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Alan E. Rich Environmental ParkAlan E. Rich Environmental Park


Main Street
Athol, MA
Website
978-249-2496

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
dave@atholbirdclub.org ~ www.atholbirdclub.org

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
Website
978-249-4890

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
978-249-2162
danbolton2000@yahoo.com

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


Click Here

A bibliography of guidebooks and histories of the North Quabbin.

Educational


Dean's BeansDean's Beans


Randall Pond Industrial Park
50 R.W. Moore Avenue
Orange, MA
978-544-2002
Website
support@deansbeans.com

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

Locally  MadeShoppingEducational


EarthlandsEarthlands


39 Glasheen Road
Petersham, MA
978-724-3428
Website
earthlands@earthlink.net

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
978-724-3302
Website

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
978-724-3302
Website

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


MassWildlifeMassWildlife


617-626-1590
Website
Mass.Wildlife@state.ma.us

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

Educational


Millers River Environmental CenterMillers River Environmental Center


100 Main Street
Athol, MA
978-248-9491
Website
abnc@millersriver.net

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
Website
978-248-9491

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

ServicesEducational


Mount Grace Land Conservation TrustMount Grace Land Conservation Trust


1461 Old Keene Road
Athol, MA
978-248-2043
Website
landtrust@mountgrace.org

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

EducationalServices


Nature Journeys with Clare GreenNature Journeys with Clare Green


71 Athol Road
Warwick, MA
dclara_2000@yahoo.com

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

Guide ServicesEducationalHikingFamily ActivitiesServices


New England Equestrian Center of AtholNew England Equestrian Center of Athol


660 New Sherborn Road
Athol, MA
978-249-2813
Website
info@equinecenter.org

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

Horseback RidingHikingEducationalServicesFamily Activities


North Quabbin Visitors Bureau


251 Exchange Street
Athol, MA
978-249-3849
Website
Facebook
nqtourism@northquabbinchamber.com

A division of the North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce.

Educational


Northfield Mountain Environmental & Recreation CenterNorthfield Mountain Environmental & Recreation Center


99 Millers Falls Road
Northfield, MA
413-659-3714, 800-859-2960
Website
northfield@gdfsuezna.com

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...

Cross-country SkiingMountain BikingHikingFamily ActivitiesEducationalFamily Activities


Orange Historical SocietyOrange Historical Society


41 North Main Street
Orange, MA
Website
978-544-3141

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
Facebook
978-724-3415

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

Arts & CraftsFamily ActivitiesEducationalLocally  MadeShopping


Petersham Historical SocietyPetersham Historical Society


10 North Main Street
Petersham, MA
978-724-3430

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
978-939-5656
Website

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
413-323-7221
Website

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

EducationalHikingMountain BikingFamily Activities


Royalston Historical Society


2 Athol Road
Royalston MA
978-249-7625
Facebook

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
978-544-9023
Website
solidarity@seedsofsolidarity.org

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
978-249-3551
Website

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.

Educational


Sugar Hollow FarmSugar Hollow Farm


425 Queen Lake Road
Phillipston, MA
978-652-5186
Website
lroy152@comcast.net

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

Farms / OrchardsFarm StandsFood and/or DiningEducationalFamily ActivitiesLocally  MadeShopping


Swift River Valley Historical SocietySwift River Valley Historical Society


40 Elm Street
New Salem, MA
978-544-6882
Website

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
978-840-4446
Website
information@ttor.org

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

EducationalServices


Walnut Hill Tracking and Nature CenterWalnut Hill Tracking and Nature Center


325 Walnut Hill Road
Orange, MA
Nick and Valerie Wisniewski - 978-544-6083
Website
walnuthilltracking@verizon.net

Outdoor programs in nature exploration.
Adventure close to home!

EducationalFamily Activities


Nicol WanderNicol Wander


Warwick, MA
978 544-7887
Website
nicwanderful@yahoo.com

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.

EducationalLocally  MadeShoppingArts & Crafts| Sculpture | Fiber Arts |


Warwick Historical Society


6 Athol Road
Warwick, MA
Website

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
Website

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

Locally  MadeShoppingEducationalFarms / Orchards


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