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

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

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

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

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

Visit our website for more information: http://www.dykenpond.org.
New this year, registration can be done online with Paypal.

Visit our website at: http://www.dykenpond.org for more information and a complete list of our programs.

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

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Waste Oil, Paint, and Used Motor Oil Collection Day

South Berkshire Household Hazardous Waste Collaborative

Saturday, June 25th
8:30-11:00 AM
Great Barrington Recycling Center, 601 Stockbridge Rd., GB
Registration Deadline, June 24th

Waste oil paint and used motor oil waste collection set

The South Berkshire Household Hazardous Waste Collaborative will hold a paint and oil collection in Great Barrington for the 15 participating towns on Saturday, June 25th from 8:30-11AM.  The Center for EcoTechnology (CET) will coordinate these collections.

The towns in the South Berkshire Household Hazardous Waste Collaborative sponsor this program. The participating towns are Alford, Becket, Egremont, Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Mount Washington, New Marlborough, Otis, Richmond, Sheffield, Stockbridge, Tyringham and West Stockbridge.

Acceptable materials are oil-based paint, stains, paint thinners, spray paint and turpentine, as well as waste motor oil.  No other type of oil or fuel will be accepted.

Latex paint will not be accepted at this event. Empty cans can be recycled with scrap metal.  Dried-up cans of latex paint can be disposed with the regular trash.  Empty cans of oil-based paint, stains and solvents can be disposed with the regular trash as well. Usable paint can be given away through freecycle.org or Habitat Restore in Pittsfield.

To register online or for information about what can be brought to these collections, visit http://www.cetonline.org/events  or email Jamie.Cahillane@cetonline.org.  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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Western Massachusetts Master Gardeners – Gardening Class

Saturday, June 25th
10:00 am

Springside Park, 874 North St. Pittsfield
(at the demonstration gardens behind the Springside House.)

“Butterflies,” with Donna DiGennaro , Master Gardener

The classes are free and last from 1-2 hours.

You can register or obtain more information by contacting Jim McCarthy, 413 637-2940,heljim@msn.com

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Paddle For A Purpose- Stop the Pipeline in Sandisfield

Saturday, June 25th
10:00am-12:00noon
Lower Spectacle Pond, Sandisfield

Join Berkshire Outdoor Guide Tracy Remelius for a critical mass paddle to raise awareness and funds for Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT).

Paddlers of all kinds welcome. Suggested donation $10

Donate here: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/fund-fight/

Please pre-register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paddle-for-a-purpose-tickets-25971577688

Stay tuned on our Facebook event page.
https://www.facebook.com/events/497183407148170/

More info contact Tracy Remelius tracyremelius@gmail.com

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Weeding Wednesdays @ Springside Park
Volunteers needed!

2nd & 4th WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH
6:30 —8:00pm

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

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Sheffield Land Trust Annual Meeting at Maple Shade Farm

Saturday, June 25
11:30am – 2:00pm
Maple Shade Farm, off Rebellion Road, Sheffield

You are invited to the Sheffield Land Trust’s Annual Meeting on June 25, from 11:30-2pm.  Join us for our traditional potluck lunch, program and music while taking in the beauty of the surrounding farm and forest land in the fields of Maple Shade Farm off Rebellion Road in Sheffield (across from the Appalachian Trail and just up the road from the Shays Rebellion Monument on Sheffield-Egremont Road).

Lunch starts at noon, with the annual meeting and program at 12:30, then the music continues after the meeting.  Bring a favorite dish to serve six and your own place settings – if you are coming for the potluck lunch.  We supply the drinks and music!

Maple Shade Farm is part of the Sheffield-Egremont Corridor, which is a joint project of the Sheffield and Egremont Land Trusts to help maintain over 2000 acres of farms, forests and wildlife areas in northwest Sheffield and southeast Egremont.  We were at this Maple Shade Farm location 6 years ago when the farm was first being protected, and thought it fitting to return this year to celebrate that we will be making the last payment installment in October.

To get to Maple Shade Farm take Rte 7 to Lime Kiln Road, go just under a mile to Rebellion Road.  Look for the tent and parking signs on the left.

Everyone is welcome, members and non-members!

For more information call the Sheffield Land Trust at (413) 229-0234 or email shefland@bcn.net

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Wild Thing 5k/10k Trail Race

Sponsored by Berkshire Sanctuaries

Sunday, Jun 26, 2016
9:00 am
Start/end: Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Rd, Lenox

Members & Nonmembers:

Join us for the “Wild Thing”, a wooded trail run starting and ending at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary to raise money for conservation and education programs in Berkshire County.

The 5K course is great for runners or walkers, or runners can challenge themselves with the longer 10K distance.  Kennedy Park is the perfect location for a trail race with almost 15 miles of trails through hardwood forests and scenic views of the Berkshires.  The race goes through carriage roads and single track with a variety of elevation in both the 10K and 5K distances.

The first 100 participants are guaranteed a t-shirt and all racers join us for the post-race celebration in the big red barn. Many prize giveaways!

Registration is required. Pre-Register online or June 25 at Pleasant Valley, 10am-4pm.

http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/pleasant-valley/

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

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JUNE Events at Mt. Greylock

Please CLICK HERE for the June events calendar.

Fun and Nature
Fridays, June 24
11:00 AM at the Visitor Center
A series of fun and interactive activities designed to connect the user with their nature, these programs feature a variety of themes. “Bugspeditions”, story time, watershed manipulation, soil activities, and animal tracking are all designed to en-gage the eager park visitor while enhancing their appreciation for our natural environment.

Summit Breakfast Hike
Sundays, June 26
7:00 am

Bascom Lodge, Summit
Begin the day in a powerful way: around and then on the top of the tallest mountain in the Greatest state. This moderate 1.6 mile hike meets at the Bascom lodge at 7 am and then proceeds around the overlook trail. Hike is open to all mem-bers of the public as well as to all lodge guests. Breakfast is sold at the lodge at 8 to all and any takers.

Pocket Summit Tour
Sundays, June 26
11:00am and 1:00pm
Summit ($5/6 parking fee) applies)
Short, focused and Easy walk and talk with Park Interpreter Mike to discover the landscape, ecology and history of the highest point in Massachusetts. All ages welcome. Be prepared for the weather, bring a light snack and drinking water. Estimated hike duration 20 minutes. Meet at Mt. Greylock summit ($5/$6 parking fee applies).

Discover Greylock Hike
Mondays, June 27
11:00 am 

Meet at Visitor Center
This hike with Park Interpreter Mike explores many of the exciting and hidden features of Mount Greylock. Various hikes to Waterfalls, Old Growth Forests and historic sites will incorporate outdoor skills, environmental stewardship and bear awareness. Be prepared for the weather, wear sturdy footwear, bring a lunch, bug spray and drinking water. Meet at Visitor Center and carpool to location.

Little Explorers Nature Discovery Hour
Wednesday, 6/22
Track animals, make a bug, listen to a story, role play a hawk or a robin in action, craft a bear stick…These various activities and projects are geared to younger outdoor enthusiast. Bring only a positive attitude. No prior experience are necessary we supply all equipment. All children under 18 must be accompanied by guardian.

Waterfall Wonders
11:00 am

Sunday, June 26
Do you love waterfalls? Join us as we take a closer look in this moderate to strenuous hike led by a Park Interpreter. Be prepared for some steep and slippery hiking, wear sturdy footwear, bring a snack, bug spray and water. Rain cancels. Meet at Visitor Center 6/12 & 6/26 @ 11am.

Nice & Easy Hikes @ 11:00 am
Tuesdays, June 28

Get outdoors and stay active with “Nice and Easy Hikes” easy-paced, two-hour, one to two mile-long walks geared especially for seniors, but open to all ages. A different trail is featured each week and may include tree and plant identification, birding and local history, depending on the interests of the hikers. Call Visitor Center for location. 413-499-4262.

Firefly Frolic
Thursday, June 30 @ 8:00 pm
Come experience the most magical light show of the summer! We will play a game and learn about fireflies, then take a short walk to safely capture and release these mystical glowing creatures! Meet at Visitor Center 6/30@ 8pm, 90 minutes. Rain cancels.

Boreal Summit Tour
TBA
2:00pm at the Summit
Join Park Interpreter Mike for a breezy natural history tour of Mount Greylock’s lofty sub-alpine zone. Discover the story behind the summit’s unique boreal ecology that includes the fragrant balsam fir and bird species such as Blackpoll Warbler and White-throated Sparrow. Estimated tour duration 30 minutes.

Summit Hike
New dates TBA
Short and Easy walk and talk with Park Interpreter Mike to discover the landscape, ecology and history of the highest point in Massachusetts. All ages welcome. Be prepared for the weather, bring a light snack and drinking water. Offered at 1:00pm & 3:00pm. Estimated hike duration 30 to 45 minutes. Meet at Mt. Greylock summit ($8/$10 parking fee applies).

Bradley Farm Hikes @ 11:00 am
New dates TBA
Enter an ancient orchard, experience the source of the Housatonic River, ponder New England’s natural history through the lens of a stone wall, witness the intersection of two distinct forestscapes, see the thumbprint of a lightening strike, and find out how the DCR gauges the health of our forests. Enjoy all of this and more during the course of a moderate, 1.8 mile hike through the woods. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Robins vs Hawks Lawn Game
New dates TBA
This group activity features vigorous running and a surprise ending. Find out what it’s like to forage for food while, at the same time, eluding capture by a magnificent predator. Geared toward energetic people who like nature, enjoy a good game of ‘tag.’ and who learn well by doing. Requires at least three players. Meet at the Visitor Center.

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

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 DCR Public Meeting on Draft Trail Plan –
Pittsfield and October Mountain State Forests

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
DCR West Region Headquarters, 740 South Street, Pittsfield, Ma

DCR will be presenting an overview of the draft trail plan’s contents and recommendations, and inviting public comments. The draft plan and accompanying maps are available for viewing on the DCR website at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/public-outreach/public-meetings/. The draft plan will also available for review at the DCR West Region Headquarters, 720 South Street, Pittsfield, and DCR Planning Office at 136 Damon Road, Northampton, during business hours, beginning onJune 30.

Public comments on the draft plan may be submitted to DCR until August 1, 2016, either online at

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/public-outreach/submit-public-comments/ or by writing to the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Office of Public Outreach, 251 Causeway Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02114.

If you wish to be added to an email list to receive DCR project-specific or general announcements, or wish to report a concern, please emailMass.Parks@state.ma.us or call 617-626-4973.

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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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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, 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)
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

Thursday, July 11
(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, July 14
(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, July 12
(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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THOREAU HIKE TO MOUNT GREYLOCK SUMMIT

Saturday, July 16
(Rain date: July 23)
10:00 am
Mout Greylock State Reservation

Henry David Thoreau walks Greylock again…at least in spirit! And this time you can walk him…​

Hike the historic route of American naturalist and writer, Henry David Thoreau to the summit of Mount Greylock on Saturday, July 16th at 10:00am (rain date: July 23). The event is FREE. Participants should meet at the Mount Greylock State Reservation, Notch Road gate parking lot, 300 feet up from the intersections of Reservoir and Notch Roads, off Route 2 in North Adams. Recommended for ages teen to adult.

In 1844, the year before Thoreau lived at and wrote about Walden (Pond), his famous account of rugged individualism and living simply; he sauntered from Concord to Mount Greylock, the highest point in Massachusetts. Local author and former Williams College professor of English, Lauren Stevens, guides the program that retraces Thoreau’s ascent of the mountain. The hike is enlivened with visits to actual locations including insights and interpretation to his experience from excerpts in the account of this event, as recorded by Thoreau in “A week on the Concordand Merrimack Rivers.”

If you choose to hike one-way to the summit (5.5 miles) meet at 9:00am sharp at the Notch Road gate to shuttle cars; if you choose to hike round-trip (11 miles) meet at10:00am. Hike departs at 10:00am up the Bellows Pipe Trail from the Notch Road gate parking lot. Hikers making the round-trip can expect to return to the starting point by about 3:30pm. Upper sections of the Bellows Pipe Trail are strenuous. Participants​ should be prepared for the trail and for weather conditions. Sturdy hiking footwear is recommended. Bring your own lunch, snack and adequate water. Potable water and restrooms are available only at the summit. Trail maps and resource materials are provided.

The event is co-sponsored by the Hoosic River Watershed Association and the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of State Parks and Recreation. For additional directions and information call Mount Greylock State Reservation Visitors Center between 9am and 4pm daily at (413) 499-4262, or visit www.massparks.org on the internet.

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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, July 12
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, July 7 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 July: TBA

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
Potluck at 5:30 p.m. • Meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.
UU Church, 175 Wendell Ave. in Pittsfield.

Every month our meetings offer an opportunity for Berkshire residents to get involved with the growing climate change movement.

For July: TBA

Looking forward to seeing you there!!

As always catch us around the web:

 


Evening at the Beaver Ponds

Sponsored by Berkshire Sanctuaries
TBA
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.

Pittsfield Green Drinks

Sponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)

Tuesday, July 19 at 5:15pm
J. Allens, 41 North Street, Pittsfield

For July, our very own Elia Del Molino will be talking about GREENAGERS!
Visit www.greenagers.org for more info.

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

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.

Housatonic River Paddle Trips

Wednesday, June 22
3:00pm – 6:00pm
HVA Introduction to River Paddling with Canoes, South Lee
Join HVA on Wednesday, June 22 (3pm-6pm) for a FREE introduction to canoeing on a flat water stretch of the Housatonic River in South Lee. Canoes and equipment provided. If you have never been in a canoe, then join us to learn how to safely enter and exit a canoe, the basic strokes, appropriate attire and pre-trip preparation. Enjoy a short paddle upstream to enjoy beautiful views of Beartown State Forest. This paddle trip starts and ends at the same place. Families with children 6yrs+ welcome. To preregister call HVA at 413-394-9796 or emailadixon@hvatoday.org.Program support provided by Housatonic Heritage. Space is limited. Advanced registration required.

Tuesday, July 19
3:00pm – 6:00pm
Housatonic River Paddle Trip in Lee
Join HVA on Tuesday, July 19 (3pm – 1pm) for a 6 mile paddle trip along the Housatonic River through Lee to South Lee. Some paddling experience preferred as there are sections of quick water and downed trees to negotiate. Canoes and equipment provided, or register to bring your own boat. Shuttling will be coordinated among participants. Cost per person: $20 non members/$15 members. Cost for families: $35 non member family / $25 for member family. To preregister call HVA at 413-394-9796 or email adixon@hvatoday.org. Program support provided by Housatonic Heritage. Space is limited. Advanced registration required.

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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
TBA
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
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

Geo – ABNC meeting
Tuesday June 21 , 7:00 PM .
Join Paul Kachinski and others in our second Geology meeting at the Millers River Environmental Center.
Thanks to the positive response from our first meeting we will actively continue with this program.  Club founder Robert Coyle was first a geologist and last month’s meeting reacquainted us with some interesting aspects of our local geology. Paul Kachinski is offering to help in getting a group together of those of us interested in mineralogy and geology to continue to promote the earth sciences in honor of Bob Coyle. There is a lot of opportunity to learn about geology with both Bob Coyle’s and Paul Kachinski’s collections. Chris Coyle is compiling a list of e-mails of interested folks. Contact Chris Coyle uppereustis@yahoo.com for details

6th Annual Moth Ball
Saturday, June 25, 9 p.m.
– late night
1542 Pleasant St., Athol
Join ABNC president Dave Small and naturalist Lula Field at Dave and Shelley’s house, 1542 Pleasant St., Athol, to search for Lunas, underwings, silkmoths and other night flying insects. Participants are invited to bring their tents, snacks to share and favorite moth baits. (Don’t know what those are? You’ll find out!) Info: Dave Small, 978-413-1772 or Dave@dhsmall.net.

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Stop the PCB Dumps Events

David Carpenter, MD, SUNY Albany, PCB Expert & Researcher;
Director of the Institute for Health and Environment.
Tuesday, June 28th
7:00pm

Great Barrington Congregational Church, Main Street, GB
Dr. Carpenter brings the medical science of the adverse health effects of PCBs in a clear and understandable manner. Always adequate time for Q&A.

*PLEASE INVITE FRIENDS AND SHARE FAR AND WIDE*

Lois Gibbs, Center for Health, Environment, & Justice
September, 2016 (date and venue to be announced)
CHEJ is a national organization that assists local people to become empowered to protect their communities from environmental threats.
Lois was the key leader of Love Canal residents in their fight to be relocated away from a toxic dump containing over 20,000 tons of chemicals.

#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.

Discover and Create for 6-8 year olds *
Monday, June 27 – Friday July 1
9:00am-1:00pm daily
With Kathy Chesney. Using a variety of materials from nature, we will work on craft projects that are both functional and imaginative. Baking, cooking, exploring Sheep Hill’s different habitats, playing games, and reading stories will all be part of the adventure! Cost: $200 per child; $160 WRLF members

Parent and Preschooler Nature Exploration
Tuesday July 5 – Friday July 8
10:00-11:30am each day
With Kathy Chesney, Leslie Reed-Evans and staff. Gentle nature exploration at Sheep Hill will include discovery walks, outdoor play, craft activities and stories to engage children in nature. Cost: $50 per child, $35 WRLF members. One parent per 2 children, preregistration required.

Habitat Exploration for 5-7 year olds *
Monday July 11 –Friday July 15
With Kathy Chesney. Each day will introduce a nature topic featuring the pond, meadow, stream and woodlands, and their swimming, walking, hopping, and flying inhabitants. Outdoor games, nature crafts, and cooking will be a part of the program. Hours: 9-1 daily Cost: $200 per child; $160 WRLF members

Beginning Blacksmithing for 11 -14 year olds*
Monday July 18 – Saturday July 23
Three, 2-day sessions, running 9:00am-3:00 daily
With Art Evans. Each session is limited to 3 children. Participants will learn basic blacksmithing skills using traditional blacksmith’s tools and techniques in a coal -fired forge. Each participant will bring home a handforged item.
Session One: Mon & Tues July 18 and 19
Session Two: Wed & Thur July 20 and 21
Session Three: Fri & Sat July 22 and 23
Orientation and safety session Fri 7/15

Cost: $125 per session $100 WRLF members. Materials included.

Beginning Saturday July 9th – Drop-in family nature programs at Sheep Hill from 9:00am until noon

Guided weekday and Saturday afternoon hikes throughout the summer

*Age ranges may be flexible – please contact us if you would like to enroll a child outside the given age ranges

Pre-registration is required for all summer programs. Space is limited. For more information on fees or for registration forms contact the WRLF at 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, July 19 – Stone Hill
Tuesday, August 16 – Sara Tenney Trail 
Saturday, September 17 – Stone Hill 

Saturday, September 24 – Berlin Loop Trail
Saturday October 22 – Pine Cobble

No advanced registration is required, but interested participants are encouraged to call (413) 458-2494 for more information.  Severe weather cancels.

The WRLF is a non-profit member-supported land conservation trust which helps to manage trails on its own and other conservation properties.  Its Sheep Hill headquarters are located on Cold Spring Road (Route 7) a mile south of the Williamstown rotary. For more information, visit www.wrlf.org or “Like” the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation on Facebook.

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Attorney General’s “Energy and Environment Public Listening Session” – Springfield, MA
RESCHEDULED

Share your concerns about the environment with the Attorney General’s Office

Thursday, June 16
6:00- 8:00 pm
UMass Center in Springfield at Tower Square, 1500 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01115

RSVP: https:// springfieldenvironmentlistenin gsession.eventbrite.com

The Office of Attorney General Maura Healey will be hosting an “Energy and Environment Public Listening Session” on May 4 in Springfield.  This session will be devoted to hearing directly from residents about a range of issues, including: drinking water quality, childhood asthma, lead paint, toxic chemicals in the environment, energy costs and more.This event is free and open to the public.

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Berkshire BioBlitz 2016

Saturday, June 18 @ noon through noon on Sunday, June 19, 2016  (24 hours running)
Base of Mt. Greylock

This coming weekend will be the 7th annual Berkshire Bioblitz June 18-19th noon to noon. It will be held at Mt. Greylock from the visitor center to round rock to Jones Nose. We have about 20 scientists from MA and NY on hand to identify as many living things as we can in a 24 hour period. Birds, reptiles, mammals, plants, fish… everything!

There will be exhibits and information tables set up at the visitor center for both days.

This year’s event is sponsored by the Massachusetts Geographic Alliance under a grant from National Geographic Education Foundation and Elms College and co-sponsored by Dr. Augie’s Science Education Programs and Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT).

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

http://www.berkshirebioblitz.org/

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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Webinar Series —
Understanding & Protecting NEPA to Help Battle Pipelines, Compressors, LNG Exports and Other Environmental Harms.

With 4 Opportunities to Participate.
The Delaware Riverkeeper Network, EarthJustice and Save Our Earth are presenting a webinar (offered at various times for maximum accessibility) about the value and threats to NEPA, and what you can do to protect it from the recent set of house and senate energy bills.
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is one of the first environmental protection laws passed at the federal level. While it does not mandate a particular substantive outcome, it does require our federal agencies to thoroughly investigate and review the environmental and community impacts of their decisions and whether there are other alternatives that could do a better job with a lesser environmental footprint. In the context of pipelines, compressors and LNG export facilities, NEPA is one of the primary mechanisms communities can use to fully understand and vet the impacts of an infrastructure proposal and to make the case that a project should not be approved by the powerful agency that is FERC. It also provides a pathway for engaging the community and informing politicians about a project proposal so they know how best to get engaged.
In recent years NEPA is constantly under threat. In the context of FERC regulated projects both the Senate and the House have advanced proposals that would seriously undermine NEPA review and as a result would further grease the wheels for quick approval by FERC of the many inFRACKstructure projects damaging so many communities.
Maya K. van Rossum
the Delaware Riverkeeper
Delaware Riverkeeper Network
925 Canal Street, Suite 3701, Bristol, PA 19007
Twitter: @DelRiverkeeper

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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: berkshirebioblitz@gmail.com

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

For more details see: https://draugies.wordpress.com/teacher-professional-development

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

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Stop the Pipelines or the People Will — March and Action

July 14-18, 2016
Medway • Walpole • Sharon • Weymouth • West Roxbury • the Statehouse

This is a historic moment: all over the world, people are taking bold direct action to stop new oil, coal and gas infrastructure and demand climate solutions. This July, we’re bringing the momentum to Massachusetts with a massive march and action against new gas pipelines.We’ll spend two days walking the route of Spectra’s proposed Access Northeast pipeline, building community and training ourselves in direct action as we go. Then, we’ll march to West Roxbury to shut down construction on the Spectra pipeline there, alongside our partners from Resist the Pipeline. Finally, we’ll walk together to the State House, where we’ll take bold, visionary action together to show Governor Baker, and our legislators, that we’re ready to do what it takes to stop new fossil fuel pipelines.

The timing couldn’t be better: our legislators and governor are on the verge of major decisions about pipelines and our state’s energy future. This summer could be a turning point for our state, and our climate. You won’t want to miss it!

Dates and locations:

Thursday, July 14 (Medway to Walpole)
Friday, July 15 (Walpole to Sharon)
Saturday, July 16 (Sharon to West Roxbury)
Saturday, July 15 (a separate group will march from Weymouth to join us in West Roxbury)
Sunday, July 17 (West Roxbury to the State House)
Big action at the State House on Monday, July 18
Want to be part of making this historic march a reality? Attend an open volunteer meeting on Sunday, July 12, 10 am to 2 pm at the Democracy Center, 45 Mt. Auburn St. in Cambridge. To get involved in the meantime, email Emily Kirkland, emily@betterfutureproject.org.

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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.

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 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.
More details forthcoming!
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.