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.
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Dyken Pond Center Events


The Summer Outdoor Learning Adventure is a science and nature day camp held each summer at the Pond. Registration is now open. We do offer scholarships! Visit our website for more information.

6-10 year old sessions: July 18 – July 22 and July 25-July 29
11-13 year old sessions: August 1- August 5 and August 8- August 12

Five Part – Wild Edible Series
All classes: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

May 22, 2016: Late Spring Edibles
July 10, 2016: Summer Edibles
August 27, 2016: Late Summer Edibles
September 24, 2016: Early Autumn Edibles

In this series you will be introduced to the edible foods of the Dyken Pond Natural area and the greater Northeastern US. We’ll cover plant and fungi identification as well as critical knowledge such as where to find these species, ‘look-a-likes’, harvest times, and preparation. This is a hands-on series of classes which will include cooking and eating the foods we gather. These classes will provide you with the age old skills of ‘living off the land’ and self-reliance. ‘Best-practice’ harvest methods will be used to maintain or introduce ecosystem balance and impart a continued respect for our natural world.

Pre-registration is required by contacting the Center. All Wild Edible Classes are taught by Dave Muska and cost $30; $25 for members. Sign up for all in advance and pay $125 ; $115 for members.

Visit our website for more information:
New this year, registration can be done online with Paypal.

Visit our website at: 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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Bureau of Forestry Pre-Harvest Forest Tour
Chester Blandford State Forest – Chester

April 28, 2016
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

DCR Forester Kris Massini will lead a tour of a planned timber sale project in Chester-Blandford State Forest where he will show the prepared timber sale area, discuss forest management techniques, provide a view of the trees designated for harvest, and explain how harvest operations will take place.  A detailed silviculture prescription for the forest management project will be provided to attendees.  This tour culminates a public process that included a public meeting and a written comment period for the project.  This walk is not a bid showing, but all are welcome.

Meet at the pull off at the intersection of Chester Road and Beulah Land Road in the town of Blandford, MA (directions listed below).  This is across the street from a large hay field and cell phone tower.  The tour will be conducted rain or shine.  Attendees are encouraged to dress for the weather and to wear sturdy shoes.  For additional information about the tour and DCR forest management on state forests, parks, and reservations, please contact William Hill, Management Forestry Program Supervisor, at 413-545-3891.

From West (Becket/Chester Line): From Route 20 at Becket/Chester town line take Blandford Road east for 1.6 mile.  At town line of Chester and Blandford continue straight as road name changes to Chester Road for 3.5 miles to intersection with Beulah Land Road.

From East (Blandford Center): From Route 23 in the center of Blandford take North Street west for 1.7 miles.  Continue straight as road name changes to Chester Road for .8 miles to intersection with Beulah Land Road.

Note: There are no other passable roads from Route 20 to the meeting area.  DO NOT follow GPS directions that suggest traveling on Round Hill, Sanderson Brook, Beulah Land or Huntington Roads.
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Info Session and NVDA Training

Thursday, April 28
7:00 to 8:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield; Youth Lounge, second floor

This Thursday in Pittsfield, an info session and non-violent direct action training will be offered, free of charge, in preparation for the upcoming Break Free from Fossil Fuels event on May 14 in Albany, NY. The training will be led by Jay O’Hara of Climate Disobedience, which is working together with the international group and others to hold the event in Albany (and elsewhere around the globe), championing local battles against fossil fuel infrastructure and development. (Note that the Albany event also includes legal protesting—not just CD.)

Trainers from the Break Free from Fossil Fuels northeast organizing team will come to get participants up to speed on the crude-oil-by-rail issue and the centrality of Albany, put this moment of world-wide civil disobedience in context of the climate trajectory coming out of the Paris climate talks, and train on basic non-violence training and legal briefing to prepare interested individuals to take action in Albany, NY on Saturday, May 14, when there will be options to protest legally, participate in a blockade, or join a kayak flotilla.

This event is free and open to the public.  For more information about #BreakFree and to sign up, see

Please RSVP to Natalie Narotzky at

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Spring Wildflower Walk at Field Farm

Sunday, May 1
1:00 pm
Field Farm, 554 Sloan Road, South Williamstown, MA

The Trustees of Reservations invites you to join naturalist Pam Weatherbee at Field Farm in Williamstown onSunday May 1st at 1 PM for an eye-opening spring wildflower walk. Field Farm has some unusual habitats that produce an interesting and beautiful array of woodland wildflowers known as spring ephemerals, which have a very short time to grow, bloom and set seed before the leaves come out and restrict the sunlight reaching the forest floor.   On the two-hour easy walking tour Pam will introduce you to the fascinating flora of the rich woods.   The walk is free and open to the public.  For more information call 413-684-0148 or

Field Farm is a conservation property of more than 300 acres, with extensive meadows and woodlands, 4 miles of easy trails, a beaver pond, and a variety of birds and animals, and is located at 554 Sloan Road, South Williamstown, MA. From Williamstown Center, follow Rt. 7 South towards South Williamstown. At the intersection with Rt. 43, take Rt. 43 West and immediately take a right onto Sloan Rd. Proceed 1 mi. to entrance on right.

For additional information visit

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Climate Advocate Training Session

Sunday, May 1
1:004:00 pm
Columbia Memorial Hospital, Medical Office Building, 71 Prospect Ave, Suite 210, Hudson

Are you looking for a new way to make a difference on climate change? Come learn how Citizens’ Climate Lobby citizens have been changing the dynamic in Washington and moving closer to a solution!

Citizens’ Climate Lobby trains ordinary citizens to become effective at moving legislators. We have been helping Congress break the partisan divide on climate.
Here is a chance to learn how!  Come to our Climate Advocate Training session in Hudson on Sunday, May 1.  The session is free and will teach you about our approach to building political will and affecting change in positive, constructive ways. A mini-lobbying training lesson is included.
Please plan to join us!
Please RSVP so we have enough materials and snacks.
For RSVP and questions, please call 917-282-2395 or email
See you on Sunday!

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April Events at Mt. Greylock

Please CLICK HERE for the April events calendar.

Location for all events below:
Mt. Greylock Visitor’s Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA 01237
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Bird Walks at Canoe Meadows

Sponsored by Berkshire Sanctuaries 
Friday, May 6, 2016    7:00 am – 9:00 am
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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Wildflowers and Spring Changes-Walk, Talk, and Tea

Sponsored by Berkshire Sanctuaries
Sat, May 07, 2016
9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox
Instructor: Linda Cysz – Naturalist
Audience: All (suitable for children 5 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $6.00, Child free
Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child free
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Discover the early signs of spring and wildflowers in the woodlands at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. We will take a leisurely walk and along the way, learn the natural history of the early blossoms and how to identify them. Then we’ll gather for tea and to look up any nature mysteries we discovered along the way. Bring your curiosity and a hand lens if you have one.
Registration is required.

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NEW BEAT Monthly Wildlife Tracking Club!

1st Wednesday and 3rd Saturday
9:00 am – 12:00 noon
In Berkshire County: locations will vary

BEAT is pleased to announce a monthly tracking club. This 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, May 4th – TBA
Saturday, May 21st – TBA
Wednesday, June 1st – TBA
Saturday, June 18th – TBA
Wednesday, July 6th – TBA
Saturday, July 16th – TBA
Wednesday, August 3rd – TBA
Saturday, August 20th – TBA
Shoot me an email with questions or concerns.

Elia Del Molino
Program Manager
Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)

The objectives of this club are threefold:

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

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CET Waste Paint and Oil Collection Day

Saturday, April 30 from 8:30-11:00 AM
Registration Deadline, April 29th

On Saturday, April 30, 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.

CET is a non-profit organization working in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste management and environmental education. CET provides practical solutions that make sense for our community, economy and environment. CET is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and is an equal opportunity employer and service provider.

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April 30th Conservation Groups Celebrate Arbor Day at Shays’ Rebellion Monument

Saturday, April 30
9:00 a.m.
Shays’ Rebellion Monument, Sheffield-Egremont Rd., Sheffield

The Sheffield Tree Project, which recently became part of the Sheffield Land Trust, will celebrate Arbor Day by planting trees near one of Sheffield’s most famous sites—the Shays’ Rebellion Monument on Sheffield-Egremont Rd.

The monument, which is listing to one side, will also be set aright, according to Tom Ingersoll, president of the Tree Project. Representatives of the National Park Service and the Sheffield Historical Commission will be present to mark the event on April 30, he said. Both of these organizations granted permission for the restoration of the monument, which is on federal land, and the National Park Service authorized the tree planting.

Also on hand to greet Arbor Day will be representatives of the Sheffield Land Trust, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and the Appalachian Mountain Club. The Appalachian Trail crosses Sheffield-Egremont Rd. near the Shays marker, and the Trail Conservancy’s Hubbard Brook kiosk is across the road.

Members of the Tree Project will be there to plant six trees, four at the monument and two at the trail kiosk. Volunteers from the public are encouraged to participate as well.

The Tree Project usually plants trees along streets or in other public places around Sheffield to commemorate Arbor Day, Ingersoll said. “But it’s nice when we have an opportunity to plant in a place that is not only really public, but also where we might be able to plant multiple trees in one location. The Shays’ Rebellion monument and the Trail Conservancy kiosk have always been in our sights.”

Ingersoll noted that the area of the Appalachian Trail near the monument is much less forested than it was a few centuries ago. By the time the Shays’ Rebellion monument was erected in the early 20th century, “the land had been cleared for miles around,” he noted. “So it’s going in the opposite direction. We’re putting back the forest that was once there, and we’re using native forest canopy trees like white oaks, elms, and sycamores.”

Adam Brown, trails resource manager-New England, for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, commented, “This event highlights the close ties between the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Sheffield Tree Project, the Sheffield Land Trust, and the town of Sheffield. We are excited to invite the community to celebrate Arbor Day with us.”

The monument marks the spot of the last and bloodiest battle of Shays’ Rebellion, a movement led by Revolutionary War veteran Daniel Shays to protest state and local tax collections and judgments for debt. The state militia, commanded by Gen. Benjamin Lincoln, crushed the rebels in several engagements in the winter of 1787. Most of the skirmishing took place around Springfield, but on Feb. 27, 1787, some 120 rebels crossed into Massachusetts from New Lebanon, N.Y., and marched on Stockbridge, where they raided the shops and homes of merchants. Brigadier Gen. John Ashley led a local force that defeated the rebels in Sheffield.

The Sheffield Tree Project is celebrating its 20th year of planting and its first year as an affiliate of the Sheffield Land Trust. To date, the Tree Project has planted over 150 trees on private and public lands along the streets of Sheffield, in the town park, on the Village Green, at the Bushnell-Sage Library, and on the campuses of Undermountain Elementary and Mount Everett Regional High schools. For more information, visit or email

The Sheffield Land Trust, founded in 1989, is dedicated to protecting the land essential to Sheffield’s natural, scenic, agricultural and rural character through a program of stewardship that involves landowners, farmers, and other partners. So far, the Sheffield Land Trust has helped families to conserve almost 5,000 acres  of land working in cooperation with over 40 property owners, government agencies, and conservation organizations.

For more information on the Sheffield Land Trust, call 413-229-0234 email or visit

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What Birds Can Tell Us: A Day in the Life of a Song Sparrow

An Evening Talk with Devin Franklin, Flying Deer Programs Director and author of The Backyard Nature Guide
Saturday, April 30, 7:00 pm
West Stockbridge Town Hall, 21 State Line Rd., West Stockbridge, Mass.
Join us for an engaging presentation on the art and science of studying Bird Language -fascinating communication patterns found in nature – and find out how tuning in to the world of birds can restore hope in our children, bring joy to our families, and weave strength into our communities. The star of the show is Melospiza melodia, the Song Sparrow.
Tickets are $15 and include reception with dessert, drinks, and music by Green & White.
Reservations HERE.

Song of the Forest: Understanding Bird Language

A One-Day Workshop co-sponsored by Flying Deer and MASS Audubon
Sunday, May 1, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Rd., Lenox, Mass.
Birds and animals share a common language, and the ancient skill of interpreting this language helped our ancestors survive in the wild. It’s a skill we’ve forgotten as our society has become increasingly disconnected from nature. Come get “in tune” with the song of the forest as you learn and practice Bird Language theory through lecture, discussion, field exercises, and more.
Adults and teens: The workshop is designed for birders, naturalists, educators, conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts, including adults and interested teens.
Kids’ program: A separate bird language program for children ages 6 to 12 will be offered at the same time. The kids group will learn, practice, and explore bird language on their own, then join the larger group to share end-of-day observations.
Tuition: $50 for adults; $40 for accompanying kids
Reservations HERE.


Legislative Hearings/Actions at Boston Statehouse

Tuesday, May 3rd,
Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change Hearing on Commonwealth’s Clean Energy Future
11:30 Rally, Celebration & Pizza at the State House Steps
12:00 Training/Opportunities to Visit Legislative Offices and Push Hard on the Pipeline Tax
1:00 Global Warming Committee Hearing, State House Rm. 428

Buses are available from various locations! Contact

We seem to have won a great victory on the NED pipeline – and it’s time to celebrate. It’s also a time to build on our strength to win more! We need to stop all pipeline expansions. We must stop the pipeline tax. And we must get our legislators to support smart, renewable energy and climate legislation to reduce emissions and support clean, renewable energy!

One or more buses to Boston are available on a sliding scale from $5 to $30. For details and to sign up for a bus, send an email to
Please indicate your top three choices ( leaving from/returning to Pittsfield, Cummington, Greenfield, Orange, Amherst, or Northampton) and we will do our best to accommodate. Your flexibility is appreciated.

See you at the Statehouse on May 3rd. » Please RSVP to help us plan!

Wednesday, May 4th, 10:00am:  Evidentiary Hearing at DPU re Berkshire Gas NED contract
DPU Offices at South Station, Boston
Evidentiary Hearing re: Berkshire Gas NED contract (cross-examining Berkshire Gas)
May 5th, 9:00am:  Supreme Judicial Court Hearing, Conservation Law Foundation v. DPU
Oral arguments will be presented challenging the scheme under which electric ratepayers would shoulder costs of gas pipeline construction.


Bird Walks at Pleasant Valley

Sponsored by Berkshire Sanctuaries
Wed, May 04, 2016 7:00 am9:00 am
Location: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 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.

Registration not required.

Great Barrington GREEN DRINKS

Thursday, May 5th

The Prairie Whale, 178 Main Street, Great Barrington
THIS MONTH: Alana Chernila will be talking about new developments in the Great Barrington Farmers’ Market this year to increase SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) participation and general accessibility for all residents. Alana writes cookbooks, teaches cooking and food writing, and manages the market.
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!

Pittsfield Tree Watch

Thursday, May 12
4:00-5:30 pm
Pittsfield Senior Center, 330 North Street, Pittsfield

Pittsfield Tree Watch meets the 2nd Thursday of every month

TREE OF THE MONTH for APRIL: the American Chestnut
See info sheet on American Chestnut

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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Berkshire Conservation District Meeting

Tuesday, May 10
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

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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Northern Berkshire Green Drinks

Thursday, May 5 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)

Special Guest for MayAlex Brooks, of Eastwick Press, which covers the Hoosic Falls region, will lead off with a history and update on the PFOA contamination issue.

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

Friday, April 29
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: or email (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:
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Williams College Events


Students: Each year the Center for Environmental Studies awards the Thomas Hardie III ’78 prize for the best student work in environmental studies.  The competition is open to all students of all years and all majors and work may be from any course.  Papers may be of any length, from essay to thesis.  In addition to being an honor, there is a monetary prize and the paper is posted on the CES website. 
Submissions are due to by May 6, 5 p.m. and should be sent as pdfs to

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

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Berkshire Museum Adventures

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BEAT Educational Hikes and Wildlife Tracking Related to Proposed Compressor Station in Windsor

Thanks to funding from the Central Berkshire Fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, BEAT is offering educational hikes through the Peru Wildlife Managwment Area in Windsor. The intention of these hikes – which are free and open to the public – is to provide the public with science-based information regarding the proposed Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline and compressor station as well as the importance of the habitat through which it may run. The hikes are currently scheduled for:
Wildlife and the Compressor Station
Wednesday, May 4th • 9am -12 noon
In February, March, and May the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) will be guiding informative hikes through the Peru Wildlife Management Area in Windsor MA.

Vernal Pool Certification
Saturday, May 7th • 1:00 – 3:30 pm

For more information, please email or call 413-429-6416


350Mass Berkshire Node: Monthly Meeting

Please join 350Mass Berkshire Node for our monthly meeting!

Wednesday, May 18th
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 May: TBA

You can say you’re attending and invite your friends on Facebook here:

Looking forward to seeing you there!!

MA Dept. of Public Utilities –
Public Comment Hearings on NED Pipeline

In early January, Kinder Morgan initiated its long-anticipated survey access proceedings at the MA Department of Public Utilities (DPU) regarding Northeast Energy Direct (“NED”) Survey Petitions. According to a press release by PLAN-NE:

“Kinder Morgan’s subsidiary, the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, filed three petitions with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) seeking authority to enter some 450 private properties to conduct “surveys preliminary to eminent domain” for the proposed Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline project. Many landowners have received multiple letters and visits from the company’s agents over the course of two years, even after denying survey permission on multiple occasions.”

Under pressure from property owners and activists, the DPU has scheduled public hearings along the pipeline route, including a hearing that took place on Tuesday, March 29th in Pittsfield.

For the full schedule of pubic comment hearings, see the DPU website page here.

The Department also accepts written comments, which are given equal consideration to comments made at a public comment hearing. Written comments may be submitted through Friday May 6, 2016.

Written comments should be emailed to: and Hearing Officer Stephen August at

If you wish to send comments by regular mail, please send them to:

Department of Public Utilities Siting Division
1 South Station
Boston, MA 02110
Attn: Stephen August, Hearing Officer

If you are a property owner whose property is included in the Company’s petition requesting survey authorization from the Department, you will receive a further public notice in the mail in the coming weeks announcing the public hearings, providing a copy of the relevant petition, and providing additional information about submitting written comments.

All of the properties subject to these three proceedings are available at the links below:
» DPU Docket 16-01:
AffidavitPetition for Geotechnical Survey (23 landowners)
» DPU Docket 16-02:
Petition for Vernal Pool and other Surveys (18 landowners)
» DPU Docket 16-03:
 Part 1
Petition for Early Determination; Summary of Project; Arguments for DPU to Issue Order to Allow Survey;
Exhibit A: Property Owners List (408 landowners)


Woodchuck Wednesdays at Sheep Hill

April 6 through May 4
1:45 to 4:00 PM

The Williamstown Rural Lands is offering a Wednesday afternoon nature play drop off program at its Sheep Hill headquarters in Williamstown for kindergartners through fourth graders. Siblings of participants outside the age range will also be considered. The two-hour program, led by WRLF Executive Director Leslie Reed-Evans and Williams College student assistants, will feature unstructured outdoor activities such as nature exploration, stories, and games, and indoor activities including crafts and cooking. Sheep Hill, a conservation property and the headquarters of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, is the perfect place for children to experience and explore the natural world. This child-friendly conservation property offers room to roam, and indoor facilities for getting out of the weather.

The program will take place rain or shine. Students should dress warmly for outdoor activities. Space is limited and pre-registration is suggested.

The fee for the five-week series is $70 for WRLF members and $85 for non-members. Snack will be provided. Per session price on request.

The WRLF is a member-supported non-profit land conservation trust dedicated to preserving the rural New England character of Williamstown. Sheep Hill, its headquarters, is located on Route 7, approximately a mile south of the Williamstown rotary.

For more information or for a downloadable registration form, visit

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Pittsfield Green Drinks

Sponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)

Tuesday, May 17 at 5:15pm
J. Allens, 41 North Street, Pittsfield

For May, Dept. of Conservation and Recreation Foresters will talk about the Greening the Gateway Cities Program now in Pittsfield!

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

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 ( or 413-230-7321).

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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

Accessible Birding with Joe
Tuesdays from 8:00-10:00am – May 10
Join Joe Superchi on the second Tuesday of the month (through November) in a search for birds at local sites. Open to birders of all abilities. Meet at the Center 100 Main Street Athol. Call ahead for wheelchair van access, 978-248-9491.

“Early Bird” Birding with Jeff
Fridays @ 7:00 a.m. – April 29, May 6, May 13, May 20
Sunday @ 7:00 a.m. – May 22
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

“Early Bird” Birding with Ernie
Sundays @ 7:00 a.m. – May 1
Join Ernie Leblanc here at 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.

Early Dragonflies and more
Saturday April 30 @ 9:00 am (Athol) 10:00 (Oxbow NWR)
Join Tom Murray on this exploration of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge is search of the Ringed Boghaunter Williamsonia lintneri and other early flying invertebrates, birds, and other wildlife. Meet 9:00 am at MREC, 100 Main Street, Athol to carpool or parking lot off Still River Depot Road in Harvard Ma at 10:00 am Questions: Map of refuge:

American Turtle Observatory
Wednesday May 11 @ 7:00 PM
Mike Jones & Liz Wiley will discuss their work on turtles

Montague Plains for Nightjars
Saturday May 14 @ 7:30 pm
Dave Small will lead this trip to one of Massachusetts premier Sandplain habitats for a chance to hear Whip-poor-wills and other evening birds. Flashlight, headlamp, and insect repellant recommended. Meet us about 7:30 at the intersection of E. Mineral Rd and Millers Falls Road (just east of the Turners Falls airport) info c all Dave@ 978-413-1772

Quabbin for birds
Saturday, May 21 @ 7:00 am
Join Club president Dave Small and Jeff Johnstone for this Naturalists exploration of a section of Quabbin Reservoir. Meet at MREC 7:00 am for carpooling pre-registration required as the number of participants is limited. Contact Dave Small to reserve your place.

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Climate Action and Sustainability Fair

A day of celebration, education and dialogue
Saturday, May 7, 2016
(Rain date: Sunday, May 8, 2016)

JOIN US for this joyous day of celebration, networking, dialogue and brainstorming, art making, education, music, food, and fun!

11:00am–5:00pm Sustainability Fair, Open Dialogues & Information Sharing
5:30–7:00pm        Film
8:00–11:00pm      DJ Dance Party w/DJ BFG!

Shire City Sanctuary, 40 Melville Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Housed in the former Notre Dame Church of 1895, Shire City Sanctuary is a Makerspace, Cyberoffice, and majestic Eventspace in the heart of The Berkshires.

Envision a sustainable future! Here in the amazing Berkshires, a growing number of people are consciously and actively living and working in ways that are transforming our environment.

LIVING THE CHANGE is a major celebration of the growing community and positive momentum of Berkshire County’s climate action network, 350Mass Berkshires, and environmental organizations, activists, sustainable businesses, individuals, and volunteers who work to address the planetary challenge of climate change.

Come celebrate a future that embraces clean, renewable energy, protects our natural environment for all species, and wholeheartedly supports the development of a peaceful and sustainable livelihood for all. A future that is beginning NOW!”

Exhibitors in the areas of Energy, Agriculture/Food, Social Causes, and more.

“Think Tank” Dialogue Sessions – Community conversations with facilitators will be offered throughout the day for those who wish to dig deeper into the issues of our times.

11:15am – 11:45am Interfaith Service

12 noon – 1:00 pm Laurie Lane-Zucker

1:15 pm to 1:45 pm – Energy & Solar Power with Chris Kilfoyle of BPVS

2:00 pm – 2:50 pm  – Climate Change Panel with 350 Mass Berkshire & Berkshire Environmental Action Team(BEAT)

3:00 pm – 3:50 pm   TBA

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm – Schuhmacher Center

5:30 pm – 7:45 pm – “This Changes Everything” movie and conversation

8:00 pm – 11:00 pm – DJ Dance Party w/DJ BFG

Puppets by Marmalade Productions!

Kids’ Corner for arts, crafts, and puppetry!  Youth art and activities!

The Food Truck Rodeo and Live Music! All day. Specialty food trucks will dish up a variety of their favorite offerings, including organic, locally sourced, gluten-free foods, and all on wheels! From 11 am to 5pm.

For more information, contact or call 413-329-3514

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 Lee’s 1st Annual Greener Gateway Cleanup

Saturday, May 7  (Rain date: Saturday, May 14th)
9:00 am – 12:00 noon
(Rain date: May 14)

Sponsored by Lee Recycling Committee.

We will be meeting at the gazebo by the Lee Post Office.

There will be a post-cleanup celebration at noon.


To volunteer or for more information, contact Valerie at

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Your Land, Your Community
A Free Landowner Workshop

Saturday, May 7, 2016
10:00am – 12:00noon
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Rd., Sandisfield, MA

Come together with other landowners in your community to learn more about the land stewardship and land conservation options available to you. This workshop will cover a variety of opportunities that can help you meet your goals as a landowner. Topics covered will provide information on wildlife habitat management, forest management, conservation easements, and more. We will also touch on funding and tax incentives available.


Betsy Cook, Land Protection Manager, New England Forestry Founation
Laura Marx, Forest Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy
Tom Ryan, Service Forester, State Dept. of Conservation and Recreation

RSVP to Betsy Cook via phone or email:
978.952.6856 Ext. 106,



Cleaner, Greener, More Just Earth Care Fair

Saturday, May 7, 2016
3:00 – 7:00 PM
Mt. Toby Friends Meetinghouse 194 Long Plain Road, Leverett, Massachusetts 01054

Contact: Beth Adams (413) 522-7505

On Saturday, May 7, 3-7 PM, Mt. Toby Climate Witness and Peace & Social Concerns Committees will host a Cleaner, Greener, More Just Earth Care Fair at Mt. Toby Friend Meetinghouse, 194 Long Plain Road, Leverett, MA

Drawing upon the multitude of Middle Connecticut River Valley talent, of grassroots, non-profit and commercial entities dedicated to co-creating a more just and thus greener, cleaner, and healthier future for all beings, the Earth Care Fair is a celebration of creative, persistent moral imagination to mitigate climate change in the Middle Connecticut River Valley and beyond. It is a family-friendly event and all are welcome!

The program will begin with a Sacred Earth Circle (outdoors-weather-permitting) lead by Loril Moondream, Apache of Medicine Mammals, Wendell Mass, and then: (not in this order):

Mother Earth Is Calling Us – Nolumbeka Project

The Springfield Climate Justice Coalition – Frank Cincotta

Stopping the Pipelines – Jim Cutler, Sugar Shack Alliance

Plug the Gas Leaks – Andra Rose, Mothers Out Front

Forests: Our Best Allies in Fixing the Climate Problem – Ellen Moyer, Ph.D., P.E.

Climate Action Now – Susan Theberge

Faith and Climate Action  –  Rev. Margaret Bullitt – Jonas

Mt. Toby’s Carbon Tax Initiative – Roger Conant

Faith and Nonviolent Resistance – Mary Link

Greening Greenfield – Susan Worgaftik

Greenfield Rights of Nature – Sandra Boston

Vermont Yankee Decommissioning – Nancy Braus, Safe and Green Campaign

Feature Presentation: Patricia Hynes (Traprock  Center for Peace & Justice) – “Renewables Are Ready” presented by Susan Lantz (Facilitator-Awakening the Dreamer) Doug Renick(Former Program Director of  AFSCWM) and  Claire Chang (Greenfield Solar Store)

The program will be interwoven with: Poetry-Don Ogden (Poets Against the Pipelines) & Music for the Earth – Annie Patterson, Tom Neilson and Lynn Waldron & The Raging Grannies! Dorothy Creswell (Happy Valley Children’s Chorus) will lead For the Earth and All music for kids in the Champney Room or outside-weather permitting. Potluck Finger Food, Beverages and donations are welcome, but not required!

To volunteer, donate or for more information, contact/email Beth Adams

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 Sheep to Shawl Festival

Saturday May 7
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Sheep Hill, Williamstown

Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation (WRLF)

The Sheep to Shawl festival is a celebration of spring and New England heritage, with local artisans and food producers, farm animals, and a focus on the region’s historic fleece and fiber industry. Legendary shearer Fred DePaul will spin stories while shearing sheep with traditional tools.  Kristen Whittle will demonstrate herding sheep up and around the steep meadows of Sheep Hill using her skilled border collies. Local farms will bring sheep, alpaca, and small farm animals along with delicious home-grown and locally produced products for tasting and purchasing.

The Green Mountain Weavers & Spinners Guild will demonstrate carding, spinning, and weaving throughout the day, along with rug-hooking demonstrations.  There will be fiber craft projects for children and enthusiastic adults. Local artisans will show and sell their wares, including basketry, pottery, hand-made wearable items, jewelry, and sheep and alpaca fiber products.

Wild Oats Market and Cricket Creek farm will have fresh breads, cheeses, sandwiches and other delicious edibles available for purchase.

Tickets for Sheep to Shawl can be purchased at the gate. Ticket prices are $3 per individual and $6 per family. Those who come by bicycle get in free!  Become a WRLF member at the gate and receive free admission!  All are welcome to enter their admission tickets in a Sheep to Shawl raffle for a ‘locally produced’ prize basket. Proceeds from the Sheep to Shawl Festival support the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation ( and its public programming.

The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is a non-profit, member-supported land conservation trust working to preserve the rural New England character of the north Berkshire region.   It offers programs in natural and cultural history year-round at Sheep Hill and other conservation properties. Sheep Hill is located on Route 7 approximately one mile south of the Williamstown rotary. Look for the sign on the west side of the road.  For more information, visit our website or call Sheep Hill at 413-458-2494. Sheep to Shawl is supported by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a program of the Mass Cultural Council.

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Sheffield Roadside Cleanup & Pizza Party

Saturday, May 14
(Rain date May 21) 
9:00am – 1:00pm

Sheffield Saves, a local group of volunteers, is hosting a Town Pizza Party at Sheffield Town Park.
Everyone who picks up trash and litter along a road in Sheffield or Ashley Falls is welcome.
Trash bags courtesy of Kiwanis.
Pick up trash bags from 9 to10 in front of the Post Office, clean up roads from 9 to 1 and come have pizza from 1 to 2.
For more information and road selection call 413-229-8569.

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Fossil Fuel Divestment for Everyone –
A Forum on Divestment and Sustainable Reinvestment

Saturday, May 21
10:00 am-11:30 am

Ralph J. Froio Senior Center, 330 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 (Parking in rear)

SPONSORED BY: 350Mass-Berkshires

350Mass-Berkshires will host a panel presentation and discussion on fossil fuel divestment for individuals and organizations on Saturday, May 21 at the Ralph Froio Senior Center in Pittsfield.

The concept of fossil fuel divestment is simple: it is the withdrawal of investments in the oil, coal, and gas companies that are destroying our climate. The purpose to is to expose and stigmatize these corporations for using their enormous profits to influence legislators to pass laws that protect fossil fuel interests and block our necessary transition to clean, renewable energy sources. Divestment has historically been an effective tool for justice in fighting powerful interests such as the tobacco companies and the apartheid government in South Africa.

Presenters include: Karin Chamberlain, Clean Yield Asset Management, Norwich, VT; Harry Moran, Owner/Founder of Sustainable Wealth Advisors, Saratoga Springs, NY; and Libby O’Connell, Green Century Funds, Boston, MA.

Topics will include: 

  • How to divest your investments of fossil fuel holdings or get your employer to offer a fossil-free option in your 401k;
  • How to reinvest in sustainable community options; and
  • The economics behind the fossil fuel divestment campaign.

The 350Mass Divestment campaign has been focused on supporting Senator Ben Downing’s bill to divest the Massachusetts State Pension Fund of fossil fuel holdings. It has also helped 14 municipalities and numerous religious institutions pass resolutions calling for divestment. With this forum, attention is turned to helping businesses, non-profit organizations, and, especially, individuals to divest. While the concept may be simple, the actual mechanics of divesting and reinvesting in sustainable options may not be. The goal of this event is to provide some guidance and answer questions about the process.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. May 21, 10:00am-11:30am. Ralph J. Froio Senior Center, 330 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 (Parking in rear). RSVPs are appreciated but not required to:

For more information, contact  Gary Stoller 413-717-8350 or visit

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Chestnut Tree Planting

21st & May 22nd ( Saturday and Sunday.) 
The planting will be at Springside park.

On Saturday the 21st, the hours will be from 10 AM- 3PM & Lunch will be provided.

On Sunday, May 22nd, the hours will be from 10AM-1PM, and there is NO lunch provided on this day.

If you would like to volunteer to plant chestnut trees, please let Marissa ( know.  You may bring a friend, child, or grandchild!

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Attorney General Maura Healey’s Listening Session

Thursday, May 26
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Ralph Froio Center, Pittsfield

Attorney General Maura Healey’s Energy and Environment Bureau will be hosting Listening Sessions across the Commonwealth this Spring.  We hope you can join us for an evening of learning and sharing information about the environmental and energy issues that are important to you and your community.

Each Listening Session will begin with a brief overview of the work of the Energy and Environment Bureau, and will be devoted primarily to hearing directly from residents about the range of issues that concern you—whether it’s drinking water quality, childhood asthma in your community, lead paint, water pollution, proposed energy projects, climate change, toxic chemicals in the environment, energy costs, solar power, pollinator health, or another issue, we want to hear your thoughts!

The Energy and Environment Bureau works to protect utility ratepayers and our environment, and to reduce the threat of climate change for the people and families of the Commonwealth.  As the state’s Ratepayer Advocate, the Bureau’s Energy and Telecommunications Division represents consumers in matters involving the price and delivery of natural gas, electricity and telecommunication services before state and federal regulators.  The Bureau’s Environmental Protection Division and Environmental Crimes Strike Force enforce the laws that protect our air and water, preserve our lands and open space, require the clean-up of contaminated sites, and govern the use of pesticides and the handling and disposal of hazardous waste.  The Bureau’s integration of energy and environmental advocacy  ensures that our office speaks with one voice in addressing the intertwined ratepayer and environmental protection matters that impact the Commonwealth and our residents.

Melissa Hoffer, EEB Chief, and her team, along with the AG Community Engagement Division, will be in attendance in the Berkshires.

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Berkshire BioBlitz 2016

Saturday, June 18 through Sunday, June 19, 2016 (24 hours running)

Base of Mt. Greylock

This will be a 24-hour bio assessment of the base of Mt. Greylock (location tentative). As many of you know, the goal is to identify as many species as possible! Birds, reptiles, mammals, plants, fish… everything!

This year’s event is sponsored in part by the Massachusetts Geographical Alliance.

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

Lisa Provencher – Berkshire BioBlitz, Dr. Augie’s Science & Art Programs

Scott LaGreca – Cornell University

Jane Winn – Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)

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Natural History of the Berkshires-A Field Course for Adults and Youth

Sponsoring Organizations: MCLA, Cornell University and Dr. Augie’s Science Programs

Course Location: Pittsfield/Lanesborough

Schedule: Tuesday July 5-Friday July 8, 2016
(4 or 2 day course… see registration form link below)
Time: 8am to 5pm

Target Audience: Adults and Youth (16 years or older)

Cost: $250 for 4 days or $125 for 2 days

To apply for this course email:

Main Instructors: Lisa Provencher, M.S. Entomology. B.S. Environmental Science, Scott LaGreca Ph.D. Cornell University, John Wheeler Berkshire Mycology Society and various specialists TBA.

For more details see:

Throughout this course we will meet with scientists and local naturalists as we explore and learn about the natural world of the Berkshires. The course will include several ways everyone can contribute to science including programs such as: Citizen Science, biodiversity days and the fast and furious bioblitz.

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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.

April 30 Vernal Pool Plunge (Training)  12noon – 3pm
Learn to identify vernal pools and how to work towards certification. Leader Jane Winn, Berkshire Environmental Action Team

May 14 • Cast Your Fly (Workshop)  10am-1pm
Enjoy the beauty of fly-fishing while you discover how to spot good locations along the river. Leaders Bill Rose and Karen Karlberg.

June 18 • Birds, Beasts and Bees on the West Branch (Walk) • 10am-1pm
Spend a couple of hours by the river and discover its rich natural diversity. Leader Naturalist Ed Neumuth.

July 9 • Center Pond Paddle (Paddle) • 10am-2pm
Learn to identify and remove invasive aquatic and wetland plants. Leader Mercedes Gallagher, Center Pond Weed Project

August 13  Becket Gorge and Shaker Mill Brook (Hike) • 10am-2pm
Explore what you can do to celebrate and protect river corridors.

September 17  Third Annual Watershed Blitz  9am-2pm
Walk segments of the Wild & Scenic West Branch with river specialists and naturalists and meet fellow river stewards.

Register for all the details by contacting Meredyth Babcock: 413-623-2070 or

Find us in the River and on the web:

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Outdoor Adventure & Wilderness Skills Weekend Getaway!

Families, adults, teens: Join Earthwork Programs and a community of beginners and experienced alike for the Outdoor Adventure & Wilderness Skills Weekend Getaway Workshops! Adults, teens, families. Attend all, some or one: first come, first served!

Pre-registration is required (

Conway, MA

9:00-12:00 Seeing through the Eyes of Animals (Tracking) –$45/adult, $25/child with adult prepaid

1:00-4:00 Wild Edibles (1st of Series)–$50/adult, $30/child with adult prepaid

6:00-9:00 The Art of Storytelling & Night Navigation –$45/adult, $25/child with adult prepaid

SUNDAY, May 22
Conway, MA

9:00-12:00 The Art of Fire –$45/adult, $25/child with adult prepaid

1:00-4:00 Introduction to Wilderness Skills –$45/adult, $25/child with adult prepaid

Coming for all 5 Workshops? Call (413-340-1161) to ask about our 2-person discount and camping overnight!


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!

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