Support Us


River Walk is designed and built by and for the community, with partners from near and far.
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Great Barrington Land Conservancy

The Great Barrington Land Conservancy administers the trail and manages our conservation easements on behalf of the public. The Conservancy is dedicated to conservation and stewardship of our community’s natural resources and special places.


Local Berkshire Greenagers are responsible for River Walk’s daily care, as we nurture the next generation of environmental stewards. This youth environmental organization is dedicated to community engagement and raising awareness of environmental issues through productive labor in local agricultural and conservation work.


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Networks and Connections

In 2009, the National Park Service designated River Walk a National Recreation Trail. Our William Stanley Overlook and W.E.B. Du Bois River Park link to several downtown history walks, the W.E.B. Du Bois National Historical Site, and the African American Heritage Trail of the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area. River Walk provides a riverside connection to Great Barrington’s Trails and Greenways network. We are a recognized cultural landscape with The Cultural Landscape Foundation.

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River Walk is a community-designed and created trail under the leadership of trained professionals. The riverside trailway is designed and engineered by Peter Jensen of Peter S. Jensen & Associates, LLC. Our native habitat reclamation is the work of horticulturalist Heather Cupo, B.S.L.A. of Plant Euphoria and the late Monica Fadding. Our resident biologist is Suzanne Fowle. Greenagers’ Director Will Conklin and Trails Coordinator Elia Del Molino coordinate programming and oversee all site work. River Walk’s founder and administrator is Rachel Fletcher.

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Interns and Apprentices

Donovan Baisley, Greenagers
Ryan Caruso, Berkshire Community College
Brian Eddy, Greenagers
Jenifer Fuore, Greenagers
Jennifer Goodwillie, Bard College at Simon’s Rock
Dan Hassett, Berkshire Community College
Jakob Johannsson, Greenagers
Todd Johnson, Greenagers
Hilary Kirchner, Berkshire Community College
Julius Kyagaba, Greenagers
Katherine Lister, Greenagers
Mac Litishin, Berkshire Community College
Penelope Lord, Great Barrington
Zachary Mino, Great Barrington
Phyu Hninn Nyein, Bard College at Simon’s Rock
Kevin Pieropan, Greenagers
Kristin Sanzone, Antioch College
William Powell Strayer, Bard College at Simon’s Rock
Peter Tiso, Bard College at Simon’s Rock
Jenna Lee Turner, U. of Rhode Island
Trevor Turner, Bard College at Simon’s Rock
Lukas Wheeler, Greenagers

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Among our 3000 volunteers, those with more than 100 hours in the field include Peter Barrett, Gail Berneike, Don Bernier, Glen Chamberlin, Peter Ghani Champoux, Ann Condon, Will Conklin, Heather Cupo, Dana Cummings, Bernard Drew, Monica Schultz Fadding, Rachel Fletcher, Erik Hans Jensen, Peter Jensen, Alden Johnson, Bernard Kirchner, John Mallory, Tony Manzon, Will Marsh, Bob Mills, Mark Pieropan, Judd Reiss and Comstock Small.

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Student volunteers with more than 50 hours in the field include Andrew Baxter, Jessie Drew, Jenifer Fuore, Willa Johnson, Ben Kalish, Hannah Kirchner, Ben Passmore, Andy Ritter, Aaron Seymour, and Matt Willig.


Property Owners Along the River Walk

River Walk exists through the generosity and permission of the property owners along the river so that the public may enjoy the riverbank habitat.

The Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires, presently Peter Hill, Pink Cloud
Melvin J. Katsh, presently Rite-Aid
Roman Catholic Bishop of Springfield (St. Peter’s Parish)
Lucien and Steven Aigner, presently Carla and Ruairi Collins
Nion Robert Thieriot and Roger C Tryon, presently Josh and Margaret Minges
Dale Culleton, presently Kate and Joel Millonzi
Berkshire Corporation
Town of Great Barrington, presently 79 Bridge Street Realty LLC (The Berkshire)