Fisher Museum and Trails at the Harvard Forest
324 North Main Street, Petersham, MA 01366
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The Harvard Forest comprises 3,500-acres of forests, ponds, streams, wetlands, and agricultural fields that provide diverse natural ecosystems and cultural landscapes for study and enjoyment. Open to the public year-round, the site includes educational and research facilities, a museum, and miles of recreational trails. The Harvard Forest is home to the Fisher Museum, which contains 23 internationally acclaimed dioramas. Seven of the Fisher Museum dioramas depict the history of landscape changes in New England, while others focus on conservation issues and forest management. There is no fee to visit the museum, but donations are appreciated. HOURS: Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm. Saturday - Sunday, 12pm - 4pm, May - October ONLY. The Fisher Museum is closed on Harvard University holidays. The Harvard Forest also contains miles of roads and trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, and horseback riding. A map of the Prospect Hill tract, located directly behind the main buildings, is available on-site. Additionally, maps for two interpretive trails -- the red-blazed, 0.5 mile Sanderson Farm Natural History Trail and the yellow-blazed, 1.5 mile Black Gum Trail -- are available at the Fisher Museum. Both trails begin at the Fisher Museum and wind through the Forest.
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