Calendar of Events

Berkshire events – locations in red
Connecticut River Valley events – locations in green
BEAT sponsored/co-sponsored events in navy

return to top

BEAT Special Events

Housatonic River Cleanup
Saturday, July 15 | 9 AM – 1 PM
Wahconah Park | Pittsfield

Ladies and gentlemen it’s Housatonic River clean up time! Thanks to past efforts we’re helping turn this river around. We need your help to continue. No skill required! We provide gloves and some waders (but if you have your own bring those, too), also any clippers or loppers are always appreciated.

Dress for the weather and bring a refillable water bottle – we will have water for refills on hand.

Free Lunch! Free Blue Q goodie bags!



Invasive Hardy Kiwi Pull
Sunday, July 16 | 9:45 AM – 12 noon
Burbank Park | Pittsfield
This event is co-hosted with Temple Anshe Amunim and is open to the public.

We will meet at the boat ramp/fishing pier parking lot and hike into the woods to some of the major patches of invasive kiwi that need pulling. On the way, we will pass a patch that we pulled in November 2015, so you can see what a difference we are making!

Please bring a refillable water bottle – we will have water on hand for refills. If you have work gloves, clippers, or loppers please bring them; but we will have them on hand for you to borrow if you don’t have them. Lightweight long sleeves and long pants recommended as well as bug repellent of your choice. There are ticks in these woods.

return to top

BEAT’s Monthly Wildlife Tracking Club

1st Wednesday and 3rd Saturday of the month
9 AM – 12 noon
Locations will vary throughout Berkshire County

BEAT’s Wildlife Tracking group will meet twice monthly, always on the 1st Wednesday and the 3rd Saturday. It will be open to the public and run in Berkshire County. There will be an annual membership fee of $15.00. One-time participants can attend an individual event for $5.00.

The objectives of this club are threefold:
1) to educate the public (and each other) on wildlife tracking and other naturalist skills (including birding and plant identification)
2) to collect data (such as wildlife movement) for organizations in a position to act (like BEAT, MassWildlife, or a land trust)
3) to establish a robust wildlife tracking community

return to top


BEAT Weekly Kiwi Cutting at Burbank Park

Year-round, Thursday mornings, 8:30 – 10:30 AM
Location: Contact Jane for where we are meeting this week [email protected] or 413-230-7321 (cell)

Get your morning exercise and help eradicate this destructive invasive at the same time! Gloves and tools will be provided, but we encourage you to bring extra tools if you have them (loppers, pruning sheers, and pruning saws). Hardy Kiwi is an exotic invasive ornamental that threatens forests in western Massachusetts through complete domination of mature trees. Once it germinates, it will climb surrounding vegetation and eventually kill its support. Hardy kiwi can grow over 20 feet in a year. It has become a major problem in places such as Kennedy Park and Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, and now Burbank Park.

Contact: Please call Jane Winn at [email protected] or call 413-230-7321 if you are planning to attend.

return to top

Pittsfield Green Drinks

Sponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)

Tuesday, July 18 | 5:15 PM
J. Allen’s Clubhouse, 41 North Street, Pittsfield

Pittsfield Green Drinks is a very informal gathering, open to everyone with any environmental interest. The drinks aren’t green, but our conversations are.

Guest speaker for July: Our speaker, starting around 6 PM, will be local environmentalist and beekeeper Richard Clapper. Clapper has been keeping bees on his property in Peru, MA, as well as several local farms, for the past six years. In total he oversees 30 hives. Clapper will discuss bees’ important role in our ecosystems, and problems facing local bee populations and beekeepers. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by discussion and Q&A.
What is Green Drinks? Green Drinks is an international forum where people who work in the environmental field meet for a beer and snacks at informal sessions. There will be a lively mix of people from Non-profit organizations, academia, government and business. Green Drinks is a great way of catching up with people you know and for making new contacts. These networking events are very simple and unstructured. Come along and you’ll be made welcome.


Great Barrington Green Drinks

Great Barrington Green Drinks on Hiatus until September 2017.
What’s Green Drinks? It’s a free monthly social event for people interested in everything from environmental education to local agriculture, the arts, activism, green business and design, and the ways all of these intersect.

So grab a friend or two and bring them down to share what you’re working on (green or not) and meet others in the community.

return to top

Northern Berkshire Green Drinks

Thursday, July 6 (the first Thursday of the month) | 5:30 – 7 PM
Purple Pub Annex, Spring St., Williamstown, MA
Green Drinks is an informal local gathering of North County folks who care about the environment. We meet monthly for discussion, often around a focus topic introduced by a guest speaker.
We are active, engaged members of communities near Mt. Greylock. We are committed to justice and united in our fight for progressive policies. This group was formed immediately after the November 2016 presidential election. We gather as a community to galvanize action, support one another, discuss ideas for moving forward, ways to deal with our own and our family members’ responses to the election.

Pittsfield Tree Watch Monthly Meeting

Thursday, July 13th
(2nd Thursday of every month)
4 – 5:30 PM
Pittsfield Senior Center, 330 North Street, Pittsfield

See info sheet HERE

5 PM – 6:30 PM
Every second Tuesday of the month.
Meet in the Parking Lot at 874 North Street Bring tree/shrub concerns, gloves, and tools for evaluation.

Upcoming Clinics: July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10 from 5 -6:30 PM; November 14 from 4 – 5:30 PM

Pittsfield Tree Watch works to:

  • Help preserve existing Pittsfield trees
  • Encourage tree planting
  • Stand for the economic, social and environmental benefits of trees

Please come and learn more about what is happening to increase the number of trees in Pittsfield!

return to top


EPA Housatonic River Citizens Coordinating Council

NEXT MEETING : Wednesday, July 12th

This meeting will be a driving tour. Time to be announced.


return to top


Green Night with Western Mass Green Consortium

Wednesday, July 12th (2nd Wednesday of the month) | 5:30 – 7 PM
Platform Sports Bar, 125A Pleasant Street, Northampton

This month: GCC’s Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency Program: Internships Enhance Local Businesses

GCC has significantly contributed to Massachusetts’ national prominence in renewable energy and energy efficiency, and our interns are often on the forefront of these fields. Student interns have contributed to such forward-looking developments as manufacturing recycled vegetable oil fuel, assessing the energy performance of our regional building stock, increasing outreach to businesses and volunteers for our local low-income housing franchise, and designing and installing solar arrays.

Recent and current interns will give a thumbnail sketch of their experiences working for local organizations such as Northeast Biodiesel, Power House Energy Consulting, and Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity; representatives of host sites will also be on hand to discuss their perspective of the internship process. Teresa Jones, GCC’s RE/EE Program Director, Christine Copeland, GCC’s Internship Coordinator guru, and Beth Paulson, Adjunct Faculty for the RE/EE Program, will update us on GCC’s accomplishments, describe how other businesses can get involved, and introduce the fabulous presenters.

GCC’s pioneering Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency degree and certificate programs have been closely aligned with local sustainable businesses since the program began in 2008. It is a leader in not only the state, but the country. The coursework predicted the need in this booming industry, received recognition for its academic AND practical, on-the-ground, accomplishments. They have graduated 29 students in the degree program and 79 students in the intensive one-year certificate program.

Visit our WEBSITE

About Green Night – Every Second Wednesday except August come to Platform Sports Bar at Union Station for Green Night to learn about what is going on in the Valley around sustainability. From 5:00-5:30 grab a drink or order food and chat with others. At 5:30 it’s time to share news, events and make your announcements. The featured presentation begins at 6:00 with Q&A following. At 7:00 we move into the bar. Energy is high and we continue with conversations, networking and more food and drink.

All are welcome!

350Mass Berkshire Node: Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, July 19 | Potluck at 5:30 PM • Meeting begins at 6 PM
UU Church, 175 Wendell Ave. Pittsfield, MA

All are welcome!

Every month our meetings offer an opportunity for Berkshire residents to get involved with the growing climate change movement.

You can say you’re attending and invite your friends on Facebook here:
As always catch us around the web:

return to top


Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Monday, June 26th (Northampton) | 7 – 9 PM
(Fourth Monday of each month)
Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01004
Unitarian Society of Northampton on Main St.

Handicap accessible and on a bus line
Everyone is welcome!

Upcoming meetings: TBA

Climate Action Now is a people powered, grassroots Western Massachusetts based organization dedicated to building a powerful, unstoppable climate justice movement. We work in our communities and in collaboration with diverse partners across the region to educate, advocate, and mobilize for climate action. Newcomers are welcome! Let’s work together to create an inclusive, unstoppable movement for climate justice!


return to top


Athol Bird & Nature Club Events

Monday, June 26 | 1 – 4 PM
The Caterpillar Lab
Athol Public Library, 568 Main Street, Athol, MA
The lab is a visual and hands-on starting point for participants of all ages to learn how to explore and appreciate the natural world around them. Come join the caterpillar fun! No registration is required!

Saturday, July 8 | 10 AM – 1 PM
Trees and other plants of the South Athol Conservation Area

Join Nancy Goodman, Naturalist and Plant Conservation Volunteer with New England Wild Flower Society for this botanical exploration of the SACA. Trees surround us and support us in so many important ways. Though they’re rooted in one place, they are complex, fascinating, and beautiful living things. Plants are also fascinating to look at and identify. We will be looking at a mix of plants and trees to learn what we can. We will also be paying attention to what changes we see when we go from one habitat to another, and how subtle this can be. Plants and trees can tell you a lot about the habitats you might be in. Bring Binoculars, water, and a sense of adventure. Meet 10 :00 am at the Conservation area. To find the South Athol Conservation area entrance: travel south on South Athol Road from Athol center and the entrance will be on the right 1.1 miles south of the route 2 overpass, between the intersections of Riceville Road and Conant Road. (GPS – 3800 South Athol Road) A Conservation Area sign at the driveway will point you down the dirt roadway to a small parking area on the right before the gate (private residence).

Athol Bird and Nature Club Events
Unless otherwise noted, programs are free and open to all, meet at the Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main Street, Athol. If weather is questionable on a field trip day, please call the trip leader at least an hour before the scheduled meeting time

return to top


Lee Monthly Town Clean-up with the
Greener Gateway Committee

Saturday, July 29th | 9 AM – 11 AM

A monthly town clean-up will be held in Lee every last Saturday of the month, if the ground is clear and the wind-chill is no lower than 25 degrees.

We meet at the gazebo near the post office at 9pm and clean until around 11am
keeping the roadsides and wetland areas beautiful for our enjoyment and for wildlife to thrive.

Interested? Please contact Uli at (413)329 3514 or [email protected] or Valerie Bluhm, [email protected] to confirm.

return to top


Mass Audubon Special Events

Evening at the Beaver Ponds
Wednesday, June 28 | 8 – 9:30 PM
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox
Audience: All (suitable for children 3 – 18 years) | Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00
Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00

Enjoy an evening searching for beavers and other wildlife attracted to the series of ponds that the beavers have created. Learn about the natural history of beavers and how they continue to shape the landscape more than 80 years after their reintroduction.

Instructions and Directions: Wear long pants, long sleeves, and a hat. Bring binoculars if you have them. Registration suggested but not required.


Firefly Frolic
Friday, June 30 | 8 – 9:30 PM
Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Instructor: Dale Abrams – Naturalist/Education Coordinator
Audience: All (suitable for children 0 – 18 years) | Members & Nonmembers: Free

Experience a magical summer light show. Join us at the Canoe Meadows Community Garden Pavilion where we will have a wonderful view as the sun sets over the distant mountain ridge. As twilight approaches participants will learn fun facts about fireflies, play a game, and take a walk in the meadows in hopes of viewing fireflies as nightfall descends. This program is designed to help inspire children and adults to respect nature and protect all wildlife, including insects. You’ll learn about fireflies and how best to view or gently capture (and release) these mystical glowing lights of summer! We’ll also keep our eyes out for stars and planets and twilight birds and mammals, too! In the event of rain, this program will be canceled. Appropriate for all ages, and especially fun for families with children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Instructions and Directions: Space is limited and registration is required. Canoe Meadows Community Garden entrance is located on the south side of Williams Street in Pittsfield between Honasada Terrace and Egremont Ave. Look for signboards at entrance. Parking is limited, so please carpool if possible.

Registration is required.

return to top


Pittsfield Repair Cafe

NEXT DATE: Saturday, July 15th | 12:30 – 4 PM
St. Stephen’s Church, downstairs dining room – on Allen Street opposite Berkshire Bank parking lot.
Bring in lamps; knives, scissors, garden nippers and trimmers in need of sharpening; nonfunctional vacuum cleaners, radios and other electrical or electronic equipment; bicycles; anything else needing raising from the ashes. Also legal questions.
There will be a ‘free’ table to donate to or pick up from.

Free snacks and, hopefully, music.

return to top


The Trustees – Events

Volunteer Opportunities in the Berkshires
“Time travel” with The Trustees, and take our visitors on the voyage with you! Become a National Historic Landmark Greeter at Mission House (Stockbridge) or Tour Guide at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead (Cummington) and share the stories and magic of these special places. No experience necessary. Training provided. Fridays through Sundays. Flexible. Fun. Social. Rewarding. Visit or contact [email protected] or 413.532.1631 ext. 3119 for more information.

Visit the website at

return to top


Wild & Scenic Westfield River Events

Wild & Scenic Weekends

Learn new conservation skills at our free trainings, and put your passion into practice at our river and trail workdays, and discover the Westfield River’s outstandingly remarkable values. All 2017 events held in Chesterfield unless otherwise noted.

July 22 | 10am – 2pm | Back by popular demand! Join naturalist John Burns as he hikes a segment of the East Branch.

July 29 & August 5th | Underwater River Snorkel (Training): A 2-day training for hearty souls interested in diving in and leaning how to more closely observe the underwater world. Space Limited. Priority given to Wild & Scenic Volunteers. Participants must register for both days.

September 16 | 9 AM – 2 PM | 4th Annual Watershed Blitz: Walk segments of the East Branch Trail with river specialists and naturalists and meet fellow river stewards. 9am-2pm.

For more details and to register contact Meredyth Babcock: 413-623-2070, [email protected]

Sponsored by Wild & Scenic Westfield River Committee, PO Box 393, Huntington, MA 01050

return to top



Flying Deer Nature Center Programs

Registration is now open for Summer Camp 2017

Day and overnight camps for ages 4 to 18. Browse all camps and register here.

9 AM – 1 PM each day
June 19-23 & Aug. 21-25
A story-filled adventure exploring the abundant joy and wonder of the outdoors! We’ll focus on creating comfort, fostering knowledge, and building self-reliance in nature. Register now.
for ages 6-12, 9 AM – 3 PM each day
June 19-23, June 26-30, July 3-7, July 24-28, and Aug. 21-25 in New Lebanon
Cottonwood Camp in Berkshire County, July 31-August 4.
We’ll spend our days adventuring in age-based groups, learning about mysterious animal tracks, delicious edible plants, curious insects, shelter, primitive fire-making, and other wilderness skills, not to mention fun songs, games, and stories! Older campers work on more advanced naturalist and survival skills. Register now. Get 10% off when you register for two or more Cottonwood camps for one child, or register two or more children for one week of camp.
for ages 10-14, July 10-14 (5 days, 4 nights)
Soar into a weeklong immersion of Flying Deer culture, camping for five days and four nights as we take adventure, fun, and friendship to the next level. The clans make the forest their home as we practice leatherworking and make bone tools; learn bowdrill and other fire-making methods; concoct delicious meals using steam pits and other primitive cooking methods; stalk the nighttime forest in scouting games; play “Leopards and Wolves”-Capture the Flag with a Flying Deer twist; experience Jedi Training; and much more! Register now.
CAMP SHERWOOD, for ages 13-16
July 17-21 (5 days, 4 nights)
Enter the shadowy world of the scout, where we merge mind and body with the forest and learn to see without being seen. After undergoing a fun, challenging test to join Robin Hood’s merry forest ruffians, we’ll embark on a weeklong series of unforgettable adventures to dangerous lands as we set traps, seek gold, solve riddles, and save our friends. Register now.
ENCHANTED FOREST, for ages 6-9
July 17-21
9:00 am-3:00 pm each day
A living story that unfolds among the natural wonders of the woods! We will use pine cones, moss, sticks, stones, and other foraged materials to create a tiny village for the forest’s magical beings to call their home. But what will happen when a mysterious force brings our little village to life?
Register now.
for ages 14-18, August 7-12
(6 days, 5 nights)
Paddle your way through the wilderness, making and breaking camp each day to the sound of loons, sleeping under the stars, and immersing yourself in the tranquility of the waters. Learn the skills necessary to make life comfortable miles away from civilization. This is a journey in the wild with an emphasis on practical skills and having a great time! Fishing included as an optional food-gathering activity! Register now.
WOLF CAMP, for ages 11-13
August 7-11 (5 days, 3 nights)
One small group of campers led by experienced instructors begin with one day of day camp, building our community and developing the knowledge and skills necessary for the journey ahead. On Tuesday morning, we trek into the beautiful Berkshire Mountains, where we climb summits, eat and laugh around campfires, and discover new places during a four-day, three night backpacking trip. Register now.

Get details on all our camps and programs at

return to top


Williamstown Rural Land Foundation Events

Williamstown Rural Lands Children’s Summer outdoor Nature Programs

Environmental educator and Science Enrichment Specialist Kathy Chesney will lead week-long, half-day programs designed to engage children in nature and artistically express its wildness. Kathy has in-depth experience in teaching and in running summer outdoor programs. The programs are based at the WRLF Sheep Hill headquarters on Cold Spring Rd. (Rt. 7) in Williamstown.

The week-long science and nature programs begin with a 4-day session of Parent and Preschooler Nature Exploration with Kathy Chesney, Leslie Reed-Evans and staff from 10 AM – 11:30 AM daily Tuesday June 27 through Friday June 30. The program will include gentle nature exploration through discovery walks, outdoor play, craft activities and stories to engage children in nature.

Explore, Discover and Create for 5-8 year olds will be held from 9 AM – 1 PM, Monday July 10 through Friday July 14. Come explore Sheep Hill’s different habitats including the pond, meadow, woods and stream. Enjoy crafts from nature, cooking, games, stories and more!

Monday July 17 is the start of the week-long Sheep Hill Junior Naturalist for 7-10 year olds from 9 AM – 1 PM daily. The program will feature in-depth exploration of what makes Sheep Hill’s ecosystem special and includes crafts, cooking, and other fun outdoor activities.

WRLF Executive Director Leslie Reed-Evans states “Kathy brings to Sheep Hill the enthusiasm and experience needed to connect children to the wonders of the natural world, and inspire their curiosity and creativity.”

Pre-registration is required for all summer programs. Space is limited. For more information on fees or for registration forms contact the WRLF at [email protected], or 413-458-2494. Information is also available on the WRLF website,

Discovering Butterflies at Mountain Meadow
Sunday, July 9 | 1 PM

Local naturalist Pamela Weatherbee will be leading a butterfly walk at Mountain Meadow Preserve in Williamstown on Sunday July 9 beginning at 1 PM. Participants will learn how to identify the variety of butterflies found in the area. The high meadow has a great variety of wildflowers to attract butterflies, which are most active during warm weather. Sun protection is advised.

Mountain Meadow is owned by The Trustees, a non-profit conservation organization which preserves, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.

The program is open to the public and free of charge. Rain cancels. For more information call or email The Trustees at 413-458-3135 or [email protected]

The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is a non-profit, member-supported land conservation trust committed to preserving the rural New England character of Williamstown and the surrounding area. Sheep Hill is a conservation property and the WRLF headquarters, and is located on Route 7, about 1 mile south of the rotary in Williamstown center.

Hilltown Brouhaha – Community Clothing Drive and Potholder Rug Weave

Hilltown Brouhaha, 3219-3343 MA-8, Becket, MA, 01223

On July 8th, Crispina will be hosting a community Clothing Drive and Potholder Rug Weave at the second annual Hilltown Brouhaha in downtown North Becket Ma. Bring your discarded sweaters, sweatshirts, t-shirts, tights, leggings, and single socks! Any clothing you are no longer using that is stretchy works perfectly for this process. Attendees are asked to contribute clothing and/or time weaving a row or two of a giant potholder rug made before our eyes!! Proceeds from the sale of the rug will be donated to the Becket/Washington PTA. Bring friends and family! This activity is a wonderful way to spend a sunny summer afternoon hanging out with your peeps (or meeting new ones!) and supporting the community.

return to top

Master Gardener’s Assn. Perennials and Shrubs Q&A

Saturday, July 8th | 10 AM
Springside Park, 874 North St. Pittsfield, MA

Sponsored by Western Massachusetts Master Gardener’s Association, Berkshire Chapter

This will be an informal question and answer session at the Demonstration Garden beginning at 10 AM. For more information contact Mary – Ann Emery (413-743-4284 or [email protected]) or Jim McCarthy (413-637-2940 or [email protected]).

return to top

Nighttime Insects & Natural History

Saturday, July 8th | 7 PM – 10:30 PM
1075 Harlemville Rd. Ghent, NY

In 2017, Berkshire Natural Resources Council celebrates its 50th anniversary with special hikes and a Community Day on September 9. See for all the details.

Observe the diversity of nighttime insects and learn about natural history. Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program will bring their moth surveying tents to get a glimpse of the diversity on the property. Please bring a headlamp and camera. We’ll split into two groups, one heading to Perry’s Peak, returning to the top field by 9:15. The other will leisurely walk to the top field by 8:45 for a natural history lecture. Both groups will spend time observing the fireflies and the moth tents throughout the hike, returning to cars by 10-10:30pm.

Registration information and directions available here or call (413) 499-0596.

Solar MA Renewable Target Hearing


Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program regulations establish a statewide solar incentive program to encourage the continued use and development of generating units that use solar photovoltaic technology by residential, commercial, governmental, and industrial electricity customers throughout the Commonwealth. Three public hearings will be conducted to receive verbal and written comments on the proposed regulations. This will be the only hearing in Western Mass.

Verbal and written testimony will be accepted at the hearing, however, parties are requested to provide written copies of their testimony. Written comments will be accepted beginning June 19, 2017 and ending at 5 pm on July 11, 2017. The Department of Energy Resources (DOER) requests that written comments be submitted as attached pdf files to emails addressed to [email protected], with the word SMART COMMENTS in the subject line. Alternatively, comments can be submitted via mail to Kaitlin Kelly at the Department of Energy Resources, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 1020, Boston, MA 02114. Copies of the proposed regulations may be obtained from the DOER website.

return to top

Legislative Attacks on NEPA and Other Laws Important to Pipelines

July 18th at 6:30 PM | Webinar

Legislative Attacks on NEPA and Other Laws Important to Pipelines with Raul Garcia of Earthjustice and Stephen Schima of Save Our Environment— In the fight against pipelines, compressors and LNG export facilities, The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is one of the primary mechanisms communities can use to fully understand and vet the impacts of an infrastructure proposal and to make the case that a project should not be approved by the owerful agency that is FERC. Learn more about the value and threats to NEPA and other attacks on the pipeline permitting process and what you can do to protect it from rollbacks. Join in for an update on the latest attacks and efforts to stop them!

Learn more and register here:

return to top

NOFA Summer Conference 2017

August 11-13, 2017
Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts

Workshops * Exhibitors * Children’s Conference * Music * Dance * Country Fair

Join with over 1500 people from across the Northeast and beyond for a three-day celebration of the grassroots organic movement. Here learning becomes a community action – with amazing farmers, presenters, seminars, workshops, food and fun.

Immerse yourself with like-minded practitioners and curious learners eager to share their inspiration and ideas for organic food, farming, health, activism, and beyond.

This year we’re excited to return to Hampshire College! With plenty of free parking, trees for shade, close accommodations and Hampshire’s commitment to local, organic food sourcing and sustainability, we are returning to the close knit community atmosphere upon which NOFA was founded!

This year’s keynoters:

Michael Phillips, Organic Orchardist and author of the 2017 book Mycorrhizal Planet, will inspire us with his ongoing work demonstrating holistic management practices and the importance of mycorrhizal networks that support biological life.

Dr. Don Huber, Professor Emeritus of Plant Pathology at Purdue University, will illuminate the effect GMO’s and the herbicide Glyphosate (main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup) has on biological systems at all levels, in soil, animals and humans alike.

We’re offering four intensive seminars before the conference begins, featuring…
Michael Phillips: Holistic Orchard Management
Dr. Don Huber: The Impact of GMOs & Glyphosate on Soil, Crop, Animal and Human Health
Connor Stedman: Carbon Farming: Regenerative Agriculture for Climate Stabilization
Hannah Traggis and Bill Braun: On-Farm Seed Production

and over 130 workshops, including…
But I Don’t Have Time for Social Media…
Climate Adaptation: Preparing Farms, Communities, & Bioregions for climate change
Cover Crop Mixtures for Soil Health
Farm to School: Models For Bringing Farms & Food to Schools
Fixing the Carbon & Water Cycle with Cattle
Herbal Approaches to Lyme Disease
Mobile Markets: Driving Down Barriers to Food Justice
Pest & Disease Management for Urban Farms
Planting for the Bees’ Needs
Portable Fencing Hacks
Regenerative Farming, Impact Investing, & Climate Change
Stand-Alone Solar-Powered Automated Drip Irrigation System
The Sun is Rising on Sunn Hemp in the Northeast
Transitioning To No-Till

We are finalizing workshop selections. A full list will be available soon.
Scholarships, work exchange and discounts

We want as many as possible to be able to attend, regardless of income! Work exchange and scholarship opportunities are available, as are discounts for groups of five or more and multiple children from the same family.

Learn more and register at:

Becket Energy Committee Information Session

Saturday, September 9 | 10 AM – 12:30 PM
Becket Town Hall, Community Room

Learn about recent renewable energy legislation, community solar and other topics relevant to all of us as energy consumers

Free Coffee and Donuts
Please RSVP: call Beverly at (413) 623-8934 ext 10

Topics for discussion will include but will not be limited to:

  • Jim Barry of MA. Dept. of Energy Resources (DOER) will discuss Mass Save and the new state solar incentive program, and will review steps to implement a residential energy efficiency plan
  • Isaac Baker of Co-op Power will discuss its programs and successes (i.e. partners with local landowners, community groups, and nonprofit partners to choose a site and host the community solar project)
  • Nexamp Power will discuss its community solar projects and the opportunity for Becket residences to join and benefit
  • Financing considerations for renewable energy projects
  • Question and Answer period

Visit our website at
And follow links: “Boards & Commissions” “Energy Committee”


return to top

Berkshire Bioblitz

Berkshire Bioblitz will be held on on September 16-17, 2017 in Great Barrington MA at Thomas & Palmer Brook as part of the 50 year celebration of the Berkshire Natural Resource Council.
This will be a 24-hour bio assessment of the BNRC land in Great Barrington, MA.

As you know the goal is to identify as many species as possible! Birds, reptiles, mammals, plants, fish… everything!

This year’s event is hosted by the Berkshire Natural Resource Council.

Tell your friends, students and colleagues and join us! Feel free to add this event to your mailing lists and event calendars!

See our website for directions and updates

We hope to see you then!

Lisa Provencher | Berkshire BioBlitz and Dr. Augie’s Science & Art Programs
Scott LaGrec | Cornell University
Jane Winn | Berkshire Environmental Action Team

return to top