Quabbin Education Programs

Learn about educational programs offered at the Quabbin Reservoir.

Overview

The Quabbin Interpretive Services program operates the Quabbin Visitor Center, offering education programs, teacher workshops, and  general information about DCR's water supply resources. Three full time staff members are available to assist with visitor information and services. An automated telephone system - (413) 323-7221 - provides 24 hour access to current information on fishing, hunting, programs, rules and regulations, and public access.

Quabbin Visitor Center:

485 Ware Road (Route 9)

Belchertown, MA 01007

(413) 323-7221

The Quabbin Visitor Center is located on the first floor of the DCR Quabbin Administration Building in Belchertown and is open seven days a week on a year-round basis except for
Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and the weekend between Christmas and New Years. Regular Visitor Center hours of operation are 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

The Center features:

  • Exhibits
  • Brochures
  • Books
  • Videos about Quabbin management and history

Maps, books, trail guides and related materials are available for purchase through Visitor Center staff. Vital Records for the disincorporated towns of Dana, Enfield, Greenwich and Prescott are available on microfiche for genealogical research; please call ahead to schedule an appointment.

Quabbin School Programs

Education programs are offered for school groups at the Quabbin Visitor Center on a variety of topics from Quabbin history to the bald eagle restoration program. Group size is limited to 60, and programs are offered on a first come-first serve basis. Prior arrangements are required for group programs. These arrangements can be made by calling the Visitor Center - (413) 323-7221.

Groups interested in just visiting the Visitor Center are encouraged to notify the Center prior to their visit. All groups larger than 25 persons are required to secure a permit from the Center. You will not be charged for the permit, but the application should be submitted two weeks before the visit date.

Classroom programs and field trips are also offered to schools and groups in the watershed area and to communities which receive water from Quabbin. Topics range from water quality, water awareness, watersheds, natural history and Quabbin area history.

Public Programs

Groups visiting Quabbin Reservoir are welcome to stop at the Visitor Center for an introduction to Quabbin by DCR staff. This includes:

  • A history of the Quabbin area
  • A summary of reservoir construction
  • An overview of the DCR/MWRA drinking water supply system
  • DCR watershed management activities
  • Information about the wildlife and other natural resources found at Quabbin

More extensive programs on Quabbin history and the bald eagle restoration program are also available. Group size is limited and program reservations must be made well in advance of the anticipated date.

Additional Resources for Public Programs

Teacher Workshops

The Quabbin Interpretive staff offers teacher workshops on:

  • Water Quality Testing
  • Watersheds
  • Project WET
  • Project WILD
  • Project Learning Tree
  • Quabbin History
  • Other topics

Additional Resources for Teacher Workshops

Non-Staff Services

A variety of non-staffed educational opportunities exist for groups visiting Quabbin including the Forest Stewardship Trail, eagle watching at Enfield Lookout, and 22 miles of walking routes with a descriptive guide (available for purchase at the Visitor Center).

DCR staff is also available to consult with teachers planning Quabbin or water related programs in their school, or for those interested in a group visit to Quabbin. If you are interested, you can contact the Interpretive Services at (413) 323-7221.

For further information and to schedule programs, please contact:

Clif Read

Supervisor of Interpretive Services

(413) 323-7221

clif.read@state.ma.us.

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