Pioneer Valley Fern Society

Pioneer Valley Fern Society Opens Doors

Local non-profit begins membership drive and announces schedule

The idea for a local fern club was the brainchild of several friends and fern-lovers in the Connecticut Valley region of western Massachusetts. The region is home to diverse natural habitats rich with fern species, such as Lawrence swamp in Amherst, Mt. Toby in Sunderland, and magnificent Quabbin, and offers great opportunities for exploring ferns.

The group of friends met in the fall of 2014 to share their ideas for an organization that would provide a forum for fernophiles in the area to both share their individual experiences and to partner together, joined by the common bond of a love of ferns and an appreciation for the beauty, wonder, and complexity of nature.

So, the Pioneer Valley Fern Society was born, and this website is the fruit of their efforts.

Here are the scheduled walks so far:

  • Black Friday Walk, November 27, Mt. Toby
  • Perhaps another walk in January, if the snow's not too high

We hope to see you on the trails!


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