Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Hiking at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in summer

Set amidst more than 1,000 lush acres in the Berkshires, Pleasant Valley’s varied trails wind through forests, meadows, wetlands, and along the slopes of Lenox Mountain, making this site an excellent location for easy-to-strenuous hiking. While exploring, there’s a good chance you will see evidence of the sanctuary’s most visible wildlife resident, the beaver, via dams, dens, or lodges. 

Location: 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA 01240
Phone: 413-637-0320
Hours: Open daily, 9 am–4 pm; Trails open daily, dawn to dusk

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Canoe the Berkshires

Canoeing on Goose Pond © Rene Laubach
© Rene Laubach

Take a naturalist-guided canoe trip through the Berkshires from April–October! Explore by water >

90th Anniversary

We're Turning 90 in 2019 

Join us for fun, free events throughout the year in honor of our 90th anniversary! Read more >

Blue Star Program (text only)

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Free for Military Families

Active-duty military families get free admission to sanctuaries through Labor Day. Get details >

Take a Program

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Try Something New

We've got programs for all ages and interests! Come celebrate nature and explore. Find programs >

Sanctuary News & Events

Cedar Waxwing pen & ink drawing © Morgan Burns

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event September 13, 2019

Come to the sanctuary's historic barn for a free reception celebrating the intersection of art and nature! Enjoy refreshments, live music, and the works of seven incredible local artists.

Beaver on felled tree at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary © Ed Anzures

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

After being absent in Massachusetts for more than 200 years, three beavers were reintroduced to Pleasant Valley in 1932. They quickly got to work creating the dams and ponds you see today. Get to know beavers—nature's wetland architects!

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Upcoming Programs

August 27, 2019 (Tuesday) 8:00am - 10:00am
Explore author Edith Wharton's original estate, including its woods, wetlands, and meadows. Learn skills to bird by sight and... Learn More >
August 28, 2019 (Wednesday) 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Visit our beaver ponds with a naturalist, and search for beavers and other animals attracted to these rich wetlands. Learn abo... Learn More >
August 29, 2019 (Thursday) 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Evening is the perfect time to look for wildlife. We'll leisurely explore the rich wetlands of the Housatonic Valley Wildlife... Learn More >
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