Calendar of events

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

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 news@thebeatnews.org

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Dyken Pond Center Events

SOLA

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 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

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.

Contact Information:
Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center
475 Dyken Pond Road
Cropseyville NY, 12052

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Weeding Wednesdays @ Springside Park
Volunteers needed!

2nd & 4th WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH
6:30 —8:00pm
NEXT SESSIONS: July 27th and August 10th

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:

Lois Melican, President
The American Chestnut Foundation MA/RI

PASSAGE… A Physical Theater Comedy that explores Climate Change

July 27-July 30 @ 8:00 pm
July 31 @ 3:00 pm
(July 31, Artist Talkback)
Shire City Sanctuary, 40 Melville St, Pittsfield, MA 01201

For the past year, Kickwheel Ensemble Theater has been developing PASSAGE, a brand new physical theater comedy that explores the catastrophic history and politics of the melting Northwest Passage.

Bazaar Productions is proud to announce that this summer, we will be premiering PASSAGE right here in the Berkshires with a limited run of performances at Shire City Sanctuary in Pittsfield.

PASSAGE is a satirical “climate change romance” that links past, present, and future. There are sea otters on Razor scooters, a TED Talk given by an ill fated naval commander, several appearances by a prestigious self-help guru and lots of trudging. It’s a play about human connections and finding what is lost.

As a company, we are fascinated with the Northwest Passage because it features so many stories that display what makes us outrageously and distinctly human. History is messy. Politics are complicated. Climate change affects everyone, but the conversation around the topic is so dense, humorless and rife with doom that it inspires people to do…absolutely nothing. We want to change that!

https://bazaarproductions.org/show/passage

 

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SUMMER EVENTS at Mt. Greylock

Please CLICK HERE for the July events calendar.

Boreal Summit Tour
Next event: TBA
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, which includes the fragrant Balsam Fir and Mountain Ash along with bird species such as Black-poll Warbler and White-throated Sparrow. Estimated tour duration 30 minutes. ($5 / $6 parking fee applies).

Discover Greylock Hike
Mondays, 7/25
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Meet at Visitor Center
Come and explore many of the exciting and hidden features of Mount Greylock with Park Interpreter Mike. These moderate to strenuous hikes to Old Growth Forests, Waterfalls, and cultural sites, will incorporate outdoor skills, environmental stewardship and bear awareness information. Be prepared for the weather, wear sturdy footwear, bring a lunch, bug spray and drinking water.

Family Friendly Hikes
Fridays, 7/22

1:30 pm
Meet at the Visitors Center
Explore the beauty of Mt. Greylock in this series of easy paced guided hikes. Suitable for families with children able to walk one to three miles on an easy to moderate trail. Be prepared for weather, wear sturdy shoes, bring a snack, bug spray, sunscreen and drinking water. Open to all ages. Program duration approx. 90 minutes. Location varies. Rain cancels. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Firefly Frolic
Next event: TBA
Meet at the Visitor Center Lobby
Come experience the most magical light of the summer! We will play a game to learn about fireflies, then stake a short walk in the lower fields to safely capture and release these magical flowing creatures. This event is designed to help inspire children to respect nature and adopt caring behavior when interacting with the smallest living resources. Open to all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration is required at https://www.evenbright .com/e/firefly-frolic-tickets-26105498248?aff=eac2. For more information call (413) 499-4262.

Fun and Nature
Fridays, July 29
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.

Happy Hiking Days are Here Again!
Next event: TBA
Meet at Bascom Lodge
Join local author Lauren R. Stevens, who as in the introduction to his book Fifty Hikes in the Berkshire Hills, just released by Coun-tryman Press/W.W. Norton & Co. Lauren will talk about the making of the book and describe some of his favorites places to walk. He will stress Berkshire’s extraordinary availability of well-groomed trails open to the public and entice you to try out ones that are entirely new to you. Meet at Bascom Lodge on the summit.

Junior Rangers Four-Week Series
Thursdays, July 14 – August 4
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Meet at the Visitors Center
For boys and girls ages 8 to 12 years old. Junior Rangers program is a fun way for children to get acquainted with the state parks and outdoor recreation skills, while discovering the natural and cultural resources of the region. Led by DCR Park Interpreters Mike Whalen and Meshell Bordeleau. Pre-registration is required for this four session series. Children who attend all sessions (or complete the workbook) will receive a Junior Ranger patch and certificate. Parents or guardians are required to attend the Junior Ranger sessions and the graduation ceremony party. For more info call the Visitor Center at (413) 499-4262.

Little Explorers Story Walk
11:00 am
Wednesdays, 7/27
For families with young children. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Go for a short hike, listen to a story, experi-ence a Storywalk, play a nature learning game or craft. Led by Park Interpreters Jude or Meshell with examples from DCR’s Kid-leidescope and Growing Up Wild early childhood curriculum. Weather appropriate clothing, bring a snack and water.

Moby Dick Hike
Next event: TBA

Meet at the Visitor Center
Hiking to the summit? Why not take the longest route possible? Traverse three forestscapes, a swamp, and seven vistas on four trails, with an experienced guide. This is a long, approximately 8 hour hike, involving 1831 feet of elevation gain. Wear appropriate footwear and bring water and a snack. Meet at the Visitor Center at 9 am. Rain does NOT cancel (Rain wouldn’t have stopped Ahab).

Nice & Easy Hikes
11:00 am
Tuesdays, 7/26

Easy-paced, one to 2 & 1/2 hour, one to 3 mile walks geared especially for seniors, but open to all ages. Various hikes including a butterfly walk; tree and wildflower identification; bird viewing or “philosophy in the woods” hike. Be prepared for the weather, wear sturdy footwear, bring a light snack, bug spray, sunscreen and drinking water. Location varies. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Pocket Summit Tour
Sundays, TBA
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).

Pre-Breakfast Hike
Next date: TBA
7:00 am

Bascom Lodge, Summit
Begin the day in a powerful way – meet at Bascom Lodge at the Summit.

Thoreau Hike
Next event: TBA
Hike the historic route of American naturalist and writer, Henry David Thoreau to the summit of Mount Greylock. 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. (See more detailed description under Thoreau Hike Special Event listed separately HERE in the BEAT Calendar.)

Waterfall Wonders
Next date: TBA
Do you love waterfalls? Mount Greylock has some beautiful Falls throughout the park. Join us as we take a closer look in this series of hikes led by Park Interpreter Meshell. Be prepared for some steep and slippery hiking, wear sturdy footwear and weather appropriate clothing. Bring a snack, bug spray, sunscreen and water. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at Visitor Center and drive to location. Rain cancels. For more information call (413) 499-4262.

AUGUST EVENTS:

Bear Aware Walking Sticks!
Sunday, August 24th
1:30pm – 3:30pm
Meet at the Visitor Center
Come create your own Bear Aware Walking Stick! Bring your own walking stick or take a short hike to find a stick suitable for hiking. We will decorate the walking sticks with beads, feathers and bells so animals will hear you coming along the path. This is a great idea when walking in bear country! Materials will be provided to personalize your own Bear Aware walking stick. Real bear artifacts such as real footprints, claws and skull bones, as well as bear awareness information, will be available. Open to all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Visitor Center. For more information call (413) 499-4262.

Mt. Greylock Visitor’s Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA 01237

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Bird Walks at Pleasant Valley

Sponsored by Berkshire Sanctuaries
New dates TBA
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Rd, Lenox
Instructor: Jonathan Pierce – Pleasant Valley Caretaker and Hoffman Bird Club Leader
Audience: Adult
Members & Nonmembers: Free
Join avid birder and Pleasant Valley’s caretaker on a weekly bird walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands observing changes in bird species. Beginners and advanced birders will enjoy this walk. Participants can also enjoy free freshly roasted coffee thanks to the generosity of Barrington Coffee Roasters! Please bring your own travel mug.

The free Wednesday Bird Walks at Pleasant Valley are funded in part thanks to the generosity of the Lenox Cultural Council and CompuWorks.

Registration not required.

berkshires@massaudubon.com, (413) 637-0320, massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley

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Canoe Trip to Upper and Lower Goose Ponds

Next event TBA
Location: Upper and Lower Goose Ponds
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.
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: Directions to the meeting place in Lee will be provided upon registration. Children must be at least 10 years of age, accompanied by an adult, and must know how to swim. 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. Register by mail: program registration form (PDF 66K). For your own security, DO NOT send credit card information via email.
For more information, contact:

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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
Audience: Adult
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, 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)
elia@thebeatnews.org
​413-429-6416

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

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Great Barrington GREEN DRINKS

NO GREEN DRINKS FOR AUGUST!
We will return in September.
(first Thursday of every month)
5:30
 p.m.

The Prairie Whale, 178 Main Street, Great Barrington
THIS MONTH: TBA
What’s Green Drinks?  It’s a free monthly social event for people like you and I interested in everything from environmental education to local agriculture, the arts, activism, green business & design, and the ways all of these intersect.

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

Please forward this on to your friends & contacts…the more the merrier.

See you there!

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Pittsfield Tree Watch Monthly Meeting

Thursday, August 11
(2nd Thursday of every month)
4:00-5:30 pm
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, August 9
(2nd Tuesday of the month rain or shine)
5:00-6:30pm

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!

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Evening with Birds and Bats

Wed, Jul 20, 2016
Wed, Aug 3, 2016
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox
Instructor: Sanctuary Staff
Audience: All (suitable for children 3 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00
Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00. Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.
Enjoy an evening in the valley listening and watching for birds and bats above and around the Pleasant Valley.  Learn about the natural history of insect-eating predators that hunt during the twilight hours.
Instructions and Directions: Open to families with children ages 3 and up.Long pants, long sleeve shirts, and hats recommended. Bring binoculars if you have them.
Registration is required.
Register online or call 413-637-0320 to register by phone.
Register by mail: program registration form (PDF 66K)
For your own security, DO NOT send credit card information via email.
For more information, contact:

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Canoe Trips along the Housatonic River

Sponsored by Berkshire Sanctuaries
Sat, Jul 23, 2016 and Sat, Aug 6, 2016
8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Location: 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.
Search 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. Learn about the natural history of this waterway that serves as the heart of the Berkshires.
Instructions and Directions: Directions to the meeting places 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.
Register by mail: program registration form (PDF 66K)
For your own security, DO NOT send credit card information via email.
For more information, contact:
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Lenox, MA 01240
berkshires@massaudubon.org

Lime Kiln Farm Sanctuary through the Seasons Series-Butterflies & Dragonflies of the Pond & Meadows

Sponsored by Berkshire Sanctuaries
Sun, Aug 07, 2016
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Location: Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary
Audience: All (suitable for children 0 – 18 years)
Members & Nonmembers: Free

Lime Kiln Farm has a variety of habitats, from recovering farm fields and forested ridges to swamps and abandoned lime quarries. We’ll explore these natural communities through the seasons, getting to know the interesting flora and fauna of this beautiful sanctuary in the southern Berkshires.

This program is free as part of our “Lime Kiln Through the Seasons,” series which is generously funded by Alford-Egremont, Great Barrington, Monterey, Mt. Washington, New Marlborough, and Sheffield Cultural Council grants.

Instructions and Directions: Bring your favorite field guide and binoculars. Wear sturdy shoes and bring insect repellent. Directions: From the center of Sheffield (at the post office), drive an additional 1.1 miles on Rt. 7, turning right at Silver Street. Follow Silver street for 1.1 miles to the sanctuary entrance on the right. Free for all.

Registration is required.
Register online or call 413-637-0320 to register by phone.
Register by mail: program registration form (PDF 66K)
For your own security, DO NOT send credit card information via email.
For more information, contact:
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Lenox, MA 01240
berkshires@massaudubon.org

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THOREAU HIKE TO MOUNT GREYLOCK SUMMIT

Next event: TBA
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 TBA. 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.

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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 adixon@hvatoday.org

Thank you for considering volunteering again this year!

Alison (HVA) and Jane (BEAT)

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Berkshire Conservation District Meeting

Tuesday, August 9
4:30 pm
Silvio O. Conte Federal Building, 78 Center Street, Room 206, Pittsfield

Please take note that Berkshire Conservation District is now meeting every second Tuesday of the month. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, April 12th at 4:30pm at our office in Pittsfield. Agendas are posted the week prior at http://www.berkshireconservation.blogspot.com/

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.

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Northern Berkshire Green Drinks

 
Thursday, August 4 at 5:30 pm
(First Thursday of each month)
The Log, 78 Spring Street, Williamstown
(in the Log’s Black Room – the room with blue couches and fire place)
As usual, a lively discussion will follow. Please bring along an interested comrade. All are welcome.
Cheers, Sarah

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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

Please make your lunch reservation at: http://goo.gl/forms/n4cWGDQoEn or email dlewis@williams.edu. (The first 100 to reserve will have a seat at the table!)  Vegetarian lunch is $4.

​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.

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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 heidi@clctrust.org or go to www.clctrust.org or www.Greendrinks.org.

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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

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350Mass Berkshire Node: Monthly Meeting

Please join 350Mass Berkshire Node for our monthly meeting!

Wednesday, July 20th
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: Amber Hewett (Regional Campaign Coordinator, National Wildlife Federation) will present on offshore wind in Massachusetts. Amber will present on NWF’s focus on offshore wind, including the legislative work that helped to get the Senate version’s of the state’s omnibus energy bill to commit to 2,000 MW of offshore wind. She will discuss how and why a national wildlife organization chose to become a leader on offshore wind and most importantly will focus on what we can do to ensure that the strongest possible offshore wind commitment makes its way into the final version of the bill.

The group will also discuss the Mill St. dam in Pittsfield, which has been slated for removal. Participants will discuss arguments in favor of keeping the dam and using it for hydrpower, as well as arguments in favor of removing this particular dam while favoring appropriate small hydro that ensures wildlife does not pay the price for our thirst for energy. Additional details can be found in this folder.

Looking forward to seeing you there!!

As always catch us around the web:

 


Evenings at the Beaver Ponds

Sponsored by Berkshire Sanctuaries
Wednesday, July 27th – 7:00-8:30pm
Wednesday, August 10th – 6:30-8:00pm
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Rd, Lenox
Instructor:Florian “Butch” Ptak – Sanctuary Volunteer
Audience: All (suitable for children 3 – 12 years)
Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00
Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.
Enjoy an evening in the valley visiting the beaver ponds.  Search for beavers and other kinds of wildlife that are attracted by the series of ponds that the beavers have created.  Learn about the natural history of beavers and how they continue to change our landscape more than 80 years after their reintroduction.
Registration not required.

Canoe Trip to Buckley-Dunton Lake

Sponsored by Berkshire Sanctuaries
Sat, Jul 30, 2016
8:30 am – 11:30 am

Location: Buckley Dunton Lake, Becket
Instructor: Sanctuary Staff
Audience: All (suitable for children 10 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $20.00, Child $20.00
Nonmembers: Adult $30.00, Child $30.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.Beavers and herons are frequently active along the shore of this large, secluded pond in October Mountain State Forest. Explore the coves and inlets of this beautiful lake, go ashore to eat a snack, visit boreal plant communities, and search for signs of animals such as porcupines and moose.Instructions and Directions: Directions to the meeting places 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.
Register by mail: program registration form (PDF 66K)
For your own security, DO NOT send credit card information via email.
For more information, contact:
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Lenox, MA 01240
berkshires@massaudubon.org

Pittsfield Green Drinks

Sponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)

Tuesday, August 16 at 5:15pm
J. Allens, 41 North Street, Pittsfield

For August, Mike Leavitt from Berkshire Natural Resource Council will give us an update on BNRC’s activities!

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

Green Drinks in Pittsfield is sponsored by the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT).
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 (elia@thebeatnews.org or 413-230-7321).

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 TOUR A WIND TURBINE & SOLAR ARRAY – FOR FREE!

Sunday, July 31
9:30 am to 1:00 pm

Berkshire East Mountain Resort in Charlemont, MA
RSVP by July 15th: Tickets & more info available at http://berkeast6.eventbrite.com

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.

Sincerely,

Anna Vanderspek
Green Power Program Associate

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 Bird Walks at Canoe Meadows

Sponsored by Berkshire Sanctuaries
TBA
Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Holmes Rd, Pittsfield
Instructors: Noreen Mole – Sanctuary Volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club leader; Jonathan Pierce – Pleasant Valley Caretaker and Hoffman Bird Club Leader
Audience: Adult
Members & Nonmembers:  Free
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.

 


Westside Community Day in Pittsfield

Saturday, August 6
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
11:30 am Barbecue begins

The Christian Center, 193 Robbins Ave., Pittsfield

The Christian Center in coordination with CIVITAN will be hosting their annual Westside Community Day and Barbecue. This event is for all ages and is open to the public free of charge, rain or shine from 10am to 3pm.

This will be the kickoff for the Westside Childrens Enrichment program (W’CEP) that we offer each year. There will be Games, Great Food, Bounce Houses and entertainment. In addition to the great food and entertainment, we will be offering service information and give a ways from local service organizations

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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

ABNC Geology Division meeting
Next event: TBA
Millers River Environmental Cente
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Join Paul Kachinski and others in our third 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 uppereustis@yahoo.com for details

Accessible Birding with Joe
Tuesday, August 9, 8:00 – 10:00 am
Meet at the Center 100 Main Street Athol
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.

Accessible Birding with Joe
Tuesday, September 13, 8:00 – 10:00 am
Meet at the entrance to the Town well and treatment plant at the end of South Street Athol
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 entrance to the Town well and treatment plant at the end of South Street Athol.  , 978-248-9491.

Jaguars & Wildcat Conflicts in Panama
Wednesday September 14 7:00 PM MREC
Millers River Environmental Center
JAGUARS & WILDCAT CONFLICTS IN PANAMA: Wildcat conflicts are more common throughout Panama as nature park boundaries and natural areas are encroached upon more and more by the rural poor. Conservacion Panama Inc has proposed a program to assist rural poor and subsistence farmers manage their livestock better so as to prevent wildcat conflicts and unnecessary “takes” or kills of these animals. This program targets communities that have current conflicts with wildcats and injects a heavy dose of livestock management practices and prevention techniques proven throughout Latin America to prevent these conflicts. Come learn about how effective our beta program has proven and how we would like to fund a program expansion. We will bring artwork and Panamanian hands-crafts for purchase to help our fundraising efforts.
You can learn more about this program at: http://www.conservacionpanamaca.org/wildcat-conflict.html

Accessible Birding with Joe
Tuesday, October 11, 8:00 – 10:00 am
Meet at the entrance to the Town well and treatment plant at the end of South Street Athol
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 entrance to the Town well and treatment plant at the end of South Street Athol.  , 978-248-9491.

Accessible Birding with Joe
Tuesday, November 8, 8:00 – 10:00 am
Meet at the Center 100 Main Street Athol
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.

Athol Brid and Nature Club Annual Meeting
Wednesday November 9 Annual dinner meeting
Dinner at 6:00 pm Program 7:00 pm
Liberty Hall at the Athol Town Hall (584 Main St.)

Birding in the Land of Midnight Sun (Iceland)

Iceland abounds in natural splendor: Waterfalls and glaciers, panoramic views
and otherworldly landscapes. It is a land of Northern Lights and midnight sun. And it is
the realm of one of the world’s most charming and iconic birds: the Atlantic Puffin.

But Iceland is home too much more. During the summer months, Iceland’s round the-
clock sunlight draws in a panoply of birds: Razorbills and guillemots, phalaropes and
godwits, plovers and terns, all accompany the puffins in nesting frenzy. Come along with
wildlife photographer and Mass Audubon instructor Shawn Carey as he shares images
and stories from his journey across Iceland, from the island of Flatey, to the bird cliffs of
Latabarg, to the Reykjavik peninsula. Along the way, we’ll meet Black-tailed Godwits,
Arctic Terns, Red-necked Phalaropes, Black Guillemots, and many others. We’ll visit
fjords, mountains, grasslands, and lava fields. And we’ll come face-to-face with Atlantic
Puffins. So join us as we explore the wildlife and wonder of Iceland and discover why
it’s a place no birder should miss.

As usual, we will hold our annual dinner meeting at 6 p.m. in Liberty Hall at the Athol Town Hall (584 Main St.), with the program at 7 p.m.

Reservations are required for the dinner and must be received by Tuesday, November 3.
To reserve,  call  Cindy Hartwell at 978-544-5783,  or email cindyhartwell56@gmail.com.
She will call or email you back with a confirmation of your reservation.
No reservations are necessary for the program. The event will also feature our always popular
tin can auctions; participants are encouraged to bring an item to donate.

“Early Bird” Birding with Jeff
TBA
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

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Pizza, Politics, and Policy

Hosted by the Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM)

This summer ELM will once again host a free educational lunch sessions for environmental and legislative interns! All interested interns from Boston and the surrounding areas are welcome to attend any or all of the lunchtime sessions to eat lunch and hear from experts on the various topics we have scheduled for discussion. Lunch will be provided, and all sessions will run from 12:00pm-1:30pm. Dates and locations are listed below. Please RSVP here if you plan on attending any of the sessions.

Thursday. July 28th: Grassroots Organizing
Location: The Conservation Law Foundation, 62 Summer St., Boston

Wednesday, August 3rd: Government/Legislation
Location: Appalachian Mountain Club, 5 Joy St., Boston

We look forward to seeing you for pizza, politics, and policy! Please feel free to contact Jasmine Opie at jopie@elmaction.org or 508-367-9366 with any questions. Stay connected: Follow ELM on Twitter at @enviroleaguema
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Stop the PCB Dumps Events

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.

#makeGEpay
facebook<dot com>/HousatonicRiverInitiative/

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 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.

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: Completed
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

The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation will be offering additional
programs this summer for children between the ages of 8 and 12:

Survivor Sheep Hill
Monday, July 25 – Thursday, July 28
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Weather permitting, the program will end with a camp out at Sheep Hill Thursday night. Participants ages 9-12 will learn basic wilderness skills such as map reading, shelter building, fire starting, and more. The program will be led by Williams College intern David Folsom, a certified SOLO Wilderness First Responder trained also in CPR and First Aid, and WRLF staff. Enrollment is limited to 10 children.

Junior Field Naturalist Program for children 8-11 years old
Tuesday, August 9th – Friday, August 12
9:00 am – 12 noon

With WRLF summer interpretive naturalist Jessie Rack. Each day will feature exploration of nature with a scientific eye, using a combination of observation and experimentation.  Questions might include: What is in a seed? Does flower color matter to pollinators? How do insects communicate? Jessie just completed her doctoral studies in evolutionary biology at the University of Connecticut and is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable scientist. She will also be leading free informal nature exploration at Sheep Hill on Saturdays throughout the summer.

For information on program cost or to register call 413-458-2494 or visit www.wrlf.org.

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 ruraland@wrlf.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
413-458-2494
ruraland@wrlf.org www.wrlf.org

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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, 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.
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WRLF to celebrate moth week Friday July 22nd at Sheep Hill

Friday, July 22
7:00 pm
Sheep Hill, Cold Spring Road, (Route 7)
(approximately one mile south of the WIlliamstown Rotary)

Join Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation at Sheep Hill on Friday July 22nd at 7pm to celebrate National Moth Week! This is your chance to see New England’s moths up close and personal, with help from entomologist Brigette Zacharczenko. There will be a short presentation, time to set up equipment and learn how scientists conduct research, a short insect walk, and monitoring of the collecting sites as moths fly in. You’ll get a chance to hold, take pictures of, and ask questions about the moths and other nocturnal insects. Please bring a headlamp or flashlight.

All ages are welcome; you can join us for any length of time.

Free and open to the public.

RSVP or questions to interpreter@wrlf.org

The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is a non-profit, member-supported land conservation trust celebrating its 30th year in 2016. Sheep Hill is its headquarters located on Cold Spring Road, (Route 7) approximately one mile south of the WIlliamstown Rotary.  Website is www.wrlf.org


Sandisfield Conservation Commission hearing on Kinder Morgan Proposed Pipeline through Otis State Forest


The next Sandisfield Conservation Commission hearing is on Tuesday, July 19th. Kinder Morgan is on the agenda for 8:45 pm. (So they will not discuss KM before that)  The meeting will be held at Town Hall Annex, 66 Sandisfield Road, Sandisfield, MA. (google map)
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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.

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 volunteer@wildscenicwestfieldriver.org

Find us in the River and on the web:  www.wildscenicwestfieldriver.org

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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.

Wilderness Subsistence Project: An Overnight Survival Adventure in Feeding Yourself Within Community
August 1-10
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.
Lessons from Nature: Integrating Nature Education Into Your Classroom
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.
Song of the Forest: Understanding Bird Language
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.
Women’s Vision Fast
September 18-23

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.
Awakening Wild Naturalist Intensive
One weekend/month, Fall 2016 to Spring 2017

Connection. Challenge. Transformation.
Practice earth skills in an intimate community setting with expert mentors.
Bird Language
Friction Fire
Hide Tanning
Edible Plants
Leatherworking
Basketry
Animal Tracking
Permaculture Principles
Shelter Building.
Register now.
Flying Deer Nature Center, 5 Abode Road, New Lebanon, NY 12125

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Outdoor Adventure & Wilderness Skills!

SUMMER CAMPSstart 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.

Sign up for our monthly ezine!

Contact Frank if you would like to bring Living History Programs to your school and/or library!

Learn while you play Wildcraft! The Herbal Adventure Game!

Earthwork Programs
PO Box 961
Williamsburg, MA 01096
413-340-1161
frank@earthworkprograms.com

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Hardy Kiwi Removal Day at Kennedy Park

Saturday, Sept 10
9:30 am

Join community members at Kennedy Park to hand-pull younger kiwi vines in the area between the West Dugway parking lot and the Arcadian Shop and along the Log Hop trail.
Bring gloves, comfortable shoes, water, and snacks–also, best to dress in a way to discourage ticks.

Questions, please contact:

Gwen M. Miller, AICP | Land Use Director and Town Planner
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

Learn Online
Enjoy the Society’s rich educational programming wherever you are. Too busy to take a class in-person? Register now for one of our three new online courses in native plant botany and design. Seats fill quickly so sign-up today!
Designing with Native Plants
Looking to design a beautiful garden with native plants? Need advice? Access this updated, entirely self-paced, online course when it’s convenient for you. We’ll teach you the basics of designing with native plants and show you how to incorporate them into your garden and landscape.
Open enrollment begins Monday, November 14 and ends Sunday, April 2.
Program Code: HORO100
Fee: $64 (Member) / $80 (Nonmember)
Limit: Unlimited
Certificate: Elective: HD/Adv.HD

Learn more/Register.

 Plants 101: Introduction to the Green World
In this online and field course you will learn what plants are, how they function, and why they are essential to all life on earth.
Course: $100 (Member) / $125 (Nonmember)
Course + Field Trip: $128 (Member) / $160 (Nonmember)
Monday, September 12 to Friday, October 14
Program Code: BOTO101
Limit: 50
Certificate: Elective: FB/Adv.FB
 
Plants 102: Deeper into the Green World
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
Program Code: BOTO102
Limit: 50
Certificate: Elective: FB/Adv.FB
CEU: MCLP

Learn more/Register.