Noble View News & Events

Upcoming Events -- Save the Date
  • Abandoned Hill Farm Community Hike -- June 22nd
  • Yoga with a View -- July 7th

AMC’s Noble View Outdoor Center
in collaboration with The Westfield Yoga Center present
Yoga With A View
Sally Barber of the Westfield Yoga Center
will lead this session designed for adults &
children 8 years & up.
Sunday. July 7, 1:00 - 2:30 PM
(rain date Sun. July 14)

Spending time in nature is a great way to counteract stress and yoga is a
wonderful activity to relax the body and calm the mind. End your Independance
Day weekend enjoying the gentle movements and soothing breathing exercises of
yoga in a lovely meadow, surrounded by beautiful trees, with amazing views.
Yoga With A View is FREE, but donations gladly accepted. Wear comfortable
clothing & bring a blanket or sitting pad to cover the ground.
Before or after the Yoga session, stay, have a picnic and explore our
360 acres of hiking trails!
Pre-register for this program by leaving your name & phone number at
413-454-3232 or email For further details, directions

Spring 2019 Dog Hike

                                       Hosted by Noble View Outdoor Center 
                                & Presented by Healthy Pets USA 

                                                Saturday, June 8 

                                                 10-11:30 AM 

                                             NVOC, Russell, MA 

Join us as we walk the trails of mountaintop Noble View

with our four-legged friends. We will discuss hiking

etiquette, wildlife encounters and additional tips for

successful hikes before we hit the trails. Dogs must

be healthy, non aggressive and totally under your

control. NVOC trails are well marked and we'll meander

for about 2 miles.


Jim Helms, Founder and Director of Healthy Pets USA,

Behavior Consultant/Dog Trainer, Certified Canine Nutrition 

and Conditioning SpecialistCertified Master Instructor

Pet First Aid & CPR, Mass. Certified Animal Control Officer   

and AMC Hike/Backpack Leader. Jim currently shares his 

home with his wife, four Australian Shepherds, cats, plus  

raises Nigerian Goats, turkeys, chickens and guinea hens.  

Heather Morgan, NVOC Education and Programming,  

hiking with dogs enthusiast.

You must register for this event! Limited enrollment, 

so sign up early. Program held rain or shine. 

Heavy downpours or hazardous weather will cancel. 

Fee: $8.00 Send check to: Treasurer, AMC Noble View, P.O. Box 143,

Northampton, MA 01061. Please register by June 3, 2019. 

Go to link Healthy Pets USA to register yourself and your dog. 

FMI or questions. contact Jim at or 413-246-6506. 


                              Noble View Outdoor Center
                    2019 Spring Naturalist Hike Bird Walk
             Identifying the Breeding Birds of Noble View 
                    Sunday June 9, 2019, 8:00 - 10:00 AM 
                              Rain date --  Saturday, June 30 

Join us for a leisurely walk to identify by sight, sound and habitat the bird 
species that call Noble View home. Birds will be observed at various stages 
of their breeding cycle including singing, nest building and feeding their young. 
Leader: Tom Swochak has been leading bird trips for the Allen Bird Club of 
Springfield MA for over 25 years.  He is an avid "hawkwatcher" and, as a 
member of the Northeast Hawkwatch, counts migrating hawks each fall 
as they pass through Massachusetts. Bring your family and your binoculars. 
Recommended for children 10 & up. Heavy rain cancels. 

Pre-registration is required: $8.00


Noble View Outdoor Center & The  Naturalists’ Club present

Abandoned Hill Farm Community Hike

Sat. June 22

10:00 am -12:00 pm (approx.)

Noble View Outdoor Center, Russell, MA

  Leader:Dietrich Schlobohm

Enjoy a trip back in time and relive a part of New England’s past. See weathered rows of stone walls, haunting cellar holes, proud old sugar maples & overgrown roads leading to homes and lives since vanished. Dietrich, an environmental historian, will guide us on an exploration of an abandoned  community at the end of South Quarter Road. During this 2 mile walk participants will examine several abandoned farm sites and gain a better understanding of land use change and how earlier Americans lived. By using history, nature, and our imagination we can share in the fun of discovery and gain insights into the lives of those who came before us.

As we begin our walk there is an initial moderately steep climb of 5 to 10 minutes, but after that the pace will be casual and on level ground. Be sure to bring along water & snack. Proper footwear is a must. Meet at Noble View street level parking lot. This hike, accessed through the Sringfield Water  & Sewer Commision land has been approved. Pre-Registration  is required by June 18. Fee:$5.00 Spaces are limited.

For more information and to register go to our website and register through PayPal or send a check to Treasurer., AMC Noble View, P.O. Box 143, Northampton, MA 01061. Any questions, contact or 413-454-3232..


Photos from Halloween at Noble View

Photo Memories From the Noble View Fall Festival


Noble View shirts are now available. 


Youth sizes $11.00, Adult sizes $15.00. 

Please contact or see our caretaker Nate when you are at Noble View. 



Trails Maintenance Day at Noble View

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Special thanks to all of the volunteers who worked to removed debris

and deadfalls from trails. Here are some pics.....


Blue Blood Moon from Noble View

 Photograph by John Nardacci, Jr.




Noble View Volunteer Opportunities

Noble View Outdoor Center’s Committee is currently seeking new members and general volunteers. As Noble View has become popular, more volunteers are needed to keep up! Noble View is entering a new phase within the Club – to be a major AMC Outdoor Facility between the Whites & Delaware Water Gap. We welcome you to be part of this endeavor and TO VOLUNTEER. Specific needs are: 

Marketing Chair 
• Responsible for outreach including the Web Site and FaceBook as well as to provide stimulus in filling lodging and programs 

Trail Volunteers 
Training available, 6-8 hrs once or twice a month - mid April thru end of Nov

For further information please contact: Frank Evans 413-210-8119 

The Noble View lodging calendar (Make a reservation) page is now up to date


Emerald Ash Borer - killing Noble View Ash trees

The Emerald Ash Borer has been identified at Noble View. This Invasive is attacking and killing our Ash trees. Identification of trees that have been attacked is to view the top of the tree; if the top third is dead you have spotted Emerald Ash Borer damage. It is only a matter of time before the whole tree is dead. 

The Emerald Ash Borer is divesting the forests of Massachusetts, New England states, and across much of the Eastern United States

Scientific Name: Agrilus planipennis 
Common Name: Emerald Ash Borer 
Known Hosts: 
White ash (Fraxinus americana), black ash (F.nigra), red ash (F. pennslyvanica), green ash (F. pennsylvanica var. subintegerrima) and several horticultural varieties of ash. 

Key ID Features (Adults, Larvae): 
• The body is a golden green or brassy color overall with darker, metallic emerald green wing covers. 
• Adults measure ½” 8.5-13mm) in length. Females are larger than males. 
• Adults are present from mid-May to late July and feed on leaves leaving irregularly- shaped patches with jagged edges. 
• Larvae are flattened in appearance, consisting of 10 cream-colored, bell-shaped segments with a pair of brown pinchers at one end. 
• Larvae about 1-1 ¼” (26- 32mm) in length when fully developed. 

Description of damage: 
• Distinct S-shaped tunnels are formed beneath the bark from larval feeding. 
• Vertical splits in the bark are caused by callus tissue forming in response to larval feeding. 
• Adult emergence leaves D- shaped exit holes (3-4 mm in diameter) in bark. 
• The upper third of the tree dies back. 
• Numerous shoots arise below the dead portion of the trunk


Updated Trail System & Maps

In 2013 AMC Trail staff walked and reviewed Noble View’s trails and developed a comprehensive plan, including the elimination of redundant loops and trails near major trails.  As a result of their work, the trail system has been completely reworked to eliminate the confusing maze of trails that have developed over the years.

This summer AMC brought "Greenagers” (teenagers) to Noble View for 6 weeks of trail work focusing on placing the trail plan into action.  Junction signs were installed, wet areas bridged, and discontinued trails eliminated.

A new trail system and map will eliminate any confusion during your visit. Please be sure you carry a map and compass with you. 

Hike Safe.                                                                   

AMC "Greenagers" Trail Crew - Reviewing Safety Day 1       

Monthly Naturalist Programs

Noble View Outdoor Center kicked off its ongoing Monthly Naturalist Programs in 2012 with “Exploring the Natural World Around Us,” led by John Green Jr., a renowned Connecticut River Valley naturalist and photographer. Since then, we've hosted naturalist programs each month, including birding, plant and wildflower identification, and family programs for parents and kids.

For further information and directions contact Frank Evans, 413-572-4501, or by email: .

Noble View's A Mountain Classroom Program for Schools

A Mountain Classroom offers an integrated learning experience that merges environmental education, personal development and team building seamlessly in a hiking-based program that challenges students and inspires an appreciation for the natural world.

For more information or to schedule a program, contact: Andrea Muller at 603-466-2721 x8132, or by email: program details, see the Education page.

Noble View Generating Electricity

We're spinning the meter backward at Noble View Outdoor Center!

The photovoltaic array on the bath house went online on February 5, 2010, and immediately began to generate electricity. The electricity that isn’t used at Noble View flows back into the grid. 

Monitoring at the link below began on 3/5/10. Under Energy Performance, there’s a bar graph showing the amount of electricity generated per day, and under Equivalents you can get a better idea of the amount of power we’ve generated on an ongoing basis.

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