Calendar of events
The events listed here are not all sponsored or conducted by BEAT. We offer them as a way of helping people participate in the full range of anti-pipeline, pro-clean-energy and environmental events shaping our future.
Please send environmental news or calendar items to email@example.com
- 6/22—-Understanding and Protecting NEPA Webinar – online
- 6/22—-HVA Introduction to River Paddling with Canoes – South Lee
- 6/22—-Weeding Wednesdays @ Springside Park – Pittsfield
- 6/24—-Fun and Nature @ Mt. Greylock – Lanesborough
- 6/25—-Paddle for a Purpose to Stop the Pipeline – Sandisfield
- 6/25—-South County Waste Oil and Paint Collection Day – Great Barrington
- 6/25—-Sheffield Land Trust Annual Meeting – Sheffield
- 6/25—-Master Gardeners’ Gardening Class – Pittsfield
- 6/26—-Summit Breakfast Hike @ Mt. Greylock – Lanesborough
- 6/26—-“Wild Thing” 5k/10k Trail Race – Pleasant Valley Sanctuary – Lenox
- 6/27 – 7/1—–WRLF’s Discover and Create (6-8 yr olds) at Sheep Hill – Williamstown
- 6/28—-The Adverse Health Effects of PCBS w/Dr. David Carpenter – Great Barrington
- 6/29—-Public Meeting on Draft Trail Plan for October Mountain and Pittsfield State Forests – Pittsfield
- 7/5-7/8—-Natural History of the Berkshires/Field Course – Pittsfield/Lanesborough
- 7/5-7/8—-Parent and Preschooler Nature Exploration @ Sheep Hill – Williamstown
- 7/6—-BEAT Monthly Wildlife Tracking Club – Location TBA
- 7/9—-Center Pond Paddle on Westfield River –Becket
- 7/11-7/15—-Habitat Exploration for 5-7 year olds @ Sheep Hill – Williamstown
- 7/12—-Free Tree Pruning Clinic w/Bob Presutti – Pittsfield
- 7/14—-Pittsfield Tree Watch Monthly Meeting – Pittsfield
- 7/14-7/18—-Stop the Pipelines or the People Will, March and Action – Various locations
- 7/16—-BEAT Monthly Wildlife Tracking Club – Location TBA
- 7/16—-Thoreau Hike to Mt. Greylock Summit – Lanesborough
- 7/18-7/23—-Beginning Blacksmithing for 11 -14 year olds @ Sheep Hill – Williamstown
- 7/19—-WRLF’s Guided Hike Series/Stone Hill – Williamstown
- 7/19—-Housatonic River Paddle Trip – Lee
- 7/23—-Bird Language w/Jon Young @ Berkshire South – Great Barrington
- 7/31—-Free Wind Turbine and Solar Array Tour – Charlemont
- 8/1-8/10—-Wilderness Subsistence Project @ Flying Deer Nature Center – New Lebanon, NY
- 8/3—-BEAT Monthly Wildlife Tracking Club – Location TBA
- 8/6—-HVA & BEAT Housatonic River Cleanup – Pittsfield
- 8/16—-WRLF’s Guided Hike Series/Sara Tenney Trail – Williamstown
- 8/16-8/18—-Integrating Nature Education Into Your Classroom @ Flying Deer Naure Center – New Lebanon, NY
- 8/20—-BEAT Monthly Wildlife Tracking Club – Location TBA
- 8/21—-Understanding Bird Language @ Pleasant Valley – Lenox
- 9/10—-Hardy Kiwi Removal Day @ Kennedy Park – Lenox
- 9/12/16-4/2/17—-New England Wild Flower Society online courses – Online
- 9/17—-WRLF’s Guided Hike Series/Stone Hill – Williamstown
- 9/24—-WRLF’s Guided Hike Series/Berlin Loop Trail – Williamstown
- 10/22—-WRLF’s Guided Hike Series/Pine Cobble – Williamstown
Dyken Pond Center Events
The Summer Outdoor Learning Adventure is a science and nature day camp held each summer at the Pond. Registration is now open. We do offer scholarships! Visit our website for more information.
6-10 year old sessions: July 18 – July 22 and July 25-July 29
11-13 year old sessions: August 1- August 5 and August 8- August 12
Five Part – Wild Edible Series
All classes: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
July 10, 2016: Summer Edibles
August 27, 2016: Late Summer Edibles
September 24, 2016: Early Autumn Edibles
In this series you will be introduced to the edible foods of the Dyken Pond Natural area and the greater Northeastern US. We’ll cover plant and fungi identification as well as critical knowledge such as where to find these species, ‘look-a-likes’, harvest times, and preparation. This is a hands-on series of classes which will include cooking and eating the foods we gather. These classes will provide you with the age old skills of ‘living off the land’ and self-reliance. ‘Best-practice’ harvest methods will be used to maintain or introduce ecosystem balance and impart a continued respect for our natural world.
Pre-registration is required by contacting the Center. All Wild Edible Classes are taught by Dave Muska and cost $30; $25 for members. Sign up for all in advance and pay $125 ; $115 for members.
Visit our website for more information: http://www.dykenpond.org.
New this year, registration can be done online with Paypal.
Visit our website at: http://www.dykenpond.org for more information and a complete list of our programs.
Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center
475 Dyken Pond Road
Cropseyville NY, 12052
Waste Oil, Paint, and Used Motor Oil Collection Day
South Berkshire Household Hazardous Waste Collaborative
Saturday, June 25th
Great Barrington Recycling Center, 601 Stockbridge Rd., GB
Registration Deadline, June 24th
Waste oil paint and used motor oil waste collection set
The South Berkshire Household Hazardous Waste Collaborative will hold a paint and oil collection in Great Barrington for the 15 participating towns on Saturday, June 25th from 8:30-11AM. The Center for EcoTechnology (CET) will coordinate these collections.
The towns in the South Berkshire Household Hazardous Waste Collaborative sponsor this program. The participating towns are Alford, Becket, Egremont, Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Mount Washington, New Marlborough, Otis, Richmond, Sheffield, Stockbridge, Tyringham and West Stockbridge.
Acceptable materials are oil-based paint, stains, paint thinners, spray paint and turpentine, as well as waste motor oil. No other type of oil or fuel will be accepted.
Latex paint will not be accepted at this event. Empty cans can be recycled with scrap metal. Dried-up cans of latex paint can be disposed with the regular trash. Empty cans of oil-based paint, stains and solvents can be disposed with the regular trash as well. Usable paint can be given away through freecycle.org or Habitat Restore in Pittsfield.
To register online or for information about what can be brought to these collections, visit http://www.cetonline.org/
CET is a non-profit organization working in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste management and environmental education. CET provides practical solutions that make sense for our community, economy and environment. CET is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and is an equal opportunity employer and service provider.
Western Massachusetts Master Gardeners – Gardening Class
Saturday, June 25th
Springside Park, 874 North St. Pittsfield
(at the demonstration gardens behind the Springside House.)
“Butterflies,” with Donna DiGennaro , Master Gardener
The classes are free and last from 1-2 hours.
Paddle For A Purpose- Stop the Pipeline in Sandisfield
Saturday, June 25th
Lower Spectacle Pond, Sandisfield
Join Berkshire Outdoor Guide Tracy Remelius for a critical mass paddle to raise awareness and funds for Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT).
Paddlers of all kinds welcome. Suggested donation $10
Donate here: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/fund-fight/
Please pre-register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paddle-for-a-purpose-tickets-25971577688
Stay tuned on our Facebook event page.
More info contact Tracy Remelius firstname.lastname@example.org
Weeding Wednesdays @ Springside Park
2nd & 4th WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH
Weeding, watering, measuring growth rates and general orchard maintenance at Springside Park Chestnut Seed Orchard needed.
No experience necessary – just a willingness to get involved in one of the most important and interesting scientific projects of our time:
The restoration of healthy, blight resistant chestnut trees back to the forests of Massachusetts!
For more information, contact:
Sheffield Land Trust Annual Meeting at Maple Shade Farm
Saturday, June 25
11:30am – 2:00pm
Maple Shade Farm, off Rebellion Road, Sheffield
You are invited to the Sheffield Land Trust’s Annual Meeting on June 25, from 11:30-2pm. Join us for our traditional potluck lunch, program and music while taking in the beauty of the surrounding farm and forest land in the fields of Maple Shade Farm off Rebellion Road in Sheffield (across from the Appalachian Trail and just up the road from the Shays Rebellion Monument on Sheffield-Egremont Road).
Lunch starts at noon, with the annual meeting and program at 12:30, then the music continues after the meeting. Bring a favorite dish to serve six and your own place settings – if you are coming for the potluck lunch. We supply the drinks and music!
Maple Shade Farm is part of the Sheffield-Egremont Corridor, which is a joint project of the Sheffield and Egremont Land Trusts to help maintain over 2000 acres of farms, forests and wildlife areas in northwest Sheffield and southeast Egremont. We were at this Maple Shade Farm location 6 years ago when the farm was first being protected, and thought it fitting to return this year to celebrate that we will be making the last payment installment in October.
To get to Maple Shade Farm take Rte 7 to Lime Kiln Road, go just under a mile to Rebellion Road. Look for the tent and parking signs on the left.
Everyone is welcome, members and non-members!
Wild Thing 5k/10k Trail Race
Sponsored by Berkshire Sanctuaries
Sunday, Jun 26, 2016
Start/end: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Rd, Lenox
Members & Nonmembers:
Join us for the “Wild Thing”, a wooded trail run starting and ending at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary to raise money for conservation and education programs in Berkshire County.
The 5K course is great for runners or walkers, or runners can challenge themselves with the longer 10K distance. Kennedy Park is the perfect location for a trail race with almost 15 miles of trails through hardwood forests and scenic views of the Berkshires. The race goes through carriage roads and single track with a variety of elevation in both the 10K and 5K distances.
The first 100 participants are guaranteed a t-shirt and all racers join us for the post-race celebration in the big red barn. Many prize giveaways!
Registration is required. Pre-Register online or June 25 at Pleasant Valley, 10am-4pm.
JUNE Events at Mt. Greylock
Please CLICK HERE for the June events calendar.
Fun and Nature
Fridays, June 24
11:00 AM at the Visitor Center
A series of fun and interactive activities designed to connect the user with their nature, these programs feature a variety of themes. “Bugspeditions”, story time, watershed manipulation, soil activities, and animal tracking are all designed to en-gage the eager park visitor while enhancing their appreciation for our natural environment.
Summit Breakfast Hike
Sundays, June 26
Bascom Lodge, Summit
Begin the day in a powerful way: around and then on the top of the tallest mountain in the Greatest state. This moderate 1.6 mile hike meets at the Bascom lodge at 7 am and then proceeds around the overlook trail. Hike is open to all mem-bers of the public as well as to all lodge guests. Breakfast is sold at the lodge at 8 to all and any takers.
Pocket Summit Tour
Sundays, June 26
11:00am and 1:00pm
Summit ($5/6 parking fee) applies)
Short, focused and Easy walk and talk with Park Interpreter Mike to discover the landscape, ecology and history of the highest point in Massachusetts. All ages welcome. Be prepared for the weather, bring a light snack and drinking water. Estimated hike duration 20 minutes. Meet at Mt. Greylock summit ($5/$6 parking fee applies).
Discover Greylock Hike
Mondays, June 27
Meet at Visitor Center
This hike with Park Interpreter Mike explores many of the exciting and hidden features of Mount Greylock. Various hikes to Waterfalls, Old Growth Forests and historic sites will incorporate outdoor skills, environmental stewardship and bear awareness. Be prepared for the weather, wear sturdy footwear, bring a lunch, bug spray and drinking water. Meet at Visitor Center and carpool to location.
Little Explorers Nature Discovery Hour
Track animals, make a bug, listen to a story, role play a hawk or a robin in action, craft a bear stick…These various activities and projects are geared to younger outdoor enthusiast. Bring only a positive attitude. No prior experience are necessary we supply all equipment. All children under 18 must be accompanied by guardian.
Sunday, June 26
Do you love waterfalls? Join us as we take a closer look in this moderate to strenuous hike led by a Park Interpreter. Be prepared for some steep and slippery hiking, wear sturdy footwear, bring a snack, bug spray and water. Rain cancels. Meet at Visitor Center 6/12 & 6/26 @ 11am.
Nice & Easy Hikes @ 11:00 am
Tuesdays, June 28
Get outdoors and stay active with “Nice and Easy Hikes” easy-paced, two-hour, one to two mile-long walks geared especially for seniors, but open to all ages. A different trail is featured each week and may include tree and plant identification, birding and local history, depending on the interests of the hikers. Call Visitor Center for location. 413-499-4262.
Thursday, June 30 @ 8:00 pm
Come experience the most magical light show of the summer! We will play a game and learn about fireflies, then take a short walk to safely capture and release these mystical glowing creatures! Meet at Visitor Center 6/30@ 8pm, 90 minutes. Rain cancels.
Boreal Summit Tour
2:00pm at the Summit
Join Park Interpreter Mike for a breezy natural history tour of Mount Greylock’s lofty sub-alpine zone. Discover the story behind the summit’s unique boreal ecology that includes the fragrant balsam fir and bird species such as Blackpoll Warbler and White-throated Sparrow. Estimated tour duration 30 minutes.
New dates TBA
Short and Easy walk and talk with Park Interpreter Mike to discover the landscape, ecology and history of the highest point in Massachusetts. All ages welcome. Be prepared for the weather, bring a light snack and drinking water. Offered at 1:00pm & 3:00pm. Estimated hike duration 30 to 45 minutes. Meet at Mt. Greylock summit ($8/$10 parking fee applies).
Bradley Farm Hikes @ 11:00 am
New dates TBA
Enter an ancient orchard, experience the source of the Housatonic River, ponder New England’s natural history through the lens of a stone wall, witness the intersection of two distinct forestscapes, see the thumbprint of a lightening strike, and find out how the DCR gauges the health of our forests. Enjoy all of this and more during the course of a moderate, 1.8 mile hike through the woods. Meet at the Visitor Center.
Robins vs Hawks Lawn Game
New dates TBA
This group activity features vigorous running and a surprise ending. Find out what it’s like to forage for food while, at the same time, eluding capture by a magnificent predator. Geared toward energetic people who like nature, enjoy a good game of ‘tag.’ and who learn well by doing. Requires at least three players. Meet at the Visitor Center.
Mt. Greylock Visitor’s Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA 01237
DCR Public Meeting on Draft Trail Plan –
Pittsfield and October Mountain State Forests
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
DCR West Region Headquarters, 740 South Street, Pittsfield, Ma
DCR will be presenting an overview of the draft trail plan’s contents and recommendations, and inviting public comments. The draft plan and accompanying maps are available for viewing on the DCR website at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/public-outreach/public-meetings/. The draft plan will also available for review at the DCR West Region Headquarters, 720 South Street, Pittsfield, and DCR Planning Office at 136 Damon Road, Northampton, during business hours, beginning onJune 30.
Public comments on the draft plan may be submitted to DCR until August 1, 2016, either online at
http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/public-outreach/submit-public-comments/ or by writing to the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Office of Public Outreach, 251 Causeway Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02114.
Bird Walks at Pleasant Valley
The free Wednesday Bird Walks at Pleasant Valley are funded in part thanks to the generosity of the Lenox Cultural Council and CompuWorks.
Bird Walks at Canoe Meadows
Sponsored by Berkshire Sanctuaries
New dates: TBA
Location: Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA
Free for everyone!
Spring and Fall are the seasons to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood-warblers. Walk past wetlands and meadows and through woodlands observing changes in bird species each week.
Instructions and Directions: Bring binoculars; beginners welcome.
Registration not required.
Instructor: Jonathan Pierce – Pleasant Valley Caretaker and Hoffman Bird Club Leader
Members & Nonmembers: Free
Berkshire Residents Free Admission- 1st Wednesday of the Month
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox
Audience: All (suitable for children 0 – 18 years)
Berkshire County residents are invited to visit Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is open dawn to dusk. The office and gift shop will be open from9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Explore seven miles of beautiful trails and learn about our education programs for all ages. Free for Berkshire County Residents with valid license or ID.
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BEAT’s Monthly Wildlife Tracking Club!
1st Wednesday and 3rd Saturday
9:00 am – 12:00 noon
In Berkshire County: locations will vary
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.
Upcoming Club Event Schedule:
Wednesday, July 6th – TBA
Saturday, July 16th – TBA
Wednesday, August 3rd – TBA
Saturday, August 20th – TBA
Shoot me an email with questions or concerns.
Elia Del Molino, Program Manager
Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)
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
Great Barrington GREEN DRINKS
(first Thursday of every month)
The Prairie Whale, 178 Main Street, Great Barrington
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.
Please forward this on to your friends & contacts…the more the merrier.
Pittsfield Tree Watch Monthly Meeting
Thursday, July 14
(2nd Thursday of every month)
Pittsfield Senior Center, 330 North Street, Pittsfield
TREE OF THE MONTH for JUNE: the Eastern Cottonwood
See info sheet on Eastern Cottonwood
FREE TREE PRUNING CLINIC w/Bob Presutti
Tuesday, July 12
(2nd Tuesday of the month rain or shine)
Springside Park (near the house), 874 North Street, Pittsfield
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!
THOREAU HIKE TO MOUNT GREYLOCK SUMMIT
Saturday, July 16
(Rain date: July 23)
Mout Greylock State Reservation
Henry David Thoreau walks Greylock again…at least in spirit! And this time you can walk him…
Hike the historic route of American naturalist and writer, Henry David Thoreau to the summit of Mount Greylock on Saturday, July 16th at 10:00am (rain date: July 23). The event is FREE. Participants should meet at the Mount Greylock State Reservation, Notch Road gate parking lot, 300 feet up from the intersections of Reservoir and Notch Roads, off Route 2 in North Adams. Recommended for ages teen to adult.
In 1844, the year before Thoreau lived at and wrote about Walden (Pond), his famous account of rugged individualism and living simply; he sauntered from Concord to Mount Greylock, the highest point in Massachusetts. Local author and former Williams College professor of English, Lauren Stevens, guides the program that retraces Thoreau’s ascent of the mountain. The hike is enlivened with visits to actual locations including insights and interpretation to his experience from excerpts in the account of this event, as recorded by Thoreau in “A week on the Concordand Merrimack Rivers.”
If you choose to hike one-way to the summit (5.5 miles) meet at 9:00am sharp at the Notch Road gate to shuttle cars; if you choose to hike round-trip (11 miles) meet at10:00am. Hike departs at 10:00am up the Bellows Pipe Trail from the Notch Road gate parking lot. Hikers making the round-trip can expect to return to the starting point by about 3:30pm. Upper sections of the Bellows Pipe Trail are strenuous. Participants should be prepared for the trail and for weather conditions. Sturdy hiking footwear is recommended. Bring your own lunch, snack and adequate water. Potable water and restrooms are available only at the summit. Trail maps and resource materials are provided.
The event is co-sponsored by the Hoosic River Watershed Association and the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of State Parks and Recreation. For additional directions and information call Mount Greylock State Reservation Visitors Center between 9am and 4pm daily at (413) 499-4262, or visit www.massparks.org on the internet.
Housatonic River Cleanups
organized by HVA and BEAT
Join us for another Housatonic River cleanup this year! Two are currently planned for the West Branch of the Housatonic River in Pittsfield (Saturdays, June 11 & Aug 6 – see below). These cleanups are organized in collaboration with the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT). Our river cleanup sponsors include the City of Pittsfield and American Rivers. We are grateful for all of the following local businesses for keeping our hungry volunteers well-fed! Alnasco, BlueQ, Panera Bread and Guido’s.
If you aren’t able to do the actual cleanup, we always need volunteers to help with morning set up and breakdown – such as setting up coffee and snacks; picking up donations from Panera Bread the night before; registering volunteers; giving out gloves and bags as well as lunch set up and cleanup. We can even use help posting flyers and helping get the word out.
In addition to lunch and snacks, Blue Q is providing free goodie bags at both cleanups!
Saturday, Aug 6
9:00am – 1:00pm
Meet at Fred Garner Park, Pomeroy Avenue, Pittsfield
The focus of the cleanup will be the lower reaches of the West Branch of the Housatonic River. Crews will be on foot and in canoes. (If the water is too low, we will just be on foot!). Registration is very helpful – let us know if you are bringing a canoe or if you would like a space in a canoe. Work gloves and bags will be provided. Old clothes, a hat, sunscreen, old sneakers or waterproof boots/waders, a water bottle (or two) and sunglasses are recommended. Please wear old sneakers or chest or hip waders and old clothes and bring a water bottle. A limited amount of waterproof boots are available to borrow. A picnic lunch provided by Blue Q and Alnasco for volunteers will be held at the end of the cleanup at Fred Garner Park.
Registration is not required, but very helpful for planning crews and lunch. Let us know you are coming – Please call HVA at 413-394-9796 or send an email to email@example.com
Thank you for considering volunteering again this year!
Alison (HVA) and Jane (BEAT)
Berkshire Conservation District Meeting
Tuesday, July 12
Silvio O. Conte Federal Building, 78 Center Street, Room 206, Pittsfield
In cooperation with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, the district provides technical assistance to landowners in the conservation and management of natural resources throughout the county. The district is a sponsor of the state-wide Massachusetts Envirothon and provides scholarships to Berkshire Community College and UMASS students. The district is governed by seven supervisors who serve for three year terms. The current slate of supervisors are: Robert Lear, Chairman Tony Boyer, Vice-Chair Kevin Zimmer, Treasurer Dave Jurczak, Dennis Mareb Ned Kirchner, Bill Florek The public are welcome to attend monthly meetings.
For more information please call the office at (413) 443-1776 or visit the website: www.berkshireconservation.org.
Northern Berkshire Green Drinks
(First Thursday of each month)
The Log, 78 Spring Street, Williamstown
Special Guest for July: TBA
Center for Environmental Studies – Log Lunches
Fridays during school year
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
The Log, 78 Spring Street, Williamstown
Reservations strongly encouraged if you want to eat!
This week’s guest presenter: TBA
CES Summer Internship Program: See dozens of local, campus, and national internship postings; special internships from alumni, and subscribe to listserv, and find details on CES summer funding program at: http://ces.williams.edu/student-opportunities/funding-internships/
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Williams College Events
Nothing at this time.
Green Drinks Hudson
Please join us for our inaugural Green Drinks!Green Drinks is a monthly international event for people interested in conservation, sustainability and meeting new people who share a common interest.Columbia Land Conservancy will be hosting this fun event on the third Tuesday of the month at Helsinki Hudson. Please pass along to anyone who might be interested! Every third Tuesday of the month Time: 5:30 PM Where: Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY For more information: email Heidi at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.clctrust.org or www.Greendrinks.org.
Springfield, MA Green Drinks
Theodores’ Blues Booze & BBQ in Springfield, Massachusetts Green Drinks Springfield is the local Springfield, MA meetup for citzens, professionals, and public servants interested in sustainability, renewable energy, all things “green,” the environment, and the new Green Movement. Whether a seasoned professional in a green business or just curious to find out what the buzz is about you are welcome! Green Drinks is an agenda-less, non-dues-paying open social event. Come and find out more! Where You Can Find Us Online: www.greendrinks.infowww.facebook.com/GreenDrinksSpringfield www.linkedin.com/groups/Green-Drinks-Springfield-MA Occurs the 1st Thursday of every Month, 5:30-7:30 at Theodores’ Blues Booze & BBQ in Springfield, Massachusetts
350Mass Berkshire Node: Monthly Meeting
Please join 350Mass Berkshire Node for our monthly meeting!
Potluck at 5:30 p.m. • Meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.
UU Church, 175 Wendell Ave. in Pittsfield.
Every month our meetings offer an opportunity for Berkshire residents to get involved with the growing climate change movement.
For July: TBA
Looking forward to seeing you there!!
As always catch us around the web:
Evening at the Beaver Ponds
Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00
Pittsfield Green Drinks
Sponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)
J. Allens, 41 North Street, Pittsfield
For July, our very own Elia Del Molino will be talking about GREENAGERS!
Visit www.greenagers.org for more info.
Pittsfield Green Drinks is a very informal gathering, open to everyone with any environmental interest. The drinks aren’t green, but our conversations are.
TOUR A WIND TURBINE & SOLAR ARRAY – FOR FREE!
Join Mass Energy & the Center for EcoTechnology as we return to Berkshire East in Charlemont, MA.
We’ll be celebrating local clean energy with a chairlift ride up to Berkshire East’s wind turbine (supported by Mass Energy members) and solar array. We’ll get up close to both, and learn about the positive impact they have had on Berkshire East’s business. (See photos from last year’s tour!)
Plus, get a discount on summer adventures – Zip-line, raft, bike the mountail trails, or ride Berkshire East’s Mountain Coaster! There’s tons to do after the clean energy tours, and we’ve got special deals for attendees on all of it.
The tours are free & open to the public! This is a great opportunity to learn more about renewable energy and how you can act to get more turbines built in Massachusetts. Invite your friends and get your tickets soon – they go fast!
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reply to this email or call me at 617-524-3950 x152. We can’t wait to see you there.
Green Power Program Associate
Bird Walks at Canoe Meadows
Housatonic River Paddle Trips
Wednesday, June 22
3:00pm – 6:00pm
HVA Introduction to River Paddling with Canoes, South Lee
Join HVA on Wednesday, June 22 (3pm-6pm) for a FREE introduction to canoeing on a flat water stretch of the Housatonic River in South Lee. Canoes and equipment provided. If you have never been in a canoe, then join us to learn how to safely enter and exit a canoe, the basic strokes, appropriate attire and pre-trip preparation. Enjoy a short paddle upstream to enjoy beautiful views of Beartown State Forest. This paddle trip starts and ends at the same place. Families with children 6yrs+ welcome. To preregister call HVA at 413-394-9796 or email@example.com.Program support provided by Housatonic Heritage. Space is limited. Advanced registration required.
Tuesday, July 19
3:00pm – 6:00pm
Housatonic River Paddle Trip in Lee
Join HVA on Tuesday, July 19 (3pm – 1pm) for a 6 mile paddle trip along the Housatonic River through Lee to South Lee. Some paddling experience preferred as there are sections of quick water and downed trees to negotiate. Canoes and equipment provided, or register to bring your own boat. Shuttling will be coordinated among participants. Cost per person: $20 non members/$15 members. Cost for families: $35 non member family / $25 for member family. To preregister call HVA at 413-394-9796 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Program support provided by Housatonic Heritage. Space is limited. Advanced registration required.
Athol Bird & Nature Club Events
Field Trips & Meetings 2016
Unless otherwise noted, programs are free and open to all, meet at the Millers River Environmental Center (MREC), 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
Accessible Birding with Joe
Join Joe Superchi on the second Tuesday of the month (through November) in a search for birds at local sites. Open to birders of all abilities. Meet at the Center 100 Main Street Athol. Call ahead for wheelchair van access, 978-248-9491.
“Early Bird” Birding with Jeff
Meet at the MREC, 100 Main Street, Athol
Join Jeff here the Center before heading out to explore the North Quabbin area for spring migrant birds. Come for as long as your schedule allows. Severe weather cancels. Info: Jeff Johnstone, 978-249-9052. MREC 100 Main Street Athol
Geo – ABNC meeting
Tuesday June 21 , 7:00 PM .
Join Paul Kachinski and others in our second Geology meeting at the Millers River Environmental Center.
Thanks to the positive response from our first meeting we will actively continue with this program. Club founder Robert Coyle was first a geologist and last month’s meeting reacquainted us with some interesting aspects of our local geology. Paul Kachinski is offering to help in getting a group together of those of us interested in mineralogy and geology to continue to promote the earth sciences in honor of Bob Coyle. There is a lot of opportunity to learn about geology with both Bob Coyle’s and Paul Kachinski’s collections. Chris Coyle is compiling a list of e-mails of interested folks. Contact Chris Coyle email@example.com for details
6th Annual Moth Ball
Saturday, June 25, 9 p.m. – late night
1542 Pleasant St., Athol
Join ABNC president Dave Small and naturalist Lula Field at Dave and Shelley’s house, 1542 Pleasant St., Athol, to search for Lunas, underwings, silkmoths and other night flying insects. Participants are invited to bring their tents, snacks to share and favorite moth baits. (Don’t know what those are? You’ll find out!) Info: Dave Small, 978-413-1772 or Dave@dhsmall.net.
Stop the PCB Dumps Events
David Carpenter, MD, SUNY Albany, PCB Expert & Researcher;
Director of the Institute for Health and Environment.
Tuesday, June 28th
Great Barrington Congregational Church, Main Street, GB
Dr. Carpenter brings the medical science of the adverse health effects of PCBs in a clear and understandable manner. Always adequate time for Q&A.
*PLEASE INVITE FRIENDS AND SHARE FAR AND WIDE*
Lois Gibbs, Center for Health, Environment, & Justice
September, 2016 (date and venue to be announced)
CHEJ is a national organization that assists local people to become empowered to protect their communities from environmental threats.
Lois was the key leader of Love Canal residents in their fight to be relocated away from a toxic dump containing over 20,000 tons of chemicals.
WRLF: Summer Children’s Programs at Sheep Hill
The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is offering week-long, half-day summer outdoor nature programs for children at its Sheep Hill headquarters on Cold Spring Road (Route 7) in Williamstown.
Environmental educator and Science Enrichment Specialist Kathy Chesney and outdoorsman Art Evans return to Sheep Hill in Williamstown to lead programs designed to engage children in nature and artistically express its wildness. Kathy and Art both have a variety of experience in teaching and in running summer outdoor programs.
Discover and Create for 6-8 year olds *
Monday, June 27 – Friday July 1
With Kathy Chesney. Using a variety of materials from nature, we will work on craft projects that are both functional and imaginative. Baking, cooking, exploring Sheep Hill’s different habitats, playing games, and reading stories will all be part of the adventure! Cost: $200 per child; $160 WRLF members
Parent and Preschooler Nature Exploration
Tuesday July 5 – Friday July 8
10:00-11:30am each day
With Kathy Chesney, Leslie Reed-Evans and staff. Gentle nature exploration at Sheep Hill will include discovery walks, outdoor play, craft activities and stories to engage children in nature. Cost: $50 per child, $35 WRLF members. One parent per 2 children, preregistration required.
Habitat Exploration for 5-7 year olds *
Monday July 11 –Friday July 15
With Kathy Chesney. Each day will introduce a nature topic featuring the pond, meadow, stream and woodlands, and their swimming, walking, hopping, and flying inhabitants. Outdoor games, nature crafts, and cooking will be a part of the program. Hours: 9-1 daily Cost: $200 per child; $160 WRLF members
Beginning Blacksmithing for 11 -14 year olds*
Monday July 18 – Saturday July 23
Three, 2-day sessions, running 9:00am-3:00 daily
With Art Evans. Each session is limited to 3 children. Participants will learn basic blacksmithing skills using traditional blacksmith’s tools and techniques in a coal -fired forge. Each participant will bring home a handforged item.
Session One: Mon & Tues July 18 and 19
Session Two: Wed & Thur July 20 and 21
Session Three: Fri & Sat July 22 and 23
Orientation and safety session Fri 7/15
Cost: $125 per session $100 WRLF members. Materials included.
Beginning Saturday July 9th – Drop-in family nature programs at Sheep Hill from 9:00am until noon
Guided weekday and Saturday afternoon hikes throughout the summer
*Age ranges may be flexible – please contact us if you would like to enroll a child outside the given age ranges
Pre-registration is required for all summer programs. Space is limited. For more information on fees or for registration forms contact the WRLF at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 413-458-2494. Information is also available on the WRLF website, at www.wrlf.org.
Not a member? Consider a $40 annual membership and save on all programs and events during the year, and support the WRLF’s education and conservation efforts!
Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation at Sheep Hill
671 Cold Spring Road (Route 7) Williamstown, MA 01267
WRLF announces Guided Hike Series
In celebration of its 30th year, the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation will be offering a series of monthly guided hikes on Williamstown trails beginning Saturday May 21 with a hike of the Fitch and RRR Brooks Trail. This is a chance to discover Williamstown’s varied hiking trails and to hike with other outdoor enthusiasts. From easier and lesser-known trails to popular destinations like Pine Cobble, each month will feature an opportunity to explore.
All hikes will begin at 9:30 AM at the WRLF’s Sheep Hill headquarters on Route 7 and will be led by WRLF Board members and volunteers. Participants should dress for the weather and bring water, snacks, sunscreen, hats, and insect repellant. Sturdy shoes that can get wet or muddy are recommended.
The series will include:
Tuesday, July 19 – Stone Hill
Tuesday, August 16 – Sara Tenney Trail
Saturday, September 17 – Stone Hill
Saturday, September 24 – Berlin Loop Trail
Saturday October 22 – Pine Cobble
No advanced registration is required, but interested participants are encouraged to call (413) 458-2494 for more information. Severe weather cancels.
The WRLF is a non-profit member-supported land conservation trust which helps to manage trails on its own and other conservation properties. Its Sheep Hill headquarters are located on Cold Spring Road (Route 7) a mile south of the Williamstown rotary. For more information, visit www.wrlf.org or “Like” the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation on Facebook.
Attorney General’s “Energy and Environment Public Listening Session” – Springfield, MA
Share your concerns about the environment with the Attorney General’s Office
Thursday, June 16
6:00- 8:00 pm
UMass Center in Springfield at Tower Square, 1500 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01115
The Office of Attorney General Maura Healey will be hosting an “Energy and Environment Public Listening Session” on May 4 in Springfield. This session will be devoted to hearing directly from residents about a range of issues, including: drinking water quality, childhood asthma, lead paint, toxic chemicals in the environment, energy costs and more.This event is free and open to the public.
Berkshire BioBlitz 2016
Saturday, June 18 @ noon through noon on Sunday, June 19, 2016 (24 hours running)
Base of Mt. Greylock
This coming weekend will be the 7th annual Berkshire Bioblitz June 18-19th noon to noon. It will be held at Mt. Greylock from the visitor center to round rock to Jones Nose. We have about 20 scientists from MA and NY on hand to identify as many living things as we can in a 24 hour period. Birds, reptiles, mammals, plants, fish… everything!
There will be exhibits and information tables set up at the visitor center for both days.
This year’s event is sponsored by the Massachusetts Geographic Alliance under a grant from National Geographic Education Foundation and Elms College and co-sponsored by Dr. Augie’s Science Education Programs and Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT).
Tell your friends, students and colleagues and join us! Feel free to add this event to your mailing lists and event calendars!
Lisa Provencher – Berkshire BioBlitz, Dr. Augie’s Science & Art Programs
Scott LaGreca – Cornell University
Jane Winn – Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)
Webinar Series —
Understanding & Protecting NEPA to Help Battle Pipelines, Compressors, LNG Exports and Other Environmental Harms.
Natural History of the Berkshires-A Field Course for Adults and Youth
Sponsoring Organizations: MCLA, Cornell University and Dr. Augie’s Science Programs
Course Location: Pittsfield/Lanesborough
Schedule: Tuesday July 5-Friday July 8, 2016
(4 or 2 day course… see registration form link below)
Time: 8am to 5pm
Target Audience: Adults and Youth (16 years or older)
Cost: $250 for 4 days or $125 for 2 days
To apply for this course email: email@example.com
Main Instructors: Lisa Provencher, M.S. Entomology. B.S. Environmental Science, Scott LaGreca Ph.D. Cornell University, John Wheeler Berkshire Mycology Society and various specialists TBA.
For more details see: https://draugies.wordpress.com/teacher-professional-development
Throughout this course we will meet with scientists and local naturalists as we explore and learn about the natural world of the Berkshires. The course will include several ways everyone can contribute to science including programs such as: Citizen Science, biodiversity days and the fast and furious bioblitz.
Stop the Pipelines or the People Will — March and Action
July 14-18, 2016
Medway • Walpole • Sharon • Weymouth • West Roxbury • the Statehouse
This is a historic moment: all over the world, people are taking bold direct action to stop new oil, coal and gas infrastructure and demand climate solutions. This July, we’re bringing the momentum to Massachusetts with a massive march and action against new gas pipelines.We’ll spend two days walking the route of Spectra’s proposed Access Northeast pipeline, building community and training ourselves in direct action as we go. Then, we’ll march to West Roxbury to shut down construction on the Spectra pipeline there, alongside our partners from Resist the Pipeline. Finally, we’ll walk together to the State House, where we’ll take bold, visionary action together to show Governor Baker, and our legislators, that we’re ready to do what it takes to stop new fossil fuel pipelines.
The timing couldn’t be better: our legislators and governor are on the verge of major decisions about pipelines and our state’s energy future. This summer could be a turning point for our state, and our climate. You won’t want to miss it!
Dates and locations:
Wild & Scenic Weekends along the Upper West Branch of the Westfield River
Learn new conservation skills at our free trainings, and put your passion into practice at our river and trail workdays. Events sponsored along the upper West Branch of the Westfield River in Becket and Washington.
July 9 • Center Pond Paddle (Paddle) • 10am-2pm
Learn to identify and remove invasive aquatic and wetland plants. Leader Mercedes Gallagher, Center Pond Weed Project
August 13 • Becket Gorge and Shaker Mill Brook (Hike) • 10am-2pm
Explore what you can do to celebrate and protect river corridors.
September 17 • Third Annual Watershed Blitz • 9am-2pm
Walk segments of the Wild & Scenic West Branch with river specialists and naturalists and meet fellow river stewards.
Register for all the details by contacting Meredyth Babcock: 413-623-2070 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Find us in the River and on the web: www.wildscenicwestfieldriver.org
Flying Deer Nature Center Summer/Fall Programs
Bird Language: Listening for Connection: An Evening Talk with Jon Young
Saturday, July 23, 6:30 pm
Berkshire South Regional Community Center, Crissey Road, Great Barrington, MA
We’re so excited to welcome Jon back after last year’s sold-out talk! His work and teachings inspire and inform our mission here at Flying Deer. Register now.
Rewild yourself with the gifts of the earth, supported by the power of community. Learn the food systems that govern survival in nature. Gather edible plants, practice hunting and trapping, and process and store wild foods. Register now.
August 16-18, 9:00 am-3:00 pm each day
A nature immersion for Pre-K to 5th-grade teachers, with award-winning elementary school teacher Bharati Shapero, Flying Deer Director Michelle Apland, and instructor Kevin Bose. Register now.
Sunday, August 21, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Rd., Lenox, MA
This powerful one-day workshop, co-hosted with Mass Audubon and facilitated by Flying Deer Nature Center instructors, introduces you to the science and art of interpreting Bird Language, increasing your mindful awareness, empathy, and sensitivity to your surroundings. Read more and register.
Held by a circle of women and the embrace of the forest, invite in the clarity to support growth with a two-day solo and time together in nature. Read details and register now.
One weekend/month, Fall 2016 to Spring 2017
Connection. Challenge. Transformation.
Practice earth skills in an intimate community setting with expert mentors.
Outdoor Adventure & Wilderness Skills!
SUMMER CAMPS—start 6/20 and run through 8/19
ALL Summer Camps (Leader in Training, At Home in the Woods, Way of the Scout and Hunter-Gatherer) are held in Conway, MA.
All weeks are Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EXCEPT JULY 4 WEEK–Tuesday, 7/5-Friday, 7/8.
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Learn while you play Wildcraft! The Herbal Adventure Game!
PO Box 961
Williamsburg, MA 01096
Hardy Kiwi Removal Day at Kennedy Park
Saturday, Sept 10
Questions, please contact:
Town of Lenox | 6 Walker Street | Lenox, Massachusetts | 01240
P: 413.637.5500, x 1203 | F: 413.637.5518
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New England Wild Flower Society Online Courses
Open enrollment begins Monday, November 14 and ends Sunday, April 2.
Course: $100 (Member) / $125 (Nonmember)
Course + Field Trip: $128 (Member) / $160 (Nonmember)
Monday, September 12 to Friday, October 14
Delve deeper into the New England Flora in this online and field course. Learn how plants change as they grow; how they interact with other species; and how geology, soils, land-use history, hydrology, and climate shape the plant communities of the region.
Course: $100 (Member) / $125 (Nonmember)Course + Field Trip: $128 (Member) / $160 (Nonmember)
Monday, October 17 to Friday, November 18