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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!


Get Outside: Winter Wildlife Tracking

Even if there isn’t much snow, wildlife often leave signs of their presence. Join naturalist John Body at Marble Brook in Northampton to look for animal signs on Saturday, February 18 from 10 am to noon. In the past, we’ve seen signs of coyote, fox, porcupine, beaver, and the fierce fisher. Use your senses to find the wildlife that surrounds you!

We’ll be hiking on mostly flat terrain. Limited to 20 participants, so please RSVP for meeting location to (Heavy snow or rain cancels.)

Love the Land Book Share

On Wednesday, March 8, from 6 pm-7 pm, grab your favorite book or current read related to nature or the land, and come to this fun, informal gathering of bookworms, outdoor enthusiasts, and nature lovers. Warm up with a hot beverage and a snack while each person shares a brief summary of their book and what they enjoyed about it. (It’s not necessary to bring a copy of the book you want to talk about: Just note the title and author to share.)  

A list of all the recommended books and authors will be compiled and shared with the participants after the bookshare. And, if you wish to swap books, feel free to bring a used book of your own to pass along to someone else.

Join us for this fun gathering at the Forbes Library in Northampton to discover new books and authors and meet friends who share your enthusiasm for nature! Co-sponsored by Forbes Library and the Forbes Library Nature & Environment Book Club.

SPACE IS VERY LIMITED, so please RSVP by emailing



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