Discovering joy in the simple things….

Connecting with family and friends….

Finding peace in nature….

Enjoying beauty in the outdoors….

Experiencing life to its fullest….

Welcome!

Hi! While we aren’t new to Western Massachusetts, our company is! We hope you’ll take a minute to get to know us. Let’s face it, the outdoors helped most of us get through 2020. The outdoors is one of the best places you can spend time, relieve stress and improve your health – it is scientifically proven! We are here to help you enjoy the outdoors to its fullest potential here in Western Massachusetts and the Connecticut River Valley. We look forward to meeting you and getting to know you in the great outdoors soon!

 

Upcoming Experiences

Please see the calendar for all available experiences, but be sure to check back frequently as we are continuously adding exciting experiences throughout the year.

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Sunday, 01/16/2022

Join us as we ascend Mount Toby, weaving our way through gorgeous corridors and ravines along a well-maintained access trail.

Throughout the hike, we will be able to stop and observe some large water and icefalls near the base of the mountain. Upon arrival at the summit, we will have the unique opportunity to climb the fire tower and enjoy one of the most expansive 360-degree views the Valley has to offer.

Monday, 01/17/2022

Join us for an exciting evening under the stars as we climb to the top of Norwottuck Mountain on the Mount Holyoke Range in Amherst to soak up the rays of the full moon.
We'll start our hike at the new Kestrel Land Trust headquarters located at the foot of the beautiful Mount Holyoke Range, where we will climb for approximately an hour and a half before arriving to the top of Norwottuck. Once there, we will stop to take in the iconic views and watch the moon rise over the Pelham Hills.

Tuesday, 01/18/2022

Using our skills in observation, we can identify animals by their tracks most easily in winter when there is snow cover.

However, there are other ways to see animals as well. Middens, debris left behind from eating, fur and feathers, seed pods, bark and twigs, droppings and urine markings, and other telltale signs are sure to be found. A keen observer sees more than just tracks in the snow.

Wednesday, 01/19/2022

Winter is a beautiful time to enjoy a walk in the woods and you don’t need to be an expert to don a pair of snowshoes or micro spikes to make the experience an enjoyable one. We’ll help you gear up and take your first steps in our equipment making it possible to walk on snow and ice.

Once we get going, we’ll explore the beauty of the winter forest and connect to the healing powers of nature. We’ll discover the abundance of life in the forest. With tree and bird identification as well as wildlife tracking, we can begin to know our natural world more intimately.

 

Thursday, 01/20/2022

Enjoy a low-key afternoon paddle with us on the Connecticut River

This is a gentle loop from the Sunderland Boat Ramp access around Sunderland Islands Wildlife Management Area - First Island and Second Island. This excursion is a good introduction to upstream paddling and exploring a mid-river island where there are nesting bald eagles.

 

Thursday, 01/20/2022

We look forward to exploring one of the most dramatic and scenic geologic areas in Massachusetts, the Chesterfield Gorge.

Join us for a hike along the Westfield River, which has carved these stunning rock formations over thousands of years. We will pass remnants of a bridge destroyed by a flood in 1835 and traverse the many rolling outcroppings of ice and rock along the river, enjoying the quiet solitude of winter.