Join HooRWA in a clean up in Williamstown on May 4th. Register at The Spruces Park on Main Street in Williamstown (the big lion statues are by the entrance). HooRWA will be focusing on a cleanup of the swale in Spruces Park. Bring clippers and hammers to help tidy up the swale planting area.
Register to be with us by emailing email@example.com before May 1st.
Join us for Riverfest 2019! Spruces Park, Williamstown MA. May 11 from 11 -4 p.m. Family friendly. Food, exhibits, demonstrations on kayaking and fly fishing.
Raft rides along the Hoosic. Admission is $8 per adult which includes your raffle ticket for a kayak, electric bicycle, 3″ diameter shade tree or Nature’s Closet gift certificates. A fun spring day – come on over!
Meet at the playground area in the southern Linear Park area off Water Street. HooRWA has proposed to the Williamstown Community Preservation Committee the construction of a trail linking the northern and southern sections of Linear Park. The Committee has approved this proposal, and the town will vote on it at in the 2019 Town Meeting. This hike is an opportunity for residents to walk the suggested route, which at this point is flagged and roughly brushed out. The trail is steep, wet, and rugged at some points, so hikers are advised to wear good hiking boots. Hiking poles would be a good idea for anyone who worries about stability. The proposed trail is about a mile. At Walley Bridge, we will continue to the crosswalk across Route 2 and proceed to the north section of Linear Park as far as the Hoosic River.
Free and open to all- First of two work dates – Saturday June 1
Help prepare the Mahican Mohawk trail for summer hikers! Join the Friends of the Mahican Mohawk Trail, Franklin Land Trust, MA DCR, HooRWA, and the Student Conservation Association to clear brush and blaze the trail. Bring water, work gloves and hand tools if you have them. Come prepared to hike on rugged terrain. To RSVP and get directions to the meeting location all (413) 625 9151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Lauren Stevens on a HooRWA sponsored first day of summer hike along the Hopper Trail to the summit of Mount Greylock, Friday, June 21 beginning at 6 a.m. After the two hour hike, you may choose to have breakfast at Bascom Lodge at the summit. You can choose to drive to the summit and have breakfast with the hikers when the lodge opens at 8 a.m. Start the summer off right! Register by Tuesday June 18 to email@example.com so we can let the Lodge know how many for breakfast.
Chasing the Water Chestnut
HooRWA is once again partnering with the Rensselaer Land Trust to help reduce the amount of water chestnut plants in the Hoosic River above the Johnsonville Dam. This noxious invasive reduces aquatic life and proves virtually impenetrable to swimmers and boats. Pulling it is strenuous activity. HooRWA participants should leave their boats by the dam boat launch, off Route 67, at 9:00 a.m., and park at the Fire House, 5 River Road – just off county route 111. Length of shift is determined by the individual. Waders and gloves are useful. Bring water; food provided. Participants must preregister. Leader: Kristina YoungerRenssalaer Land Trust ; call them at 518-659-5263 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by June 14th for preregistration and to receive a free lunch.
Free and open to all- Second of two work dates – Saturday June 22
Help prepare the Mahican Mohawk trail for summer hikers! Join the Friends of the Mahican Mohawk Trail, Franklin Land Trust, MA DCR, HooRWA, and the Student Conservation Association to clear brush and blaze the trail. Bring water, work gloves and hand tools if you have them. Come prepared to hike on rugged terrain. To RSVP and get directions to the meeting location all (413) 625-9151 or email email@example.com.
A clean up day on the Green River in South Williamstown will take place on Saturday, July 13 from 1:30 to 4:00 pm. Storm events have changed the course of the Green River and has resulted in bank erosion into a former landfill. Volunteers will walk the Green River upstream, helping clear the channel of small debris and should plan to wear clothes and shoes that can get wet. Broken glass should be expected. Gloves and garbage bags will be provided. There will be refreshments afterwards.
Assemble at the Hart Construction parking area at 318 New Ashford Road. This project is in partnership with the South Williamstown Community Association.
Hike the Bellows Pipe Trail on Mt. Greylock with Lauren Stevens and DCR Visitor Services staff. Participants should bring water and lunch. We pause along the way to read relevant passages from Thoreau’s works. Five to six miles; three miles if participants arrange transportation from the summit. Meet: Leave from the north gate (Notch Road) of the Mount Greylock Reservation at 10:00 a.m.
For more information, registration or directions call: (413) 499-4262. Co-sponsored by the Hoosic River Watershed Association and the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Join Cosmo Catalano and Lauren Stevens on a Williamstown Ring Trail hike across East Mountain.
More information to come this summer!
The 5th Annual Berkshire Natural History Conference will be held this year at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA. A day long series of short presentations on the natural history of the Berkshires.
More information to come!