Over 50 Tours of the Housatonic River Valley in the Berkshires this Autumn

Housatonic Heritage Walks in the Berkshires

The Upper Housatonic Valley ranges from Lanesborough, MA to Kent, CT and encompasses 964 square miles of the upper Housatonic River watershed, bordered by the Berkshire Plateau to the east and the Taconic range to the west.

Families can explore the Housatonic River Valley this fall on one (or many!) of the over fifty hiking, walking, biking and canoe tours being offered during weekends in September and October, 2012.

The Heritage Walks, an annual event, will take place over two weekends – September 22nd and 23rd, and October 13th and 14th.  The events take place all over the southern Berkshires (and there are a few events in northwestern Connecticut, too), and each one highlights a unique and valuable natural resource or historic site.

In one Saturday, families could help to catalog plant and animal species at the Berkshire Bioblitz in Pittsfield, canoe the Housatonic through Stockbridge, walk trails at the Project Native Farm, and hunt for owls on an Owl Prowl (then spend Sunday doing even more exploring)!  The wide variety of activities offered means there’s sure to be something for everyone – and the majority of each tour will take place outside, meaning lots of time to enjoy fall foliage and the cooler weather.  Families can even use the events to extend their children’s learning about subjects like geology, geography, history (local, American, and natural!), biology, and more.  For a schedule and more information about each event, visit www.heritage-hikes.org.

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