Events in Great Barrington

Check out all the great happenings coming up in Great Barrington, MA in July!Trail Signs 006

Appalachian Trail Conversation with Jennifer Pharr Davis
Tuesday  July 2  6 pm  Mason Library
In 2011, Jennifer became the overall record holder on the Appalachian Trail. By hiking 2,181 miles in 46 days, an average of 47 miles per day, she became the first female to ever set that mark. Jennifer will speak about the many challenges and lessons that present themselves along the trail, and will be signing her new book: Called Again.

Appalachian Trail Family Movie
Tuesday July 9 6:15 pm Mason Library
Come to this family event for a short talk and National Geographic movie to learn about the Appalachian Trail. Make your own gorp trail mix and then relax and learn about the wilderness connected by the AT, our nation’s longest National Park.  Then think about joining in on the SAT July 13th   AT Hike & Picnic at Beartown Sate Forest!
Drop in–no Registration required. Good for ages 7 & up.

Special GB Trails Meeting: Nature’s Notebook/ Phenology & Citizen Science (link:
Wednesday July 10 3pm Mason Library
Learn from Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s (ATC) Shawn Garred about Nature’s Notebook, a national, online program where amateur and professional naturalists regularly record observations of plants and animals to generate long-term data sets used for scientific discovery and decision-making. Whether you’re an amateur or professional naturalist you can participate in ATC’s national, online program, Nature’s Notebook: Observe plants and animals to generate long-term phenology datasets for scientific discovery. Natural Resource Stewardship Organizations can learn how to start a Phenology Trail! A phenology trail is a network of Nature’s Notebook observation sites. Linked together, these sites provide the participant with places to visit, enjoy nature, collect data, and learn about supporting organizations. To register:

Appalachian Trail Hike & Picnic
Saturday   July 13   2pm – 6:30pm  FREE (Bring your own picnic!)
2pm Hike, 5pm picnic
Discover or rediscover the Appalachian Trail (AT). Come celebrate Beartown State Forest and Great Barrington’s connection with the AT. Join DCR MassPark staff and Great Barrington Trails and Greenways partners on a moderate 3.2 mile-long hike around Benedict Pond Loop Trail and north along the AT to the Ledges for a beautiful vista. Meet at the day-use parking lot near the boat ramp on Benedict Pond Road, Monterey. Directions (link: After the hike join for a community picnic; bring a picnic for yourself, and some extra food to feed an AT thru hiker. Campfire provided. In the event of rain or significant weather the hike is cancelled. Sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and GB Trails. For more information call Beartown State Forest headquarters: (413) 528-0904. Registration Required! For hike, picnic or both, email:

Help Build a Bridge for the Appalachian Trail!
Saturday July 27 Tuesday July 30th
Don’t miss this great chance to volunteer with the MA AT Committee and work on the Sheffield Bridge Project. Replace the longest AT footbridge in Massachusetts with a new one.  Much to carry in, on short, flat hike! To help, contact Cosmo Catalano: For more AT Volunteer information go to