2023: Kids meet snakes, frogs and salamanders at Lake Mansfield!

July 2023 Lake Mansfield: 

Each year we reach out to Tom Tyning so that kids and their families can gain new insights into the wild array of creatures that are to be found in our ponds, forests, and fields. 

Tom never disappoints and he never comes alone! His fellow travelers may include salamanders, frogs, toads and snakes who are introduced one by one so that every kid (of every age! ) can have a rare opportunity of seeing these remarkable creatures and learning about their life histories. 

Run For The Hills 2023 A Great Success

Many thanks to everyone who helped make our 13th annual road race a success! 

So many pulled together to support the Land Conservancy.
Bard College at Simon's Rock hosted our community event again this year. 38 volunteers worked together to make this annual fundraiser possible. 106 runners and walkers enjoyed a safe and joyful morning. 29 business sponsors allowed us to meet our fundraising goal. 

2023 Boat Launch Improvements have begun!

This weekend Dale Abrams led a sturdy group of volunteers on the initial work at the boat launch to  improve the lakeside habitat and make it more inviting for visitors. 

With permission from the DPW and Conservation Commission, the team shifted the large kiosk.

Stay tuned! Next steps will include installing a silt barrier, regrading and seeding the area with a native plant seed mix, and installing a new bench. 

View photos. 

Rescued 80 year old Turtle Enki Could Not Wait to Get Back to Lake Mansfield

The habitat at Lake Mansfield hosts a enormous variety of wildlife. Snapping turtles are frequently seen swimming in the lake and laying their eggs at the shoreline. Improvements coming to the lake this year will improve the water quality and shoreline habitat for many animal species including reptiles, amphibians and mammals.  Read hear about a successful rescue of an injured turtle at Lake Mansfield.

Nov 1st: Lake Mansfield: Road Closures ahead for vehicles and pedestrians. Great Barrington Moves forward with Lake Mansfield improvements.

The extensive improvement work at Lake Mansfield has begun. Please plan for road closure and changes in walking routes as needed. 


The Lake Mansfield project is getting under way, and Lake Mansfield Road will close Monday, Nov. 6 to make way for construction and improvements.

The projects consists of culvert replacements, recreational improvements and parking improvements, and Lake Mansfield Road will become a walking path that is closed to traffic, except for a driveways serving a couple properties on north end and for emergency use.