Field Reserves in the Five Colleges

Field reserves for teaching and research, as well as for habitat protection, are maintained variously by the consortium (Five Colleges, Incorporated) and the five associated institutions.  A brief statement about each of these reserves is given here with a link to the primary webpage with detailed information and contact information.

Five Colleges, Incorporated

      1)  Hawley Bog  in Hawley, MA 

Hawley Bog, a 65-acre preserve located near the Hawley Massachusetts Old Town Common, is a spectacular example of a high-altitude New England bog. It’s both a living classroom and research laboratory for the Five Colleges’ campuses and a popular hiking destination.

      2)  Wetland Forest in Hatfield, MA

             On the land Five Colleges, Incorporated purchased in Hatfield, MA adjacent to Exit 22 on I-91 for the construction of its new Library Annex, the southernmost part is a forested wetland near the Mill River.  After the Annex construction is completed, Five Colleges will invite investigations of this wetland area for teaching and research uses.  Inquiries should be directed to Sarah Pfaittecher at 

      3)  Lilly Pond in Goshen, MA

             For the history buffs: Five Colleges, Incorproated once owned Lily Pond, a level bog site that was used for ecological research.  FCI donated Lily to the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Amherst College

      1)  Wildlife Sanctuary in Amherst, MA 

The Amherst College Wildlife Sanctuary includes approximately 500 acres in a diverse collection of open fields (both actively maintained and unmanaged), wetlands, flood plain woods, river, upland woods, plantation pines, and ponds—and is an important place for both recreation and research.

Hampshire College

Mount Holyoke College

      1)  Campus Ecology and Curricular Trails in South Hadley, MA

The Mount Holyoke campus is an ideal setting for environmental learning and exploration. Students work with senior research associate  Dr. Leszek A. Bledzki to monitor weather, water flow, water quality, forest composition, and invasive species.

      2) Stream Restoration in South Hadley, MA

Goals for Restoring the Stream on Campus

  • To improve the quality of water entering Upper Lake from the tributary stream.
  • To set the site on a trajectory toward dominance by native plant species.
  • To encourage site visitors and program participants to engage in the science, practice, and social dimensions of ecological restoration through education and outreach endeavors.

Smith College

      1)  MacLeish Field Station in Whately, MA

The Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station is a 240-acre patchwork of forest and farmland located in West Whately, MA that provides opportunities for faculty and students to pursue environmental research, outdoor education, and low-impact recreation.

University of Massachusetts Amherst