Canterbury Farm

Canterbury Farm was built in 1780 and has been a tree farm for 70 years, with 160-acres of a variety of trees, landscape plants, blueberry bushes, a vegetable garden, and wild flowers. During the summer, groups can rent kayaks and traverse nearby waters; within two miles, October State Forest and three pristine lakes can be found. Groups may also bring their bikes and ride through the on-side gardens, or hike through kilometers of trails through beautiful brooks, ponds, stone walls, lakes, fields, and mountains. 
 
Contact Info
Address: 1986 Fred Snow Road, Becket, MA 01223. Berkshire County. Tel: 413-623-0100. Website: www.canterbury-farms.com. Hrs: See website.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: 5th-College. Activity Type: Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 3 hours. Cost: Fee.

Kayaking and Rafting Fun Facts

Ever wonder how a small life jacket can keep your larger body afloat? An object displaces water, which pushes back and causes buoyancy (the more water you displace, the greater the force that pushes back). A life jacket is filled with a very light material, so it can displace a lot of water in comparison to its weight, meaning it will float high on top of the water and keep your head above the surface.

Next time you take a rafting trip, think about the physics involved: learn about how things float, the force and torque from the water and paddle, and the logistics of crossing running water. Most guides can also give you interesting facts about the river in which you are rafting, its history, and the surrounding wilderness. Don’t stop asking questions!