For more than a century, The Trustees have been working to conserve and protect land across Massachusetts while building engaging new programs to share their expertise with people throughout the state. We are mutually excited to collaborate on programming to get more people outside and connected to our special places in the region and build the next generation of stewards of the natural world. This season, we are thrilled to share opportunities to experience some of their beautifully preserved properties in the Connecticut River Valley for hiking, mindful nature walks, sustainable foraging, and tracking programs.
Trustees' Properties With Adventure East Spring and Summer Experiences
An impressive, but gently sloping 500-ft hill, Mount Warner overlooks the brilliance of the Connecticut River Valley. Nestled among the Mill River, the North Hadley Pond, and Lake Warner, this 156-acre property is comprised of a mix of forest types and wetlands and provides homes to an array of wildlife such as beavers, wood frogs, deer, and common New England forest critters. Mount Warner stands among 500 acres of protected land and with a matrix of well-marked trails, this property is perfect for a day hike ripe with opportunities for exploration.
This season, join us as we explore the trails and forests with sustainable foraging experiences and watercolor sessions with a professional, local artist.
A Trustees Property since 2009, the Bullitt Reservation was donated to the Trustees by the William C. Bullitt Foundation. For over a decade, the Trustees have maintained the property and preserved it from further development. Located in Ashfield and Conway, this 262-acre property features a blend of forests, open fields, and wetlands and links conservation lands totaling roughly 3,000 acres. At one time, the property was cleared of forests for agricultural and industrial purposes but, as of late, the forests have reclaimed nearly 80% of the land, providing diverse habitats that support both rare and local species including an array of migratory birds, and seasonally, over 30 species of butterfly. In addition to the stunning natural aspects of the property, the farmhouse, stone walls, and barns remain important features of the Bullitt Reservation landscape as they hold the history of both the property and the human activity on the land. And with terrain that ranges from gently rolling to steep, and streams that run across the property, Bullitt Reservation makes for an ideal place for beautiful hikes while having the opportunity to learn more about the historical significance of the property.
This season, join us for immersive forest bathing and sustainable foraging experiences.
A Trustees property since 1929, Chesterfield Gorge is an historic landscape comprised of primarily forested land and a 1.5 – mile stretch of the Westfield River, which over time, carved the feature for which the property is named. From its original 13.5 acres, Chesterfield Gorge has grown to 166 acres of conservation land, providing homes to protected plant species, large and wide-ranging species such as deer, bears, and bobcats and supports robust habitats for an array of aquatic and wetland species. With its unique landscape, the picturesque Chesterfield Gorge is a popular destination property in Western Massachusetts where visitors enjoy hiking, wildlife spotting, catch-and-release fishing, and more. With 70-foot stone walls, the dramatic rock canyon is an impressive entry point to this well-loved conservation area that folks and their families - both local and visiting - have had the pleasure of exploring for years.
This season, we look forward to enjoying a range of activities in this special location. Join us for restorative forest bathing sessions, sustainable foraging trips, trail running, and more!
Gravel Cycling: 7/24 · 9/24
To early settlers, Bear Swamp was truly rough terrain: steep, wooded hillsides and exposed bedrock descending to boggy wetlands, and swamp. Set on over 300 acres, there are 3 miles of trails that lead to different areas of the reservation. Despite having once been cleared for pastures and hay fields, Bear Swamp now features a blend of beautiful and strong hardwood trees and flourishing forests. Contemporary explorers will find a landscape of hard beauty, with field reclaimed by forest and the dark lowlands illuminated by colorful wildflowers in bloom. This property is perfect for fully immersing oneself in nature as a hike among the area will provide rewarding wildlife sightings and a feeling of being in a secluded and remote space. Bear Swamp is an ideal property for mindful hikes and taking the time to observe the subtleties of nature unfolding around you as you make your way across the moderate terrain.
This season, join us for sustainable foraging as our guide takes you the forest in search of useful and edible local plants while being mindful of the needs of wildlife.
Foraging Experiences: 6/16 · 9/13