Visit Project Stream

Image of Project Stream Boardwalk

A public gateway to the Restoration Ecology Program

Project Stream offers visitors an ADA accessible boardwalk that meanders through forested wetlands alongside the stream. A trail kiosk and interpretative signs along the boardwalk invite visitors of all ages to learn about the importance of wetland functions, the types of plant and animal species they may discover in the wetland, and the science and practice behind the Project Stream restoration. Gathering space and benches are provided at the outdoor classroom for classes and other student groups, researchers, tours, and community members.

Rules of use

  • Because research projects are ongoing, and young plants are germinating throughout the site, we ask that you please stay on the boardwalk unless accompanied by a member of the Restoration Ecology Program.
  • Pets must be leashed and remain on the boardwalk at all times.
  • Site use is at visitors' own risk. The Project Stream boardwalk is not maintained in winter.

How to find Project Stream

The boardwalk trail begins just past the Mount Holyoke College canoehouse on the Upper Lake Loop and connects with the service road that runs below the athletic fields.

Map showing the location of project stream

  

Photo of a student providing a tour of the Project Stream site

Project Stream Site Tours

Students in the Restoration Ecology Program provide tours of the restoration site during the summer. Other times can be arranged. Learn more.

The Project Stream Wildlife Trail

Photo of a bobcat spotted along Project Stream

Along the Project Stream trail are a series of informative signs about the wildlife that call Mount Holyoke College home. All of the signs intentionally feature pictures taken either by wildlife cameras at the Project Stream site or by students from other spots around the College.

Photo of a spotted salamander spotted near Project Stream

The fifteen species featured are a small sample of the biodiversity present on campus. A more detailed report explains information on the trail signs further, and has resources for helping local wildlife. Additional photos for some species are provided for clearer identification. This trail was established as part of a course project by Stephanie Bennett '19 with the help of Kate Ballantine. The goal of the project is to bring awareness to the diversity of wildlife that persists even in areas of human development.