Calendar of events

Berkshire events – locations in red
Connecticut River Valley events – locations in green

BEAT sponsored/co-sponsored events in navy


Natural History with Eric Eaton

Friday June 19th 10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. Natural History with Eric Eaton. Join Eric Eaton (author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects) and Dave Small for a fun excursion in the North Quabbin. Meet at the Millers River Environmental Center at 10 AM. Canceled if heavy rain. Info

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Waste Oil Paint and Used Motor Oil Waste Collection Set

On Saturday, June 20th, from 8:30-11 AM, the South Berkshire Household Hazardous Waste Collaborative will hold a paint and oil collection in Great Barrington for the 15 participating towns.  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 or Habitat Restore in Pittsfield.

To register online or for information about what can be brought to these collections, visit or email  Or call CET at 888-577-8448 ext. 14.  Residents from communities that are not participating should call their City or Town Hall for information about hazardous household product collections.

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5th Annual Moth Ball

Saturday, June 20, 9 p.m. – late night           5th Annual Moth Ball

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

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Berkshire BioBlitz

Sixth Annual Berkshire BioBlitz to be held June 19th, 20th, 2015

Event puts scientists and residents together to survey local species 

Pittsfield, Mass.: In celebration of local biodiversity, Berkshire County’s annual BioBlitz will be held at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary on Holmes Road in Pittsfield starting at noon Friday June 19 and ending noon on Saturday June 20. This year’s event is hosted by Mass Audubon’s Berkshire Sanctuaries at their Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary and co-sponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team, Dr. Augie’s Science Education Programs and the Berkshire 4-H. Canoe Meadows is home to a wide variety of plants and trees as well as turtles, ospreys, otters, and owls. Gentle, flat trails wind through the sanctuary’s scenic woods, fields, and wetlands, and along the edge of the Housatonic River.

The BioBlitz is an opportunity for biologists, naturalists and environmentalists to work in collaboration with the general public to gather in a given area and—in a 24-hour period— complete a formal survey of all living species while seeing first-hand the importance of a healthy, active ecosystem in their own community. Approximately 20 specialists will be on hand to explore, identify and educate, including local mushroom specialist John Wheeler of the Berkshire Mycological Society, Scott LaGreca, lichen specialist, Cornell University, and author of Insects of New England and New York, Tom Murray.

Although the biological survey is the “core” of the Berkshire BioBlitz, there will be a variety of family-friendly, interactive, nature-oriented nature walks and conversations taking place during the event. The public is invited to drop in anytime between the hours of noon and 10pm Friday, and 8am until noon on Saturday, to meet with our specialists. During the day, Berkshire Tracker Elia Del Molino will lead a mammal tracking workshop. After dark, two programs will be taking place: an “Owl Prowl” hike with naturalist Rene Wendell of the Trustees of Reservations’ Bartholomew’s Cobble, and a “Moth-Light” demonstration by Mark Mello of the Lloyd Center for the Environment.

At noon on Saturday, the event will end with a closing ceremony and an announcement of our final species tally. On August 15th, the results will be exhibited at the Berkshire County 4-H Fair that takes place on Utility Drive.

The first BioBlitz ever held took place in 1998 in Walden Woods, Concord, MA. Through the success of that event, many states and countries have joined the movement and held similar surveys. Berkshire County is proud to be a part of this endeavor that allows personal involvement while learning more about our own area’s biodiversity, distribution and abundance.

“This is a great opportunity for people from all walks of life to get back to nature and to learn about the amazing lives of plants and animals in their own backyards.” said Lisa Provencher, founder of Dr. Augie’s Science Education Programs.

This year’s event is 100% volunteer run. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this unique event.

Directions to Canoe Meadows
From the Mass. Turnpike (Rt I-90): Take exit 2 (Lee). Follow Rt 7 and Rt 20 north for 8 miles to Holmes Road. Turn right onto Holmes Road and proceed 2.7 miles to sanctuary entrance on the right.

From the north and Rt 9: Take Rt 7 and Rt 20 south from Pittsfield to Lenox. Turn left onto Holmes Road at the traffic light and proceed 2.7 miles to the sanctuary entrance on the right.

This event is free. For details visit

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Flying Deer Day


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Taproots Common Events

Folk School Workshops at Taproot Commons

Taproot Commons Folk School workshops – Cummington, MA. The primary purpose of the Taproot Commons folk school style workshops is to uplift community teaching talent, and inspire perpetual creativity toward a replenishing future. We are invested in making life-long learning affordable, non-competitive, non-coercive, independent from outside funding, and to the purpose of interdependence. The focus is on re-skilling, melding old and new technologies, regenerative agriculture and forestry, deep understanding of local and natural history, true arts and crafts, and embracing alternative ways of knowing in this unremitting information age. For more on folk schools (at least our own synopsis).This year we are launching with just over 30 workshops, plus free community events for both knowledge and conviviality. Feel free to pass this along to anyone copacetic.
See our whole 2015 line-up hereWe invite local folks who are interested in teaching a class or would like to see a class offered for 2016 to be in touch on our website and let us know.Teach a class   Suggest a courseUpcoming Workshops for May and June are as follows (click on the links for full descriptions, and/or to register):
Overview of Food Preservation: Thursday 6/18 6-8pm
Participants will explore a variety of low-tech ways to preserve food. They will examine tools and equipment. They will become familiar with basic food safety and leave prepared to move into procedures.
with Kathy Harrison
Graywater Gardens: Saturday 6/20 10-4:30
Participants will engage in a graywater garden design/build at the farm, explore graywater alternatives, and tour a local graywater greenhouse designed by the instructor.

with Sadie Stull

Looking forward to engaging and learning with many of you. Feel free to holler (email is easiest) with questions/comments

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Repair Cafe

Saturday, June 20th, 1:00 to 5:00,
St. Stephen’s Church, 67 East St.




REFRESHMENTS, Clothing, chairs & other wood items, lamps, vacuums, other electrical items, bikes, knives & blades for sharpening, toys, cushions, bags, and more (1-2 items per person).

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For the Love of Roses

June 20th

Western Massachusetts Master Gardeners’ will be conducting a gardening class at Springside Park, 874 North St. Pittsfield at the demonstration gardens behind the Springside House.

June 20th, 10 am  “For the the Love of Roses”, Liz ,Leonard, Geri Jones

You can register or obtain more information by contacting Jim McCarthy, 413 637-2940, The at  The classes are free and last 1-2 hours

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Solidarity with Vermont Dairy Workers

June 20th

Vermont dairy workers have an important campaign underway calling for a national day of action on Saturday June 20 to urge Ben & Jerry’s to stand for farmworkers’ rights in their supply chain by joining a new workers’ rights initiative- The Milk with Dignity Program!

The Pioneer Valley Workers Center and Western Mass. Jobs with Justice are having a local solidarity action  a tip-in at the Ben and Jerry’s located in Yankee Candle in Deerfield from 11:30am-12:30pm on June 20! Join us!

Here is the Facebook page for the action; share and invite friends! 

Where: Ben and Jerry’s in Yankee Candle

25 Greenfield Rd, South Deerfield

When: Saturday June 20, 11:30am-12:30pm

What: We will have a tip-in! This means we will show our support for the workers by providing them with extra good tips. You can buy ice-cream if you want, but the main goal is to show that we support workers from farm to table!

Bring Signs, Bring your Voice, Bring Solidarity!

Dairy farmworker’s in Vermont work 60-80 hours a week; 40% earn less than Vermont minimum wage and don’t have a day off; 30% have had a workplace injury or illness; and 20% face wage theft.  But there’s hope! Vermont dairy workers need your solidarity!

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Sign onto the #MilkwithDignity organizational letter of support.
  2. Email your networks about June 20thday of action
  3. Come to the action in South Deerfield on June 20thfrom 11:30am-12:30pm at 25 Greenfield Rd, South Deerfield. We will have a tip-in (give the workers extra tips) and show our solidarity with signs and chants!
  4. Social Media Actions:

·  LIKE our new Milk With Dignity facebook page AND share our call to action picture

·  SHARE our new 1 minute campaign video: and TAG us in the post!

·  TWEET to spread the word. Sample tweet:

[Your Org] stands with @migrantjustice. Tell @benandjerrys @JosSolheim: #MilkwithDignity Now!

Info: Pioneer Valley Workers Center,

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Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC) Annual Celebration

Angela Mrozinski, CRWC Outreach & Events Director
amrozinski@ctriver.org413-772-2020 ext.204
Ron Rhodes, CRWC North Country River Steward

River Celebration & Solstice Paddle at Path of Life Garden

Greenfield, MA – On Saturday, June 20, the Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC) will host their annual River Celebration in Windsor, VT. The free event will be held at the Path of Life Garden, on the banks of the Connecticut River, from9am-3pm. The Garden, located at Artisans Park near Harpoon Brewery, Simon Pearce glassworks outlet and Great River Outfitters, is a 14-acre site with trails and sculptures. RSVP and full event details can be found at

“There are so many reasons to celebrate the Connecticut River,” notes CRWC Executive Director Andrew Fisk. “We love getting to know the many people who cherish New England’s largest river. It’s wonderful to gather and enjoy our rivers together.” The event draws attendees from across the four watershed states. All who love our rivers, near and far, are encouraged to attend this free event. For those coming from afar, Snapdragon Inn in Windsor, VT is offering a 20% room discount to event participants. Reservations must be made through the Inn and mention CRWC for the discount.

Willem Lange is the featured speaker. Lange is an outdoor enthusiast, Emmy award-winning host of NH Public Television’s “Windows to the Wild,” commentator for VT Public Radio and VT Public Television, and writes a weekly newspaper column, “A Yankee Notebook.”

The Celebration will kick off with a Summer Solstice paddle. Paddlers can bring their own boats or rent from Great River Outfitters; mention CRWC for a discount rate. Those not interested in an on-river adventure can join CRWC River Stewards and avid anglers for fly-casting and fly-tying demonstrations in the Garden.

A picnic lunch, provided in part by Harpoon Brewery, follows the morning activities. Participants are also welcome to bring their own picnic lunch. Live music provided by Rise! a NH-based American Roots string band. The Bud Foster Award will be presented to Barbara Skuly of New Hampshire, a well-deserving conservationist in the region.

The event wraps up with an ice cream social, provided by Snow’s Premium Ice Cream, and raffle drawings for Ibex, LLBean, and Simon Pearce products and more. A 2:30pm private tour of Harpoon Brewery is offered to the first 30 people to sign up at the event. Additional brewery tours are available throughout the day for $5.

River Celebration 2015 celebrates the nationally-recognized Connecticut River watershed and the people who help protect it. This annual event is held at notable locations up and down the Connecticut River. To RSVP or for a full schedule of activities, visit

The Connecticut River Watershed Council works to protect the watershed from source to sea. As stewards of this heritage, we celebrate our four-state treasure and collaborate, educate, organize, restore and intervene to preserve its health for generations to come. Our work informs our vision of economic and ecological abundance. To learn more about CRWC, or to join the effort and help protect our rivers, visit

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Canoe Trip on the Housatonic River

Sat, Jun 20, 2015 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Location:        Housatonic River-Decker Boat Launch, New Lenox Rd, Lenox MA

Instructor:      Sanctuary Staff

Audience:        All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years)

Members:        Adult $25.00, Child $25.00

Nonmembers: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00

Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Watch for frogs, fish, herons, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the meandering and scenic Housatonic River. This leisurely paddle will take us through the George Darey Wildlife Management Area. Join us to learn about the natural history of the waterway that is the heart of the Berkshires.

Instructions and Directions:

Directions to meeting place will be provided upon registration. Children must be at least 10 years of age, accompanied by an adult, and know how to swim. Bring food, drink, insect repellent, and sunscreen.        Registration is required.

Register online or call 413-637-0320 to register by phone.

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Wildflower Exploration at Lime Kiln

Sat, Jun 20, 2015 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location:        Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 568 Silver St Sheffield MA 01257

Instructor:      Joe Strauch – Sanctuary Volunteer and author of Wildflowers of the Berkshire and Taconic Hills; former Executive Director of Berkshire Botanical Garden

Audience:        All (suitable for children 0 – 18 years)

Members:        Adult $6.00, Child $6.00         Nonmembers:  Adult $8.00, Child $8.00

Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Lime Kiln Farm has a variety of habitats, from recovering farm fields and forested ridges, to swamps and abandoned lime quarries. We’ll explore them, looking for wildflowers of woodlands and open fields as well as interesting woody plants.  Plan to scramble down to the old lime kiln.

Instructions and Directions:   Bring your favorite wildflower guide (Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide is recommended) and if you have them, a 10x hand lens and a walking stick. (Wildflower guides and hand lens available through Pleasant Valley Gift Shop). Wear sturdy shoes and bring insect repellent.       Registration is required.           Register online or call 413-637-0320 to register by phone.

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Butterflies of North Common Meadow

Sunday, June 21, 10-noon.

“Butterflies of North Common Meadow”   Meet at the Millers River Environmental Center at 10 AM. Canceled if heavy rain. We will drive to Petersham to search for butterflies and whatever nature provides for distractions: other insects, birds, amphibians and typical plants of North Common Meadow. Trip leader: Sue Cloutier For additional information email Sue

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Good Reason for Using Native Plants and Flowers in Your Landscape

Wednesday June 24th    6:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Willow Farm, 25 Hardwick Pond Road, Ware, just over the Hardwick town line (Turkey Street in Hardwick becomes Hardwick Pond Road in Ware )

Join us for our final monthly program. Considering the season, we thought that an  outdoor walk around Brian’s unique and interesting property would be more fun than an indoor talk. Brian has been actively managing his land for ecological biodiversity and native habitat enhancement for many years, and it really pays off! He has recorded 72 species of butterflies here and attracts countless species of moths and other insects.  This in turn supplies plenty of food for the birds that nest here.  We’ll talk about the benefits of native plant gardening and enjoy any critters we encounter.  Dress for the weather; bring cameras, binoculars, and insect repellent.  Parking is limited; please try to car-pool. Sorry, cancelled if foul weather.

Contact with questions or to arrange rideshare.

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Twilight Kayak Tour

June 25th

Enjoy the quiet of the twilight hours as you paddle Dyken Pond on a Twilight Kayak Tour at the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center on June 25th from 7pm-9pm. This program is limited to 12 boats so pre-registration is required and can be done by contacting the Center at or (518)658-2055.

Kayaks can be rented for $10 or you can bring your own. A complete list of summer programs can be found at:

Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center is a Rensselaer County Park open daily during daylight hours for hiking, fishing and non-motor boating. Canoes and kayaks are available for rent each day from 9am until 3pm. Call for more information and a complete schedule of our summer events.

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Dragonflies Above and Below the River (Training)

June 27th

Join Entomologist Dr. Kirsten Martin as she explores and explains the exquisite world of dragon and damselflies. 10am-2pm.

Register for all the details – contact Meredyth Babcock: 413-623-2070

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Tom Wessels, Reading the Forested Landscape

When: Saturday, June 27th10:00 – 11:30 am – Talk and Slideshow11:30 – 12:30 pm – Lunch and Discussion12:30 – 2:30 pm – Explore the Bidwell House Forest with Tom Wessels, at the Bidwell House Museum – Rain or Shine!Workshop details: Based on Tom’s book, Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England, this workshop introduces approaches used to interpreting a forest’s history. Using evidence such as the shapes of trees, scars on their trunks, the pattern of decay in stumps, the construction of stone walls, and the lay of the land, it is possible to unravel complex stories etched into our forested landscape. This process could easily be called forest forensics, since it is quite similar to interpreting a crime scene.

Participants will:

 Gain a better understanding of cultural and natural disturbances on the land in general – specifically the 192 acreBHM property – and how they have shaped our use and enjoyment of our woods and fields Learn methods and skills to identify and understand these cultural and natural historical events in order to applythis knowledge to your own land or on any walk in the woods. You will see old landscapes with new eyes! Be challenged by Tom’s unique way of experiential teaching and problem solving! Be able to purchase Tom’s books. Tom Wessels, ecologist and Professor Emeritus at Antioch University New England, is author of Reading theForested Landscape, The Myth of Progress and Forest Forensics: A Field Guide to Reading the Forested Landscapeamong others. Tom has conducted landscape ecology and sustainability workshops throughout the country for over 30years. Tom Wessels 6/27/2015 Workshop Reservation Form # of participants $ amountAdvance Price: $ 30 p.p. for full workshop, $15 for Walk or Talk (circle)Museum member price: $20 full workshop, $10 for Walk or Talk _______________________________Price at the door: $40 full workshop, $20 walk or talkLunch & discussion: $10 for optional sandwich/dessert/drink or BYO _______________________________[Please choose: Turkey Wrap – Ham Wrap – Vegetarian Wrap (circle one)]Total enclosed: – can be combined with membership check _______________________________Name:_________________________________________ Phone/Email: ___________________________________Please make checks payable to The Bidwell House Museum, PO Box 537, Monterey, MA 01245Thank you! Looking forward to a great day with Tom and you.

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Let’s Move: Healthy Outdoor Family Activities

June 27th

Grafton – The 2nd Annual Let’s Move Day is on June 27th at Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center. This day of free activities is designed to let people try their hand at various outdoor activities and encourages everyone to get outside to try something fun or different! This weekend coincides with New York State’s free fishing weekend. Trout Unlimited will be running a fly tying workshop, fly-casting demonstrations and a pond biodiversity assessment. Kayaking, nature walks and geo-caching will be other activities led by guides as well. Healthy, light snacks and refreshments will be available all day.

Let’s Move Day will take place in two different sessions from 10:30am – Noon and 12:30pm – 2:00pm and everything is free! Pre-registration for Kayaking is available for those interested. If you have any questions please e-mail us at or call (518) 658-2055. A complete list of summer programs can also be found on our website.

Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center is a Rensselaer County Park open daily during daylight hours for hiking, fishing and non-motor boating. Canoes and kayaks are available for rent each day from 9am until 3pm. Call for more information and a complete schedule of our summer events.

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Introduction to Permaculture

June 27th & 28th

     Permaculture is a creative design process which aims to meet human needs, while also focusing on the health of nature.  Learning from the examples given in natural eco-systems, the designer looks to create as many interconnections between elements as possible.
This two day workshop will cover basic concepts of ecology, permaculture principles and examples of design.  We’ll learn how to begin practicing this approach in your own backyard, as well as look at how it can be applied to many other aspects of life.  We’ll even get some experience practicing design and applying it to a small project on the land.

When: June 27 and 28th.  Saturday and Sunday 10-4.
Where: Project Native.  342 North Plain Rd. (rt. 41) Housatonic, Ma.
Cost: $60
Register: email:, or call (815)277-7240.  Space limited.

Bring a lunch each day.

Kevin Bose is a graduate of the Regenerative Design and Nature Awareness program (RDNA) at the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, Ca.  He has an M.A. in Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Community.   He has been a teacher of the natural world to adults and children for 8 years.

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Great American Campout at Skyfields

Saturday, June 27, 2015 – 3:30pm to Sunday, June 28, 2015 – 10:00am

Skyfields Arboretum, 1461 Old Keene Rd, Athol

Related Conservation Area: 

Skyfields: Willis Woods Loop Trail and Arboretum (Athol)

First-time and experienced campers alike are invited to spend a unique night under the stars at Skyfields Arboretum, Mount Grace’s headquarters. participate in family-friendly games and activities at Skyfields, including blueberry picking, nature walks, a crab-soccer match, and habitat crafts.

Campers will enjoy a cookout and campfire, complete with stories, songs, and s’mores. Campers will sleep in tents at the arboretum (which abuts the Lawton State Forest) and wake to enjoy a morning hike and breakfast before breaking camp.  Pre-registration is required, as space is limited. This event is free for Mount Grace members and $10/family for non-members.

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Canoe Trip to Upper and Lower Goose Ponds

Sun, Jun 28, 2015 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location:        Upper and Lower Goose Ponds

Instructor:      Sanctuary Staff

Audience:        All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years)

Members:        Adult $28.00, Child $28.00

Nonmembers: Adult $38.00, Child $38.00

Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Explore the coves and marshes of one of the Berkshires’ most beautiful lakes. Paddle across Lower Goose Pond to pristine Upper Goose Pond in search of ravens, hawks, herons, and a variety of songbirds. Eat a snack onshore and search for interesting plant and animal life along the Appalachian Trail. We will walk one mile on the AT before paddling back.

Instructions and Directions:   Children must be 10 years or older and able to swim. Directions to meeting place in Lee will be provided upon registration. Due to possible windy conditions, previous canoe experience is required. This canoe trip can be strenuous. Bring food, drink, insect repellent, and sunscreen.         Registration is required.

Register online or call 413-637-0320 to register by phone.

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Appalachian Mountain Club Berkshire Chapter Pot Luck

Potluck and Presentation on the 90 Miles of the AT in Massachusetts

Lee, MA   On Sunday, June 28, 6pm, the Berkshire Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club is having a potluck at the Lee Congregational Church, 25 Park Place, Lee, MA. Cosmo Catalano, Berkshire Chapter’s Appalachian Trail Management Committee member and long-time trail maintainer, will give a presentation on the history of the trail and how the Appalachian Mountain Club manages and protects it.

The 90 miles of the AT in Massachusetts are maintained by volunteers. They keep the trail clear, build bridges, protect the path from erosion, and do all that is necessary to keep the trail in good condition. This requires many hours of labor. Catalano will explain how this is done and how you can help.

The evening will be a combination of social interaction with other hikers and outdoor enthusiasts and learning about the premier hiking trail in the eastern US that we are lucky enough to have in Berkshire County.

The event is free and the public is invited and encouraged to attend. Bring a dish to share.

For more information, visit

For more information, contact:
Bess Dillman
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Massachusetts Butterfly Club

June 30, Tuesday 10:30AM

Willow Farm Field Trip.  This property has been actively managed for ecological biodiversity and native habitat enhancement for many years, and it really pays off!  The owner has recorded 72 species of butterflies on his property.  A walk here any time of the season is interesting.

Meet at Willow Farm, property of Brian & Martha Klassanos, 25 Hardwick Pond Rd, Ware.  Parking is limited.  Please try to carpool.

Contact co-leader Wendy Howes about meeting in Hardwick to carpool or with weather questions at curiousbooks@verizon.netor 978-928-4737

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Youth Opportunities at Dyken Pond

June 29th-July 3rd

Grafton – Scholarship applications are now being accepted for the Summer Outdoor Learning Adventure, a summer nature day camp at the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center. This popular one week nature program is for youth ages 6 – 13.

The Forest Conservation Corps, for teens aged 14 -16, will reconvene for its third year at the Dyken Pond Center. The program runs from June 29th – July 3rd from 9am – 3:30pm. FCC crews work on valuable conservation projects while developing job skills, personal values and knowledge of the environment. This experience and the skills gained can enhance your education, leadership and future job opportunities. Participants work on conservation projects and participate in environmental education for aone week session. There is no cost to participate in FCC and students who attend can gain community service hours. Applications must be received by June 12 and can be found on our website at If you have any questions please e-mail us at or call (518) 658-2055.

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Parent and Preschooler Nature Exploration

June 28th-July 2nd

Summer begins on Monday June 29 from 10-11:30 AM with Parent and Preschooler Nature Exploration with Kathy Chesney, Leslie Reed-Evans and staff.  The program will include gentle nature exploration through discovery walks, outdoor play, craft activities and stories to engage children in nature.  The program runs four days, through July 2nd.

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


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Hubbardston Pot-Luck Field Trip

July 8, Wednesday 10:30AM

Hubbardston Pot-Luck Field Trip.  We’ll check some areas that have held surprises in the past and hope to see Bog Copper and Silver-Bordered Fritillary.  There is access to rest rooms.

Meet at large parking lot in front of Hubbardston’s recreation area on Route 68, about 1.2 miles north of the village center.

Contact Wendy Howes at or 978-928-4737 (landline)

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Columbia County Citizens’ Climate Lobby

Monday, July 13, 6:30 pm (sharp), 11 Kinderhook St., Chatham, NY

Come and hear what we learned at the national conference, and what plans are in store for our first big event — a talk by Rear Admiral Titley on the local and national security implications of climate change.

We are meeting a little later so people have time to get in more outdoor work now that the days are longer.  But we will start right at 6:30!

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Week Long Science and Nature Programs

July 6th – July 11th

Week-long science and nature programs with Kathy Chesney will start on Monday July 6 with Habitat Exploration for 5-7 year olds from 9 AM – 1 PM. Each day will introduce a nature topic featuring the pond, meadow, stream and woodlands, and their swimming, hopping, and flying inhabitants.

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

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I SPY Invasive Stilt Grass

July 18th

In Huntington, MA! (Workday) Join us in tackling this early-invader before it spreads around the watershed. 9am-1pm.

Register for all the details – contact Meredyth Babcock: 413-623-2070 or

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HVA Paddling and Hiking Events

Tuesday, June 23: 4pm – 6pm

HVA’s  Introduction to River Canoeing, South Lee

Join HVA on Tuesday, June 23 (4pm – 6pm) for an introduction to canoeing on a flatwater stretch of the Housatonic River in Lee. Free. Canoes and equipment provided. To preregister, call HVA at 413-394-9796 or email If you have never been in a canoe, then consider this opportunity. 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. Families with children 10yrs+ welcome. Program support provided by Housatonic Heritage.

Saturday, June 27: 9am – 3pm

HVA Paddle Trip to Woods Pond

Join HVA on Saturday, June 27 (9am – 3pm) for a paddle trip on the Housatonic River in Lenox.Preregistration required. Free. Canoes and equipment provided or register to bring your own boat. To preregister call HVA at 413-394-9796 or email Enjoy an easy, flatwater paddle along what is considered one of the most beautiful stretches of the Housatonic River in Massachusetts. Learn more about the PCB contamination concerns, the proposed remediation plan and the expected timeline. Families with teenagers welcome. Program support provided by Housatonic Heritage.

Saturday, July 11: 10am – Noon

HVA Guided Hike for Families on the Old Mill Trail  

On Saturday, July 11 (10am – Noon), join HVA for a  guided nature walk for families along part of the Old Mill Trail in Hinsdale. The trail follows the East Branch of the Housatonic River. Free. To preregister, call 413-394-9796. Complete a scavenger hunt, search for river critters and learn about the river habitat. Appropriate for families with young children. Support provided  the Central Berkshire Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Saturday, July 18: 10am – 3pm

HVA Paddle Trip from Great Barrington to the Sheffield Covered Bridge

Join HVA on Saturday, July 18 (10am – 3pm) for a day of river exploration. Paddle a meandering stretch of the Housatonic River through Great Barrington and into Sheffield. Enjoy views of the surrounding hills and farmland Free. Canoes and equipment provided or register to bring your own boat. To preregister call HVA at 413-394-9796 or email Program support provided by Housatonic Heritage.

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Moth Night

Friday, July 24, 2015 – 9:00pm to Saturday, July 25, 2015 – 12:00am

Skyfields Arboretum, 1461 Old Keene Road, Athol

Related Conservation Area: 

Skyfields: Willis Woods Loop Trail and Arboretum (Athol)

The Athol Bird and Nature Club and Mount Grace invite everyone to the Athol Celebration of National Moth Week. We will tour the arboretum’s excellent habitat for native pollinating insects in search of those often missed during daylight hours, including luna and underwing moths. Join us and naturalist Dave Small at the Arboretum to see a diversity of night flying creatures, right in our own backyard!  Please RSVP.

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 AT Hikes and Community Picnic

Saturday, July 25       Hikes at 10:30am & 2pm. Community Picnic at 5pm

3rd Annual Appalachian Trail Hikes and Community Picnic

Join DCR MassParks staff and Great Barrington Trails & Greenways partners to celebrate the  Appalachian Trail in our community.  Did you know that Great Barrington is a designated Appalachian Trail Community™? Come learn what it’s all about.  Swimming & campfire provided.  In the event of rain or significant weather the event will be cancelled. Parking for the event will be offered at the main entrance for Beartown State Forest near the boat ramp on Benedict Pond Rd. in Monterey.

Registration Required for all hikes . Space is limited.  Registration:

10:30 AM– Join us on one of two adventurous 7 mile hikes: South along the A.T. from Fernside Rd. -OR– North along A.T. from Homes Rd, are asked to meet at Benedict Pond parking lot at 10:30am and will be shuttled to the starting points.

2:00 PM– Join for one of two shorter hikes

Moderate hike to “The Ledges” along the A.T. for fantastic views -OR- gentle hike around Benedict Pond.

5 PM POTLUCK PICNIC- All hikes end at the picnic.  Can’t join us on a hike? Come to the picnic!

Bring lots of your favorite picnic food to share with hungry thru-hikers! 

THRU-HIKERS WELCOME (free camping)!

Hike Registration or Questions :

Event information at and


Saturday, July 25       Hikes at 10:30am & 2pm. Community Picnic at 5pm

3rd Annual Appalachian Trail Hikes and Community Picnic

Join DCR MassParks staff and Great Barrington Trails & Greenways partners to celebrate the  Appalachian Trail in our community.  Did you know that Great Barrington is a designated Appalachian Trail Community™? Come learn what it’s all about and connect with others in the trail community.  There will be 4 guided hikes which will all end in time to join the picnic. Bring plenty of your favorite picnic food to share with hungry thru-hikers. Registration Required for hikes as space is limited.    In the event of rain or significant weather the event will be cancelled. Parking for the event will be offered at the main entrance for Beartown State Forest near the boat ramp on Benedict Pond Rd. in Monterey.

Hike Registration or Questions:

More Detailed Event information at and


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NOFA 41st Annual Summer Conference

August 14-16

Have a passion for organic farming, backyard gardening and food justice? Join us at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on August 14-16, 2015 for a weekend of workshops and fun, strengthening and transforming the food system and our communities! This year’s theme is “Healing the Climate, Healing Ourselves: Regeneration through Microbiology.”
A vibrant learning community

Choose from 144 workshops in eight 90-minute sessions. Our full schedule is online, with workshop listings by timeslot and category.

Workshops run from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon and cover a wide range of topics like nutrition, gardening, land access, crop production, cooperative economies, food politics, urban and international agriculture and much more.

Dig deep! Pre-conference intensives – Friday, August 14
  • Healing Your Body with the GAPS Nutritional Protocol (full day)
  • Creating Herbal Remedies for Digestive Wellness (half day)
  • Carbon Farming: Regenerative Agriculture for the Climate (half day)
  • Pastured Poultry: From Brooder to Bag (half day)
  • Becoming a Backyard Beekeeper (half day)
2015 keynote speakers are Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, medical doctor, nutritional consultant and developer of the GAPS Diet (Gut And Psychology Syndrome), and Ronnie Cummins, consumer activist and co-founder and International Director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA).
Bring the kids
With conferences for children and teens, this family-friendly event has activities for all ages.
Logistics, lodging and registration

Budget friendly accommodations and registration options are offered, as are scholarships, work exchange opportunities, and discounts for groups of 5 or more.

Single day registrations, camping and dorms, organic meals and carpooling also available.
Energizing fun & restorative downtime

The conference has opportunities for play, inquiry, and experimenting with new skills in and out of the classroom. 

Participants enjoy connecting with other likeminded people, live music, dance, films, games, exhibitors, and our country fair.
Hope to see you in August!


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Bird Language Club

Flying Deer’s new Bird Language Club
meets for the first time on Tuesday!
Mark your calendar for upcoming dates.
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When we understand the vocalizations of the birds, the daily unseen happenings and interconnections in nature become more visible to us. As our awareness expands and our disturbance lessens, the fox, hawk, and weasel hidden in the landscape are revealed.
In Flying Deer’s new Bird Language Club, we will practice listening to the birds, then document our experiences in a mapping and sharing exercise that helps us pull out the story of the day. As a group, we can greatly accelerate and deepen our awareness of the birds and our connection to the natural world.
Where: Project Native, 342 North Plain Rd. (Route 41), Housatonic, MA 01236
When: Tuesdays from 9:00 am to noon (note exceptions below)
  • June 29 – We meet on a Monday this week!
  • July 7
  • July 28 – We meet from 3:00-6:00 pm this week!
  • August 4
  • August 18
  • Sept. 1
Suggested donation: $5 to $20
We will meet rain or shine! Come to as many meetings as you are able; no commitment required.
Kevin Bose, Flying Deer Nature Center instructor, is a graduate of the yearlong Regenerative Design and Nature Awareness Program, where he practiced this routine for a year with Jon Young, author of

What the Robin Knows and founder of the Wilderness Awareness School and the 8 Shields Institute.

Questions? Contact Kevin at
More opportunities to tune in to Bird Language:
Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary offers morning bird walks and other birding activities year-round. Check the schedule for upcoming events.
Flying Deer Nature Center
5 Abode Road
New Lebanon, New York 12125


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Hilltown Families: Family Volunteer Day

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts &
Hilltown Families present Family Volunteer Days!
  • Saturday, March 21st9-11:30amBite into a Healthy Lifestyle (Nutrition Month) in Hatfield, MA.
  • Thursday, April 23rd, 6-8pmCelebrate National Volunteer Month in Hatfield, MA.
  • Saturday, May 9th9-11:30amFamily Farming Fun (Food Bank Farm volunteer day.) in Hadley, MA.
  • Sunday, June 28th9-11:30amFarming with Friends (Food Bank Farm volunteer day.) in Hadley, MA.
  • Tuesday, July 14th6-8pmPotluck and Volunteer (Bring your favorite dish to share.) in Hatfield, MA.
  • Thursday, August 6th6-8pmPotluck and Volunteer (Bring your favorite dish to share.) in Hatfield, MA.
  • Saturday, September 12th, all day: Take Action Against Hunger (National Hunger Action  Month) in Hatfield, MA.
  • October: TBA
  • November: TBA
  • December: TBA


[Hatfield, MA] – Over the years, Hilltown Families has partnered with The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts in several ways, offering families in the region opportunities to engage in service-based learning while volunteering together as a family in support of food security in our region. Hilltown Families has organized a field trip and a couple of virtual food drives and shared with the community how they could organize their own field trips and food drives too. Hilltown Families has given the community a heads-up on youth volunteer opportunitiesservices for families during summer months, and resources to support child(ren)/student’s learning of hunger and food security, including Children’s Books on Food Security/Scarcity and Youth Against Hunger Education Curriculum.

One of the issues participants learned during Hilltown Families field trip was how difficult it can be for some families to have access to fresh organic fruits and vegetables. In response, Hilltown Families organized a station at the Hilltown Families Family Community Service Event to empowered families to learn how to grow an extra row of vegetables in their home gardens to harvest and donate to their local food pantries, and collaborated with local business and farms to offergleaning opportunities for families.

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts &
Hilltown Families present Family Volunteer Days!

Families continue to seek out new ways to spend time together that supports values and learning, and volunteering as a family at The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is great way to do just that! In partnership with Hilltown Families, families are invited to attend a series of monthly volunteer sessions where they will help sort food, take part in educational activities, and learn how to take actions to help fight hunger.

“Volunteering together teaches children positive values, like kindness, empathy and tolerance, and opens up channels of communication between parent and child,” says Sienna Wildfield, Hilltown Families Executive Director. “Engaging children in community service can increase their participation as future volunteers, helping to create more resilient and sustainable communities.”

By partnering with Hilltown Families, The Food Bank seeks to promote Family Volunteer Day’s and increase attendance at monthly events. A partnership with The Food Bank offers Hilltown Families new opportunities for our participating families to volunteer together with their community, engaged in service-based learning while supporting an important local cause! Together, both The Food Bank & Hilltown Families encourage families to volunteer together, discovering that they can truly make a difference!

Upcoming Family Volunteer Days in partnership with Hilltown Families:

  • Tuesday, February 17th6-8pmShare the Love (Valentine’s Day theme) in Hatfield, MA.
  • Saturday, March 21st9-11:30amBite into a Healthy Lifestyle (Nutrition Month) in Hatfield, MA.
  • Thursday, April 23rd, 6-8pmCelebrate National Volunteer Month in Hatfield, MA.
  • Saturday, May 9th9-11:30amFamily Farming Fun (Food Bank Farm volunteer day.) in Hadley, MA.
  • Sunday, June 28th9-11:30amFarming with Friends (Food Bank Farm volunteer day.) in Hadley, MA.
  • Tuesday, July 14th6-8pmPotluck and Volunteer (Bring your favorite dish to share.) in Hatfield, MA.
  • Thursday, August 6th6-8pmPotluck and Volunteer (Bring your favorite dish to share.) in Hatfield, MA.
  • Saturday, September 12th, all day: Take Action Against Hunger (National Hunger Action  Month) in Hatfield, MA.
  • October: TBA
  • November: TBA
  • December: TBA

*Family Volunteer Days will be held approximately once a month on various days and times. Participation is free. Families may stay for all or some of the event. Days, times, and themes may be subject to change. Pre-registration is available for each month after the previous month’s Family Volunteer Day has concluded.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

To pre-register online, visit, or contact Molly at or by calling 413-247-9738 x135.

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Pittsfield Tree Watch

Pittsfield Tree Watch meets the 2nd Thursday of every month at the Pittsfield Senior Center, 330 North Street, from 4-5:30 pm. Please come and learn more about what is happening to increase the number of trees in Pittsfield!

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Berkshire Conservation District Meeting

The Berkshire Conservation District holds open public meetings every third Tuesday of the month at 4pm at 78 Center Street, Room 206, Conte Federal Building in 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:

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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 or go to or

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Green Drinks-Great Barrington

*new location* The Prairie Whale, 178 Main Street in GB

The next Great Barrington Green Drinks is Thursday, June 4th from 5:30 on at The Prairie Whale, 178 Main Street in GB

As usual, there will be free copies of the current issue of Orion available for your enjoyment.

GreenDrinks GB happens every first Thursday of the month.

What exactly is Green Drinks? It’s a monthly social event hosted by the folks who create Orion magazine for people like you and I interested in everything from environmental education to local agriculture, the arts, green business & design, and the ways all of these intersect. We usually have up to 50 folks from around the area stop by.
So grab a friend or two and bring them down to share what you’re working on (green or not) and meet others active in the community.And please forward this on to your friends & contacts…the more the merrier.

*new location* The Prairie Whale, 178 Main Street in GB: this is across the street from Orion‘s office, and also across from Rite Aid, if you know these landmarks (renovations at our usual location, Route 7 Grill, are continuing this month). The Prairie Whale is a great new spot in town that offers a great full bar and a wide ranging menu that often features local produce.

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Don’t miss our monthly Green Night information and networking event on the first Wednesday of the Month in the Clarion Hotel, Northampton.



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Springfield, MA Green Drinks

Theodores’ Blues Booze & BBQ in Springfield, Massachusetts

Who We Are 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:

Occurs the 1st Thursday of every Month, 5:30-7:30 at Theodores’ Blues Booze & BBQ in Springfield, Massachusetts

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Pittsfield Green Drinks

– a gathering of people interested in conservation and environmental issues – all welcome – every 3rd Tuesday of the month – graciously hosted by J Allens Clubhouse Grill 41 North St, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Tuesday June 16th
starting at 5:15 pm
sponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)

Hosted by: J Allens Clubhouse Grill, 41 North St, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Please join us starting at 5:15 pm for networking and lively conversation on all things “green”. June’s presenter is Jim Pelletier. Jim will talk about wildlife tracking and show us some videos from his trail cams!

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

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.

For more information about Pittsfield Green Drinks, contact Elia Del Molino at BEAT ( or 413-230-7321).

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Athol Bird & Nature Club Field Trips & Meetings 2014

Unless otherwise noted, programs 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.
Expanded Center hours: Tuesdays 9:30 to 1:30 and 4:30 to 7:30,  Wednesdays 9:30 to 1:30 and Thursdays 4:30 to 7:30Welcome to our new members and thanks to the over 212 supporters who have already joined or renewed their memberships. If you haven’t already renewed your membership you may use the  Online ABNC membership Form or the printable membership form and make check payable to ABNC and mail to us at 100 Main Street Athol Ma 01331

Dating back to the turn of the century, when some progressive bird lovers suggested counting live birds instead of shooting them as part of a Christmas tradition, National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Counts take place all over our hemisphere. Participants identify and count all birds seen, and data is collected at a wrap-up pot-luck at the end of the day.

Helpers at all levels of experience welcome! Contact if you would like to take part on foot, by car, or by counting birds at your birdfeeder.

11 French Drive Boylston, MA

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Berkshire Museum Adventures

About the exhibition

About the Berkshire Museum

Located in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts, at 39 South St., the Berkshire Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $13 adult, $6 child; Museum members and children age 3 and under enjoy free admission. For more information, or call 413.443.7171.

In association with the Smithsonian since 2013, Berkshire Museum is part of a select group of museums, cultural, educational, and arts organizations that share the Smithsonian’s resources with the nation.

Established by Zenas Crane in 1903, Berkshire Museum integrates art, history, and natural science in a wide range of programs and exhibitions that inspire educational connections between the disciplines. Festival of Trees 2014: On Safariis on view through January 4, 2015. Objectify: A Look into the Permanent Collection is currently on view. Little Cinema is open year-round. Spark!Lab, Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation, Worlds in Miniature, Aquarium, and other exhibits are ongoing.

Fridays, 11 a.m. Explore the aquarium plus three more galleries! Each week will feature a different experience: songs, stories, scavenger hunts, play time, and more. Program geared towards children 18 months to 3 years. Older and younger siblings are always welcome! Free with Museum admission.
Chow Time

Saturdays, 12:30 p.m. Join our staff in the aquarium for an interactive look at what it takes to feed some of Berkshire Museum’s most interesting residents. With your help we’ll prepare some heaping salads for some of our largest reptiles as we discuss what the aquarium animals eat here in the Museum and what they would find in the wild. Free with Museum admission.

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350 Berkshire Node: Monthly Meeting

350MA Berkshire Node Meetings Take Place on The Third Wednesday of Every Month

Our next monthly 350MA Berkshires meeting is Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at the UU Church, 175 Wendell Ave. in Pittsfield!  Potluck refreshments at 5:30pm, meeting from 6-8pm.  At the meeting, Chris Kilfoyle of Berkshire Photovoltaics will present ways to spur solar energy in Massachusetts through policy. The presentation will be followed by a letter-writing action to urge our state legislators to support policies promoting solar and energy efficiency and reducing natural gas leaks. Every month our meetings offer an opportunity for Berkshire residents to get involved with the growing climate change movement.

Meeting Agenda
-Welcome & Introductions
-Updates on 350Mass campaigns
-Latest on comprehensive energy policy actions particularly on solar  – Chris Kilfoyle
-Take Action: opportunity to make your voice heard to elected leaders
-breakout groups:
-renewables letter writing
-july 4th parade planning
-anti-pipeline coordination
-Closing & FeedbackExtra Hands, Heads, and Hearts Needed!
-Pittsfield 3rd Thursdays  – need volunteers for 6/18 and future months.
-Pittsfield July 4th parade – more details at the meeting
-Coordination Team – A few members of the 350MA Coordination team have stepped back because of things calling them elsewhere. If you would like to join Al, Judy, Cheryl, Gary, Stu, Natalie, Michael, and me in helping to keep 350MA Berkshires going forward. Let us know.


As always catch us around the web:

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BNRC Hikes

Go On Your Own!
Not everyone likes hiking with a group. If you want to go on your own, visit South Yokun Ridge!

For more information, click on the name of the hike, go to, or email

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