Routes 102 and 183Stockbridge, MA, 01262Phone: 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.
Detailed information on hours and admission can be found on our Gardens page.
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.
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday hours vary by season
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.
Hours: Trails are open daily, dawn to dusk
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
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.
15 College LaneNorthampton, MA, 01063Phone: 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.
See a full description on our Gardens page.
Turners Falls Fish Ladder
Turners Falls BridgeTurners Falls, MAPhone: 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.
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
West Mountain RoadLenox, MAPhone: 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.
Nash Dinosaur Tracks
Amherst RoadSouth Hadley, MAPhone: 413-467-9566
A display of dinosaur footprints and bones that were found on the site. Open seasonally.
McCauley Road, off Rte. 8North Adams, MAPhone: 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.