The Kingdom of Mount Tom

Naturalist and Five College gardener John Bator will share images, insights and songs about the Mount Tom Range and surrounding Connecticut River Valley Wednesday, April 2, at 4 pm at Amherst College’s Alumni House. A reception will follow the event, which is free and open to the public.

Bator is a well-known and loved figure within Five Colleges, having worked for Amherst College for nearly four decades. During that time, he also helped restore and protect natural lands in Hampshire County. He serves as president of the Pascommuck Conservation Trust, and has campaigned, cleared brush, written songs and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to protect and improve land. He now maintains the consortium's gardens and those of other clients in the area while continuing to be a strong advocate for the environment.

A bass player and photographer, Bator’s multimedia presentation will feature stories and original music about this area that he knows so well. For more information about the event, please contact Carol Aleman at 413-542-4009 or