Take a Walk on the Wild Side with Berkshire Natural Resources Council

Enjoy a family self-guided StoryWalk® at Wild Acres Conservation Area in Pittsfield

By Berkshire Natural Resources Council February 9, 2021

Berkshire Natural Resources Council (BNRC) wants you to take walk on the wild side...

at Wild Acres in Pittsfield that is! 

BNRC, the City of PittsfieldBerkshire Family Hikes, and Berkshires Macaroni Kid have partnered together to bring a StoryWalk® to the Berkshires as part of the 10x10 Upstreet Winter Arts Festival

Get out and enjoy the winter with a half-mile hike and learn about animal tracks along the way.


StoryWalks® are an innovative approach to encouraging people of all ages to get out and walk while enjoying wonderful children’s books. Pages of a children’s book are displayed along a family-friendly trail. As you walk, you can read the book one page at a time, all while enjoying being outside. This creative activity provides us all with a new way to see, learn, and experience the amazing world around us.

In this StoryWalk® at Pittsfield's Conservation Area, Wild Acres, immerse yourself in the world of animals! Animals are all around us, and while we may not see them, often they leave behind signs that they were there. As you read along in English or Spanish to Mary Holland's book, Animal Tracks and Traces, watch yourself become an animal detective. You will learn how to read the animal signs left all around us — tracks in snow or mud, chewed or scratched bark, signs of dens, even poop & pee! Determined sleuths may even figure out what the animals were doing. This book is suited for grades K-3, but appeals to all ages. Adults are challenged to put their observational skills to the test! 

The StoryWalk® will be on display, in both English and Spanish, for a self-guided adventure from Saturday, Feb.13th– Sunday, Feb. 21st (dawn to dusk) at Wild Acres Conservation Area in Pittsfield.

Be sure to also check out the author Mary Holland's incredible blog, Naturally Curious.

Wild Acres Trailhead, South Mountain Rd, Pittsfield. Remember to practice social distancing, giving others 6 feet of space, and follow CDC, state, and local guidelines.

Visit Berkshire Natural Resources Council for more information. For a Spanish description of this event, haga clic aquí.

Since March of 2020, Berkshire Natural Resources Council has installed eight StoryWalks in Berkshire land preserves.

Previous StoryWalks:

Whose Tracks Are These? 

Written by Jim Nail

The Boulders Reserve, March 2020

Ferdinand Fox’s First Summer 

Written by Mary Holland

The Boulders Reserve, July 2020

Animal Mouths

Written by Mary Holland

Housatonic Flats Reserve, September 2020

The Universe Is Rooting for You

Written by Dan Sadlowski

Old Mill Trail Reserve, October 2020

Ferdinand Fox’s First Summer

Written by Mary Holland 

Hoosac Range Reserve, October 2020

Otis the Owl

Written by Mary Holland

The Boulders Reserve, November 2020

Buzzing with Questions: The Inquisitive Mind of Charles Henry Turner 

Written by Janice N. Harrington

Thomas & Palmer Brook Reserve, November 2020