Calendar of events

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

Twilight Paddle in the Almost Full Moon

Thursday, August 27: Twilight Paddle in the Almost Full Moon:  Paddle along the shoreline of Dyken Pond and watch the almost full moon come up. Bring your own boat or rent one of ours. $10 boat rental fee. For ages 16 and older. Pre-registration is required and program is limited to 12 boats. 7pm. To pre-register or contact the Center at: 518 658-2055 or For more  information about the Center, please visit our website

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Japanese Stiltgrass Removal Work Day

Saturday, August 29, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Mt. Everett State Reservation, Mt. Washington, MA
Japanese Stilt Grass invades ecosystems, crowding-out native plants and smothering the forest floor. We are at the edge of its expanding range, and with your help we can hold it back! Please join us for a satisfying work day of pulling this grass from the roadside in beautiful Mt. Everett State Reservation.
What to Bring: We recommend you wear boots, long pants and bring a long-sleeved shirt with you. Bring Water bottle, Sunscreen, Bugspray, Poncho/raincoat depending upon the weather, Lunch. We will provide extra water, snacks, and work gloves.
Directions from Route 7: On Rt. 7 in Great Barrington, turn onto Rt. 23 west. Drive 4.9 miles to South Egremont. Turn left onto Rt. 41 south, then take     immediate right onto Mount Washington Road.    Continue for 7.4 miles (becomes East St.). Turn left onto Mount Everett Rd and drive 1 mile to park at end of road.
Contact: Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Dan Hale at or (413) 478-1840.
All are welcome! If possible, RSVP by August 27th

Pipeline Procession by Children of Wild

August 29th

“This summer the theater ensemble Children of the Wild and PLAN-NE (Pipeline Awareness Network for the Northeast) invite you to take part in a journey through the Wastelands of our own grief, darkness, and despair into the Wilds of imagination, hope, and sufficiency that lie within. United in story and song, audience and performers will hike from a designated location to a site directly in the proposed market path of the Kinder Morgan NED Pipeline to experience a shared world of ecological and poetic understanding.
Bring hiking boots. Rain or shine.” READ MORE.Deerfield — Saturday, August 296-8pm(Woolman Hill Retreat Center, 107 Keets Road) Documentary shorts of the processions will be viewable on their website, the first one coming out this Saturday, August 8th.

Soil Testing

August 29th There will also be soil testing and answering gardening questions at the Lanesboro Mall on August 29th 9-12.  Information on how to take a soil sample may be found on line at  There is a charge of $1.00 for soil testing per sample.  Western Massachusetts Master Gardeners’ Association sponsors the soil testing.

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Trail Work Tuesday

Tue, Sep 01, 2015 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Location:        Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 472 W Mountain Rd,  Lenox MA 01240 Audience:        Adult Members & Nonmembers:     Free We need your help! Please join us for a morning of trail work and other volunteer projects at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. We will focus on clearing trails and tackling other volunteer projects as needed. No experience necessary, just a willingness to work hard and ability to hike on uneven terrain. Instructions and Directions:   Please bring a refillable a water bottle and wear long pants, and sturdy boots or shoes. Registration is required.Register online or call 413-637-0320 to register by phone.

Finding Fringed Gentian and other Late Season Wildflowers

Saturday   August 29th   9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Ware River Watershed, Barre Although widespread and stable in Massachusetts, Fringed Gentian (Gentianopsis crinita) is not often encountered on forays in our area. Join us for short “bushwhack” where we should encounter a good number of this beautiful species in bloom. We’ll look for other late-blooming field and woodland species and of course enjoy the various critters we may encounter. We’ll be walking through some tall forbs and partly-shrubby for a short distance, so dress accordingly.  Bring insect repellent, field guides, and cameras if you wish. Meet at the Stephen Drawbridge memorial marker on Coldbrook Rd., about a mile beyond the Barre Falls Dam picnic area.Contact:

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Full Moon Campfire Ghost Stories

August 29th Join Park interpreter Mike for an evening of spooky ghost stories as we celebrate the mysteries of Mount Greylock with the Full “Sturgeon” Moon. Hear compelling tales and spine-tingling legends about the forgotten characters and creatures that once inhabited these savage hills. Beware of ghostly visitors like “Old Coot” and the Windingo! Folks are encouraged to share stories of their own and suspend all disbelief. Meet at the Visitors Center. Rain or shine event. This program is FREE for all ages. Children under 18 must be accompanies by an adult. For more information Call (413) 499-4262.

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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)
  • 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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Evening with Nighthawks

Tue, Sep 01 & Wed, Sep 02, 2015 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm Location:        Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA 01201 Instructor:      Jonathan Pierce – Sanctuary Caretaker and Vice President of Hoffman Bird Club Audience:        Adult Members & Nonmembers:     Free Join Pleasant Valley’s caretaker for an evening searching the sky for migrating common nighthawks. Watch these aerial acrobats as they catch insects on the wing. Preregistration is not required. Bring binoculars, a lawn chair and a friend. Instructions and Directions:   Suggested donation, $5. Free for community garden members Registration not required. For your own security, DO NOT send credit card information via email. For more information, contact:

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
472 W Mountain RdLenox, MA 01240

Bird Walk at Pleasant Valley

Wed, Sep 02, 2015 8:00 am – 10:00 am Location:       Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 472 /W Mountain Rd  Lenox, MA Audience:   Adult Members:   Free for members          Nonmembers:      $3.00 Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices. Join 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. Instructions and Directions:   Preregistration is not required. Bring binoculars or please call ahead to reserve a pair.413-637-0320

Registration not required. For more information, contact: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
472 /W Mountain RdLenox, MA 01240

Bird Walk at Canoe Meadows

Friday, Sep 04, 2015 8:00 am – 10:00 am Location:   Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA Instructor:  Noreen Mole – Sanctuary Volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club leader Audience:   Adult Members:   Free for members          Nonmembers:      $3.00 Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices. 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. Preregistration is not required. Instructions and Directions:   Bring binoculars; beginners welcome.Registration not required. For more information, contact:

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
472 W Mountain RdLenox, MA 01240

ABNC Monthly Meeting

Wednesday September 9, ABNC Monthly Meeting 7:00 PM Dr. Rob Gegear Crowdsourcing the causes and consequences of bumblebee decline. Rob will discuss bumblebee ecology and behavior and focus on the issue of bumblebee decline. Will also learn to recognize bumblebees their lifecycle, and information on some citizen science research opportunities. Robert J. Gegear, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Biotechnology Worcester Polytechnic Institute Unless otherwise noted, programs are free and open to all meet at the Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main Street, Athol.If weather is questionable on a field trip day, please call the trip leader at least an hour before the scheduled meeting time

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Evening at Beaver Ponds

Wed, September 09, 2015 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Location:

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary,
372 W 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 $4.00Nonmembers 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 80 years after their reintroduction. Instructions and Directions:   Wear long pants, a shirt with long sleeves, and a hat. Bring binoculars if you have them.

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Hilltown Families: Family Volunteer Day

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

  • 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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WRLF announces Oktoberfest Fall Fundraiser

On Saturday evening September 12th beginning at 5 PM Sheep Hill will be alive with the sounds of the Jolly Kopperschmidts German band as the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation celebrates Oktoberfest at its largest fundraiser of the year.  In addition to musical entertainment the evening will feature brats, beer and other German fare, and a silent auction of unique items.  The event will be held at the WRLF’s Sheep Hill headquarters on Route 7, Williamstown. The Jolly Kopperschmidts are a 6-piece professional Bavarian Orchestra featuring a trombone, flutes, trumpets, accordion, drums and a tuba.  Their authentic Bavarian-style music is certain to make you sing, dance and feel a part of the Oktoberfest festival.  The Boston Globe calls them “The most versatile and entertaining German Band in the Northeast!” The silent auction features something for everyone, from dinners at some of our fabulous local restaurants to Williamstown Theater festival tickets, vacation stays, fine artisan crafts and unique services. Preview the auction Friday September 11 from 5:30 to 7:30. To view a list of items after September 1. Oktoberfest ticket prices are $45 for WRLF members, non-members $55 each, which includes dinner, beer and wine, (cash bar for spirits) and music.  For more information or to reserve tickets, call 458-2494 or email The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is a non-profit member-supported land conservation trust dedicated to preserving the New England character of Williamstown and surrounding areas.  WRLF properties such as Sheep Hill, Pine Cobble and Fitch Woodlands are open to the public for hiking, nature study and enjoyment of nature year round. Website:

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Introduction to Ferns

Saturday September 12, 9:30 am to Noon “Introduction to local Ferns” Join Randy Stone retired DCR Forester for a brief introduction to fern identification at MREC before heading out for a walk in North Quabbin to ID ferns in the field. Info: Dave Small, 978-413-1772 or

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Constitution Hill Hike

Sun, September 13, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Co-sponsored by the Berkshire Natural Resources Council (BNRC) Join local historian Mike Whalen for a fun, family-oriented community hike atop historic Constitution Hill in Lanesborough, MA.
This special commemorative event will be held in conjunction with Lanesborough’s year-long 250th anniversary celebration. This event will offer the option of a shorter 45-minute walk up to the famous Constitution Oak for those with younger children–or the complete 90-minute 1.6-mile loop hike along the designated trail. Meet at the property kiosk at the end of Bridge Street.
Immediately following the hike, there will be an ice cream social held at Belanger Park. This is free of charge and open to the public.
Directions: From the center of Lanesborough (Route 7 at Town Hall) take Bridge Street west 1.0-mile to the end of the road (street becomes gravel at top of hill). Parking is located at bend in the road near the red BNRC sign and at the property kiosk at the top of road. Due to limited parking here, alternate parking with car-pooling option will be available behind Pat’s Gun Shop on Bridge Street.

Native Plant Symposium

Saturday, September 19th 9am-5pm

Project Native is partnering with our friends at The Rhode Island Wild Plant Society to offer the 2015 Native Plant Symposium!  We invite nursery and landscape industry professionals, landscape architects, ecologists, land managers, and plant enthusiasts to attend a day-long conference: Growing Awareness: planting biodiverse + resilient landscapes on Saturday, September 19th, 2015 at Brown University in Providence.
  • Learn the importance of collecting, saving, and propagating genetically diverse local seed to create biodiverse and resilient landscapes.
  • Using native plant communities as a model, explore the intersection of ecology and traditional horticulture with design examples from late 19c practitioners to today.
  • Discover techniques to help your landscape expand and thrive using existing plant material as the source.
  • Hear regional panelists share the rewards, and respond to the challenges, of propagating locally native plants for conservation and design.
  • Consider native plants from a new perspective.

Register today at

Saturday, September 19th | Conference Fee: $100.00 (includes continental breakfast, buffet lunch, + closing reception)
Sunday, September 20th | Field Session Fee: $30.00 (space is limited)

Free Bike Safety and Repair Program on the Ashiwillticook Rail Trail

September 20th, 2015; 11:00 am — 1:00 pm at the end of the Ashuwillticook Bike Trail next to the Adams Visitor Center (3 Hoosac Street, Adams MA)

Ever wanted to know how to fix a flat tire on your bike?
What are three easy steps you can take to make sure you and your bike are much safer?
In honor of car free week and the clean air challenge, come for a de-tailed demonstration of all this and more.Topics covered include: gears
brakes riding in the rain
safety equipment
The program is free and for all ages.
Meet at the end of the Ashuwillticook Bike Trail next to theAdams Visitor Center (3 Hoosac Street, Adams Ma)
Bring water, sun screen, a helmet, and your bike. Reasonable accommodations available upon request. For more informa- tion, or in case of inclement weather, call Jude at 413-499- 4262. or email
RAIN DATE September 27th
All children must be accompanied by an adult

Early Birding with Jeff

Sunday, September 6, 7:30 a.m.                   “Early Bird” Birding with JeffSunday’s through October 7, plus October 18th and 25th Join Jeff here at the Center before heading out to explore the North Quabbin area for fall migrant birds. Come for as long as your schedule allows. Severe weather cancels. Info: Jeff Johnstone, 978-249-9052.

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Green Careers Conference


October 1, 2015  |  Marlborough Holiday
christin walth Presenters
exh au Exhibitors
debra shepard Coaches
zero waste Book Raffle
green event a Green Event
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agenda pic Program

6 Coaches, 16 Sessions, 20 Exhibitors, 40 Presenters reg now

$60 before August 26 $75 after August 26 $50 Job Seekers $45 Students Groups (5 or more) use code GROUP for $5 discount

Activities at Herbert Arboretum

At Springside Park, 874 North Street (RT 7) Pittsfield, MA 01201 ~ Join Friends of the Arboretum for a meaningful stroll on one of our Nature Walks through Springside Park. And join us for our work parties where you can receive hands-on instruction in gardening and the care of trees and shrubs, as well as receive free trees and plants to take home. Sept 12, Saturday, 1 PM – Nature WalkSept 19, Saturday, 11 AM – Garden & Tree Care Work PartyOct 3, Saturday, 11 AM – Garden & Tree Care Work PartyOct 10, Saturday, 1 PM – Nature Walk Join us for a tour of the splendid colors of Autumn. If you love Springside Park we invite you to join us, The Vincent J. Hebert Arboretum at Springside Park for our General Meeting. We’d like to hear from you and how you might like to participate in caring for this Jewel in the Heart of the Berkshires. For Information: Elizabeth Kulas at 413-443-5348 In cooperation with The City of Pittsfield Parks Commission, Department of Community Development/Long Range Park Planning and Springside Park Conservancy, Inc.

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ABNC Monthly Meeting

>><< Wednesday October 14, ABNC Monthly Meeting 7:00 PM “Deer, Forests and People: Understanding and Managing Socioecological Systems” “Wildlife comebacks in the last half century are to be celebrated.  But, there have been unintended negative consequences.  Deer populations, in particular, have risen to unprecedented levels in many areas, causing all kinds of problems.  This presentation will explore the deer overabundance issue and its many challenges.  We no longer manage wildlife, but rather, “socioecological  systems.” Tom Rawinski Botanist US Forest Service Durham Field Office.

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Berkshire Fermentation Festival

October 17th Berkshire Ferments invites you to the first ever, Berkshire Fermentation Festival on October 17th from 10-4pm at the Great Barrington Fairgrounds! There will be cultured food vendors sampling and selling their products, workshops, DIY demos, lectures, music and more! This is a free, family-friendly event, and we hope that people will spend the day tasting, learning and supporting local businesses. We are excited to connect local fermentation educators and businesses with food enthusiasts in a day of education and empowerment! Come participate in workshops and lectures, meet local fermenters, check out what our fermentation vendors have to offer, and participate in the social ferment. Berkshire Ferments is a collective of fermentation enthusiasts and community builders. We are here to help our community reclaim important and ancient food traditions through educating and celebrating the world of fermented foods. We bring together Berkshire foodies, fermentation enthusiasts, bacteria farmers, & fans of lactic acid while educating and reclaiming traditional food practices. We hold potlucks, gatherings, workshops and more all circulating around the idea of education of cultured foods. Are you interested in participating? We are looking for vendors, presenters, sponsors, and volunteers! Contact us to get involved.

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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! return to top

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: return to top

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 return to top

Green Drinks-Great Barrington

*new location* 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, Massachusettsreturn to top

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 01201Tuesday August 18thstarting at 5:15 pmsponsored 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”. August’s presenter is BEAT’s and No Fracked Gas in Mass’ very own Rosemary Wessel. Rose will talk about No Fracked Gas in Mass and the ongoing pipeline battle.  

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). return to top

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 http://www.towerhillbg.orgreturn to top

Berkshire Museum Adventures

About the exhibitionAbout 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. return to to

350 Berkshire Node: Monthly Meeting

Please join 350Mass Berkshire Node for our monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at the UU Church, 175 Wendell Ave. in Pittsfield. Potluck refreshments at 5:30pm, meeting from 6-8pm.  At the meeting, you will participate in a legislative action around the fact that the MA Dept. of Public Utilities has denied citizen groups and their legal representatives intervenor status in regard to the proposed Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline. Denying citizens and their lawyers the opportunity to seek documents and submit testimonies on our behalf infringes on our rights and reduces our likelihood of stopping the pipeline. Learn more here. We will also hear an update on the pipeline opposition campaign. Every month our meetings offer an opportunity for Berkshire residents to get involved with the growing climate change movement. For additional information, please visit our website:

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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 return to top


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