photo credit: Kristin DeBoer

Outings and Events

Kestrel holds monthly outings to help you explore the Valley. These are open to the public: Just sign up so we know you’re coming! (Free or pay what you wish to help support our programs.) We also hold workshops for landowners and other events as well.

Please Note: RSVPs for weekend outings MUST be received before 5 pm on the Friday prior to the outing. Thank you!


Explore the Wilds of Sawmill Hills with Laurie Sanders

The Sawmill Hills form one of the largest roadless blocks in Northampton, which makes it a critical area for wildlife habitat. Join us on Saturday, July 9 from 10 am - noon to explore the latest addition that the City of Northampton has permanently conserved, with assistance from Kestrel. This beautiful area hosts rocky, oak-dominated uplands, vernal pools, a clear sand-and-rock bottomed stream that feeds into Parson’s Brook, and large outcrops and cliffs. All of this can be observed along a  path that connects to an extensive trails network threading throughout much of the Sawmill Hills.

Naturalist Laurie Sanders will guide you through this recently conserved land and talk about the area’s geology, botany, wildlife, and human history of the region. The trail is mostly a gentle, but there is one short, steep stretch and a wetland crossing.

After the walk, you may bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the Mineral Hills Winery while you taste some local wines!

Please register online here. You will learn the meeting location in your confirmation email. The outing is free but donations are appreciated to support our ongoing programs.

Rain date: July 16. Space is limited to 20 participants.


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