Hands on Nature • 67 Carter Street, Berlin MA 01503 • (508) 981-1335 • handsonnature@gmail.com • A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

67 Carter Street, Berlin

​​​​Hands on Nature 

              About Us

Berlin Meadows - Tyler Conservation Land

Indoor Classroom - 24 Central Street, Berlin

Berlin Town Pond - 34 South Street, Berlin


Hands On Nature programs are instructed by Heather Simpson. She has completed naturalist training through the Wilderness Awareness School in Washington. Her previous education includes a BA in Sociology from Skidmore College (where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa) and a Masters degree in Peace Studies from the University of Lancaster in England. She also is certified as a Lead Teacher by the Dept of Early Education and Care. Heather is the Founder and Director of Hands On Nature. She has three children and lives in Berlin MA. 

Board of Directors

Donna Stone
Ann Rossow
Jean Marie Johnson

Logo Artwork

Designed by Haley Fong,

Former Student and Summer Assistant


Generous donations and refreshments for 2016 Summer Programs have been donated by:

Cabelas in Berlin
Clinton Savings Bank 
Hannaford in Clinton
Walmart in Hudson
Lowes in Hudson 
Wegmans in Northborough
Market Basket in Hudson
BJs in Hudson
Thank you so much!

Connecting children to their natural world through outdoor educational hands-on experiences


Below are directions to our classes in Berlin MA.   

Berlin is easily reached from Route 495 (exit 26) and Route 290 (exit 25B). 

Berlin Conservation Land – The Tyler Conservation Area and Brewer Brook

The new location for our Summer Program!  Tyler Conservation Area and Brewer Brook are part of Berlin’s conservation land. The entrance that we will be using is in the center of Berlin on the corner of Rte 62 and Pleasant Street. We will be meeting in the big meadow below the stone wall (Berlin Meadows). If you need an address for the GPS you can use the Clinton Savings Bank address, which is right across the street, 35 Central Street, Berlin. You can park alongside the road, or pull up gently onto the grass. 

Berlin Town Pond, 34 South Street, Berlin

The frog and turtle pond is right next to the Berlin elementary school, located at 34 South Street in Berlin. As you turn onto South Street from the center of town, the pond will be on your left behind the tennis courts. To park, drive past the tennis courts and pull into the dirt driveway on your left, before you get to the school driveway.     

Indoor Classroom: 24 Central Street, Berlin

The classroom we meet in is located at 24 Central Street in the center of Berlin. It is the first building on the right, as you turn onto Carter Street from Rte 62. It is a white building with a green door, and you can park along the driveway. Walk in the door and turn into the third classroom on the left. This classroom has lots of space and access to beautiful conservation land, owned by both the town and the state.     

67 Carter Street, Berlin 

The 100 acre woods behind Carter Street are accessible at 67 Carter Street. From Route 62 in the center of Berlin, turn onto Carter Street and drive 0.3 miles. Turn left onto Carter Street (again), and Hands On Nature is #67, the second house on the right.