map (PDF) Hours: Open Daily dawn to dusk. Nature Center is open Mon-Fri 9am - 3pm, Saturday 9am - 4pm and Sunday 10am - 2pm.
McLaughlin State Fish Hatchery
East Street, Route 9Belchertown, MAPhone: 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.
The sanctuary encompasses 8,000 acres of forests, meadows and gardens; Many learning programs in biology and horticulture are offered through the year, for children and adults. Hundreds of plant species can be found in the various gardens of the sanctuary. The public is invited to classroom programs (September-June), bluebird nest box activities for kids (January-March); year-round naturalist’s programs for adults and children, a winter Lecture Series for adults, and guided tours on foot and by vehicle. Hours: Year-round, Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. except holidays
McCauley Road, off Route 8North Adams, MA, 01247Phone: 413-663-6392
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.
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
472 West Mountain RoadLenox, MA, 01240Phone: 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.
793 Main StreetHampden, MA, 01036Phone: 413-584-3009
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. - Trail Map (PDF) Hours: Trails are open daily, dawn to dusk