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Alan E. Rich Environmental ParkAlan E. Rich Environmental Park

Main Street
Athol, MA

A park welcoming visitors with car top boat access, picnic benches and a nature trail through Cass Meadow and woodland along the Millers River. More ...

HikingKayaking/CanoeingPet FriendlyFishingEducationalFamily ActivitiesNo ATVs/ORVs

Athol Bird and Nature ClubAthol Bird and Nature Club

100 Main Street, Athol, MA 01331
978-248-9491 ~ Fax 978-248-2020 ~

The Athol Bird and Nature Club, serving the North Quabbin Region/Millers River Watershed since 1963, provides a diverse Natural History programs and field trips for citizens of all ages. The Center houses the natural history collection assembled by the Athol Students of Robert Coyle and provides a meeting space for groups with an interest in the natural history, stewardship, and environmental integrity of the region.

EducationalFamily Activities

Athol Historical Society Inc.Athol Historical Society Inc.

1307 Main Street
Athol, MA

Originally known as Pequoiag after its earliest Native American inhabitants, Athol has a deep-rooted tradition as a tool manufacturer and hotbed for industry. The museum is home to several displays including military items, clothing, furniture, photographs, books, and other items of local interest.

EducationalFamily Activities

Bolton Through The WoodsBolton Through The Woods

456 Main Street, Apt. #3
Athol, MA

Get some exercise with Dan Bolton. Learn about the natural and cultural history while exploring local trails.

Kayaking/CanoeingGuide ServicesHikingEducationalServicesFamily Activities

Books About the North QuabbinBooks About the North Quabbin

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A bibliography of guidebooks and histories of the North Quabbin.


Dean's BeansDean's Beans

Randall Pond Industrial Park
50 R.W. Moore Avenue
Orange, MA

Buy organic and fair-trade coffee by the pound and tour the beanery. Coffee served around North Quabbin region.

Locally  MadeShoppingEducational


39 Glasheen Road
Petersham, MA

Programs in sustainable living and outdoor skills. Beautiful trails, events, and accommodations.

HikingPet FriendlyEducationalLodging

Engine House Museum

Main Street (Route 2)
Erving, MA

Erving’s equivalent of a historical society. Adjacent to Freight House Antiques, the museum is housed in the former Erving Fire Station and helps to recount Erving’s history as a major industrial town. The Engine House carries a substantial collection of photographs and scrapbooks, as well as a kitchen, living room, and parlor decorated in the style of the late 1800s and early 1900s; the old firehouse bell outside the museum serves as a reminder of the building’s prior use.

EducationalFamily Activities

Fisher MuseumFisher Museum

324 North Main Street (Route 32)
Petersham, MA

A project of Harvard University, Harvard Forest has explored the relationship between biological, physical, and human systems since 1907. The history of this interplay in the North Quabbin region is presented visually in the exhibits of Fisher Museum. The museum boasts 23-internationally acclaimed dioramas depicting the history, conservation, and management of central New England forests. Other museum exhibits represent the variety of research conducted at Harvard Forest. Fisher Museum screens a different film related to the forest itself or local cultural history each month. Complement your museum visit by picking up a map of Harvard Forest’s interactive trails.

EducationalFamily Activities

Harvard ForestHarvard Forest

324 North Main Street (Route 32)
Petersham, MA

The 3,000-acre Harvard Forest, mostly in Petersham, offers a wealth of recreational and educational possibilities, and is a designated Wildlife Viewing Area. Among the miles of trails are ¼-mile and 1½-mile interpretive loop trails (the latter with a side loop through a black gum swamp) and a hike up an old road to a fire tower on Prospect Hill with a magnificent view over the countryside. Established in 1907, Harvard Forest is primarily a world-renowned research center, conducting long-term ecological research and studies of all aspects of the forest—biology, soils, economics, history, and more—as well as collaborating with scientists from numerous other institutions and with educators throughout New England. It is also the home of the Fisher Museum and its dioramas exploring forest history. More ...

HikingHorseback RidingMountain BikingEducationalPet FriendlyCross-country SkiingFamily ActivitiesNo SnowmobilingNo ATVs/ORVs



Adminstrator of state wildlife management areas for conservation, fish, and game and overseer of fishing and hunting.


Millers River Environmental CenterMillers River Environmental Center

100 Main Street
Athol, MA

Diverse programs on regional natural and cultural history. Wonderful displays of birds, mammals, and rocks.

EducationalFamily Activities

Millers River Watershed Council, Inc.Millers River Watershed Council, Inc.

Millers River Environmental Center
100 Main Street
Athol, MA

MRWC promotes watershed and community health through water monitoring, recreation, and education.


Mount Grace Land Conservation TrustMount Grace Land Conservation Trust

1461 Old Keene Road
Athol, MA

A major force for regional land conservation and conservation education, plus trails showcasing native plants at its Skyfields headquarters.


Nature Journeys with Clare GreenNature Journeys with Clare Green

71 Athol Road
Warwick, MA

Nature programs for all ages, story-telling and portrayal of historical figures. Author of "Cutting a Bond With the Long Trail."

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New England Equestrian Center of AtholNew England Equestrian Center of Athol

660 New Sherborn Road
Athol, MA

Equestrian Park, new arena (available to rent), clinics, shows, and hiking.

Horseback RidingHikingEducationalServicesFamily Activities

North Quabbin Visitors Bureau

251 Exchange Street
Athol, MA

A division of the North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce.


Northfield Mountain Environmental & Recreation CenterNorthfield Mountain Environmental & Recreation Center

99 Millers Falls Road
Northfield, MA
413-659-3714, 800-859-2960

Miles of hiking and cross-country trails, plus a rock climbing area. Visitor Center. Picnic tables by the Connecticut River and seasonal riverboat cruises. More...

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Orange Historical SocietyOrange Historical Society

41 North Main Street
Orange, MA

The Orange Historical Society offers a chance for tourists and residents alike to learn about a community with a very rich, if often underplayed, history. A mass producer of sewing machines, tapioca, and hydraulic machines, Orange was (contrary to popular belief) the site of the country’s first automobile factory: Grout Brothers manufactured steam-powered automobiles, one of which is on display in the barn section of the Orange Historical Society. In addition to this vehicle, which traces back to the year 1904, the barn contains a fire pumper and other industrial items. Housed in a Victorian home with identical furnishings, the Orange Historical Society also includes a special children’s room, military room, and alumni room.

EducationalFamily Activities

Petersham Art CenterPetersham Art Center

8 North Street
Petersham, MA

Gallery and shop featuring local fine art, crafts, books, clothing. Classes and demonstrations.

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Petersham Historical SocietyPetersham Historical Society

10 North Main Street
Petersham, MA

The Petersham Historical Society and stunning town common are two prominent components within this district, which is included in the National Register of Historic Places. Before entering the Historical Society, view the monument to Shay’s Rebellion. Following the Revolutionary War, a debt-stricken group of farmers led by Daniel Shay rebelled against the Massachusetts State Senate in light of property foreclosures and high land taxes. Shay’s Rebellion is directly linked to the ratification of the Constitution, and the monument marks the location of the final battle. The Petersham Historical Society includes various displays of town artifacts, namely the fully-renovated Petersham stagecoach, and offers programs and events throughout the year.

EducationalFamily Activities

Phillipston Historical Society

50 State Road
Phillipston, MA

The formal establishment of Phillipston as a town included merging sections of western Templeton and eastern Athol to afford residents easier church access. The Historical Society functions as a museum preserving Phillipston’s historical artifacts and documents and hosts regular events.

EducationalFamily Activities

Quabbin Reservoir Visitors Center

485 Ware Road
Belchertown, MA

Public information source for the Quabbin Reservoir, hike and bike trails, and views.

EducationalHikingMountain BikingFamily Activities

Royalston Historical Society

2 Athol Road
Royalston MA

The Royalston Historical Society is located within the Royalston Common Historic District in the town’s “Old Schoolhouse Number One,” erected in 1837. Known as the Raymond School, the building remained in operation for this purpose until 1938 and originally faced the opposite direction toward what is now Bullock Park. The Royalston Historical Society today houses a large collection of town artifacts, most notably and recently a display of an old coffin and related items.

EducationalFamily Activities

Seeds of SolidaritySeeds of Solidarity

165 Chestnut Hill Road
Orange, MA

Farm and education center providing practical tools for renewable energy and community-grown organic food. Seasonal farmstand, visiting days, and workshops are also available.

EducationalFarms / OrchardsFamily Activities

L. S. Starrett Industrial Museum

121 Crescent Street
Athol, MA

Located at the L.S. Starrett company office, the museum has on display machine tools of the past. Visitors are admitted by appointment only. Impressive restoration was done recently utilizing grant funding with private donations. Tours of the museum can be scheduled by contacting the company during regular business hours.


Sugar Hollow FarmSugar Hollow Farm

425 Queen Lake Road
Phillipston, MA

Farmstand focused on natural produce, environmentally friendly gardening & living products. Offering various workshops and classes for adults and children.

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Swift River Valley Historical SocietySwift River Valley Historical Society

40 Elm Street
New Salem, MA

In 1938, this vast area was home to four towns flooded as part of the Quabbin construction.  The Swift River Historical Society exists to preserve the legacies of these four towns: Dana, Enfield, Greenwich, and Prescott. As residents in these towns were forced to leave behind their homes, farms, and businesses, the Historical Society aims to care for their former objects and reminiscences. The organization also provides a glimpse at life in the Swift River Valley prior to the events of the Quabbin Reservoir.

EducationalFamily Activities

The Trustees of ReservationsThe Trustees of Reservations

Leominster Doyle Conservation Center
464 Abbott Aveue
Leominster, MA

The Trustees preserve properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.


Walnut Hill Tracking and Nature CenterWalnut Hill Tracking and Nature Center

325 Walnut Hill Road
Orange, MA
Nick and Valerie Wisniewski - 978-544-6083

Outdoor programs in nature exploration.
Adventure close to home!

EducationalFamily Activities

Nicol WanderNicol Wander

Warwick, MA
978 544-7887

Creates unique needle felted puppets, creatures, jewelry, hearts and commitment heart pillows. Her Wanderful Creation’s business has entertained both children and adults alike by providing her enchanting creations in performances and for sale at local venues and online. Offers many children’s puppetry programs and teaches the art of needle felting, offering classes and workshops.

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Warwick Historical Society

6 Athol Road
Warwick, MA

Outside of the Warwick Historical Society, you will find a “scythe tree” with a gripping story behind it. Inside, the Historical Society boasts an expansive collection including picture albums, furniture, and relics which harken back to the town’s industrial past as a glass and boot manufacturer. Its collection also contains the diary of a 1700s Warwick minister and a pump log used in the early 1880s.

EducationalFamily Activities

White Buffalo Herbs

Warwick MA

Handmade organic herbals, teas, aromatherapy products, and classes.

Locally  MadeShoppingEducationalFarms / Orchards