About NeVar


In the future this website's mascot and spokes-raven, NeVar, will tell stories about the Mt. Tom Range, particularly the Mt. Tom Area.

Ravens have been followers of our kind longer than recorded history and are a rich part of our folklore. To Indigenous Americans ravens are revered noble spirits: intelligent, adaptable, sociable.

And so the common raven was chosen to tell the story of the Mt. Tom Range and why the ridge that makes up the spine of Holyoke, Massachusetts, should be preserved largely as undeveloped open space.

Nature Center

Natural stone walls, a slate roof, cozy wood burning stove, the story book Visiter Center was the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Today it is the meeting place for the reservation’s seasonal interpreter who will share much about the history, ecology, and geology of a park that got its start nearly a 100 years ago. The Center’s displays are a must see.