Pioneer Valley Fern Society

PVFS Schedule for 2017 as of 2/22/17

PVFS 2017 Season Walks & Workshops as of 2/22/17



As of February 5, 2017

Free & Open to the Public unless stated otherwise

Date                Time               Place & Directions

April 23rd        1 PM               Fiddlehead walk, Mt. Toby Waterfall, Leverett (& Sunderland) MA

Look for & identify new ferns in their early stages. See fiddlehead photos on website.  Meet at parking lot at Box 438 Long Plain Rd (Rt 63) Leverett, (Ashram) 6 miles north of N. Amherst center.


May 14th         2 PM               Mother’s Day Walk at Chard Pond, Falls Rd, Sunderland MA

Explore the ledges & waterfalls for spring wildflowers and early ferns.  Short walk will have wet & slippery sections.  Meet at Chard Pond on Falls Rd, one mile north of intersection wth Rt. 47.


June 11th.          1 PM               Mt. Toby Tower Road, Sunderland MA

Approximately 2 mile easy walk on main road.  Meet at trail head parking area on Reservation Rd.  Brief introduction followed by trails walk identifying over a dozen common ferns.


July 2nd           1 PM               Mt. Toby Waterfall, Leverett (& Sunderland) MA

Mesic forest & fern walk.  Over a dozen common and some less common ferns (including glade, walking, Goldie’s, bulblet).  Meet at parking lot at Box 438 Long Plain Rd (Rt 63) Leverett (next to Ashram), 6 miles north of N. Amherst center.


July 16th          11-3            Fern Identification Workshop, Distant Hill Gardens, Walpole NH

Register at .  Indoor lab session with PowerPoint followed by field session, walking trails to see & identify 20+ ferns.  Beautiful gardens, natural areas & outdoor sculptures. 507 March Hill Rd, Walpole NH 03608


August 6th       TBD                Mt. Equinox, Manchester VT

2-3 hour hike on beautiful Mt. Equinox.  We’ll expect to find 18 common and less common ferns (including bulblet, maidenhair, mountain woodfern, wall rue, & cliffbrake).  Time & meeting place to be determined.