Hilltown Families


Mark your calendar on May 31st for a unique community-based educational opportunity that connects to the past via historical homes in Western Mass. Read on and map out a family visit to get a snapshot of family life from another era. Some of the homes host many wonderful trails to be enjoyed and explored while discovering it’s history and contributions to local culture.

Become a Quest Detective with The Trustees of Reservations Now back through the stile, leave the cows inside. Round the Cobble clockwise, the vernal pool hides. Then we begin our first brief ascent, To the junction then make a quick descent… Though it sounds a bit like a nature riddle, this excerpt is part of a Trustees of Reservations quest for Bartholomew’s Cobble, a beautiful and historic site in Sheffield. What’s a… Read More

Trustees of Reservation Property Awarded Grant Glendale Falls in Middlefield, MA Exciting News for the Hilltowns! The Trustees of Reservations was awarded a Mass trails grant for the One Step at a Time Down Glendale Falls Project. It has been four years since a National Wild & Scenic Westfield River volunteer in the  Walkin’ the Watershed program noticed a need for a clearer and safer route to the bottom of the stunning TOR… Read More

Season Begins at Notchview! Though the ground is still snow-free, the winter outdoor activity season is beginning!  The Trustees of Reservations’ Notchview in Windsor, MA opened for the season on December 5th, and there are all sorts of outdoor adventures to be had this winter! There’s a youth ski league where kids can have fun learning fundamental ski skills on Sunday, Mar. 4th, 2012, and aspiring nordic skiiers of all ages can… Read More

Enter to win… Family Yearlong Membership to the Trustees of Reservations and a Family Pass for Cross-Country Skiing at Notchview in Windsor for 2011-12 Season! Western MA is a beautiful place to visit and explore all year long.  With winter coming and snow sure to fall, many families will be looking to snowshoeing and cross-country skiing as ways to get outside and enjoy the snowy backwoods and trails in the region. In… Read More

Rally for the Highland Communities: A Call to Action with Tom Wessels in Ashfield Mark Wamsley of the Highland Communities Initiative writes: Generations of residents have shaped the Highlands– stone by stone, farm by farm, and trail by trail. What role can you and your family play in its future? The Highland Communities Initiative invites you to rally for our region at the Bullitt Reservation (332 Bullitt Rd.) in Ashfield on Saturday,… Read More

Bryant Day Celebration in Cummington Saturday, July 16th from 7am-4pm Cynthia Sommer from The Trustees of Reservation writes: The fourth annual Bryant Day, held at the Bryant Homestead in Cummington, MA, is scheduled for July 16 from 7 AM to 4 PM, adding another year to the tradition of celebrating William Cullen Bryant, the famous 19th century poet, newspaper editor, and conservationist, and his passion for the art of the word. The… Read More

The Trustees of Reservations writes: In the closing days of the 2010 Legislative session, we need your help to push SB 90 across the finish line. This bill will ensure that the Community Preservation Act (CPA) remains an essential and effective tool for communities that wish to enhance affordable housing, historic preservation, and natural resource and open space protection! The bill would stabilize state matching funds for CPA projects and would clarify… Read More

Highland Communities Initiative’s 5th Conference Celebrates People’s Place in Protecting Our Region’s Rural Nature On September 12th in Ashfield, MA, friends and neighbors from across the region are invited to the Highland Communities Initiative’s (HCI) fifth biennial conference to celebrate the Highland’s rural nature and to share ideas from area residents that may hold the keys to its future. A program of The Trustees of Reservations, HCI supports and connects the people… Read More

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