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 No Fracked Gas in Mass.  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.


Watch (out) for Earth! Film Showing- Planetary and The Creative Universe


November 29th

As I write this, Paris and Lebanon, and most of the world are reeling from the new level of brutality inflicted on their people in the recent terrorist attacks. In the midst of this threat, in tow weeks, Paris will be hosting what many hope will be a groundbreaking international gathering of climate negotiators. Big demonstrations in support of a strong and meaningful climate negotiatis. Big demonstrations in support of strong and meaningful climate agreements are planned in major cities around the world. Alongside those, on November 28 and 29, one of the global leaders in climate activism, is virtually connecting hundreds of people all over the world that are holding local events, with the view of further actions throughout the next year.

Watch (out) for Earth! is such an event. It will be held at the First Congregational Church in Stockbridge* on Sunday, November 29 from 4pm to 8:30pm to celebrate the beauty and wonder of our planet and join with thousands in sending a strong message to the climate negotiators in Paris: we are watching!

We will show the movie Planetary and afterwards have time for those intereseted to speak about our reactions to the film and about the shift in consciousness the film has as its major thread. 

At 7pm we will show the movie The Creative Universe by Rudiger Sunner (Germany, 2010). This film has not been shown in our area before and speaks to the ‘war of the world view’ so devastatingly apparent in terrorist attacks. It featues interviews with leading scientists who are also spiritual practitioners and shows powerfully that the quest for scientific knowledge and faith or wonder at the miracles of existence are complementary expressions of respect and love for life and the earth: god and science go hand in hand.

We hope you can come for one or both films. Both look deeply at the roots of our love for the planet and the dangerous precipice we have taken it and ourselves to. Each in its own way makes for challenging, moving and awe-inspiring viewing. And they are not just compelling for people who have already been engaged with fighting climate change. That is one of the reasons we wanted to show them, so feel free to bring your family or friends!

As well as a dialogue after Planetary, there will be a ‘photo-op’ (!) for pictures to post on the international Climate Action Day’s website.

Please sign up here to make sure there is space:


There is no entrance fee, but any donation towards the screening fees and room rental is very welcome.

We hope to see you on November 29!

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Global Climate March – Amherst and Northampton

November 29th


5:30 pm Step off at Northampton High School March to City Hall

6:00 pm Rally outside of City Hall

In AMHERST 6:00 – 7:00 pm Rally on Amherst Common

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Nice and Easy Hikes on Mt.Greylock

Easy-paced, 1 to 2 & 1/2 hour, 1 to 3 mile hikes geared especially for seniors, but open to all ages. Various hikes including Rounds Rock; Stony Ledge; wildflower identification; bird viewing or healthy heart trail hike. Be prepared for the weather, wear sturdy footwear; bring a light snack, bug spray, sunscreen and drinking water.

November 23rd
November 30th

Meet at the Visitor Center. Rain Cancels.

For more information CALL (413)-499-4262

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What are Friends For? You tell us!

Saturday, December 5
9 am to 3 pm
VFW Hall 
15 Milford St
Upton, MA 01568

Share Your Group’s Events and Programs!

Part of our program continues the conversation where we left off at last year’s Conference. Your Friends group will have a chance to share the public programs and events that you’ve organized in cooperation with the DCR or that you organize in DCR areas. You can ask for 5, 10 or 20 minutes to talk about and review your best programs or events for the public (and for DCR). Drop us a line and we’ll try to give you a designated time slot. First come, first served, so RSVP right away to

Do you have a question for the Commissioner? 

Send your questions to us and we’ll send them on to the Commissioner:

Please remember to let your group know that they’re all welcome. Registration information will be coming your way as soon as we decide on the menu. Stay tuned!

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Pittsfield Green Drinks


The next Pittsfield Green Drinks is Tuesday December 15th starting at 5:15 pm. 

Hosted by: J Allens Clubhouse Grill, 41 North St, Pittsfield, MA 01201 Please join us starting at 5:15 pm for networking and lively conversation on all things “green”. December’s presenter is Drew Jones who will talk about Saw-whet Owl Banding.

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

What is Green Drinks? Green Drinks is an international forum where people who work in the environmental field meet for a beer and snacks at informal sessions. There will be a lively mix of people from Non-profit organizations, academia, government and business.Green Drinks is a great way of catching up with people you know and for making new contacts. These networking events are very simple and unstructured. Come along and you’ll be made welcome. For more information about Pittsfield Green Drinks, contact Elia Del Molino at BEAT ( or 413-230-7321).

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Athol Bird Club Activities

Field Trips & Meetings 2015 Athol Bird and Nature Club Events
Unless otherwise noted, programs are free and open to all, meet at the Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main Street, Athol.If weather is questionable on a field trip day, please call the trip leader at least an hour before the scheduled meeting time

Saturday November 28, 8:00 am  Late Fall Migrants at Plum Island NEW Event!

Joan and Larry Duprey will be leading this trip to one of the best birding spots in the Eastern United States. Migrating waterfowl and seabirds should be present in good numbers and anything can show up on the island. Meet at the Center 8:00 am Those members to our East may wish to meet in Amesbury call Larry and Joan for details Info: Joan or Larry Duprey, 978-249-4964 

Wednesday, December 9, 7 p.m.         Members’ Night at the Center

Come to the Center to share your experiences, trips and photographs with other members.  Plan for about 10-15 minutes, so we’ll have time for everyone! MREC 100 Main Street Athol

Saturday, December 19, all day                    Christmas Bird Count 

Join this “Citizen Science” project, the longest continuously running bird data in the area. Contact Dave Small for additional information and to participate in this nationwide annual event: 978-413-1772 or

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BNRC Hikes – November and December

Sun, December 13, 10:00am – 12:30pm
Terrain: Hiking Trails, moderate elevation changes
Distance: 1.8 miles
Pace/Time: Easy/2.5hours
Description: Constitution Hill is a beautiful loop trail running over an old farm. Come out and enjoy this beautiful, historic loop hike. Please wear blaze orange and sturdy footwear; bring water and a snack.
Directions: From Pittsfield, go north on Rt. 7. In Lanesboro, take a left onto Bridge Street (if you reach the Old Forge, then you’ve gone too far). Park at the end of Bridge Street near the kiosk.
Email with any questions.

Woodchuck Wednesdays Winter Session at Sheep Hill

Wednesday afternoon outdoor and nature drop off program at Sheep Hill, Williamstown. Pre-registration suggested.

January 6th

January 13th
January 20th
January 27th

The Williamstown Rural Lands is offering a Wednesday afternoon nature play drop off program at its Sheep Hill headquarters in Williamstown for first through fourth graders, 1:45 to 4:00 PM, every Wednesday beginning January 6 and running through January 27.  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 winter activities such as sledding, tracking, baking, stories, games, and crafts.

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 snow or shine. Students should dress warmly for outdoor activities.  Space is limited and pre-registration is suggested.

The fee for the four-week series is $40 for WRLF members and $55 for non-members. Individual sessions are $12 for WRLF members and $15 for non-members. A snack will be provided.

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

First through fourth graders, 1:45 to 4:00 PM, January 6 through January 27.

Fee for all sessions: Members $40/Non-members $55
Individual session: Members $12/Non-members $15

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Holiday Farmers Market

Local Cheeses, Meats, Vegetables, Breads, Apples, Yams & More

+Music, Food, & Activities for Kids


Monument Valley Middle School

Monument Valley Road
Saturday 10AM – 2 PM

Nov 21, Dec 19 (2015) Jan 16, Feb 13 (2016)


Williams College Towne Field House

Latham Street
Sundays 10AM – 2PM

November 22, December 20 (2015)

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Pittsfield Tree Watch

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

Berkshire Conservation District Meeting

The Berkshire Conservation District holds open public meetings every third Tuesday of the month at 4pm at 78 Center Street, Room 206, Conte Federal Building in Pittsfield. In cooperation with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, the district provides technical assistance to landowners in the conservation and management of natural resources throughout the county. The district is a sponsor of the state-wide Massachusetts Envirothon and provides scholarships to Berkshire Community College and UMASS students. The district is governed by seven supervisors who serve for three year terms. The current slate of supervisors are: Robert Lear, Chairman Tony Boyer, Vice-Chair Kevin Zimmer, Treasurer Dave Jurczak, Dennis Mareb Ned Kirchner, Bill Florek The public are welcome to attend monthly meetings. For more information please call the office at (413) 443-1776 or visit the website: return to top

Green Drinks Hudson

Please join us for our inaugural Green Drinks!Green Drinks is a monthly international event for people interested in conservation, sustainability and meeting new people who share a common interest.Columbia Land Conservancy will be hosting this fun event on the third Tuesday of the month at Helsinki Hudson.  Please pass along to anyone who might be interested! Every third Tuesday of the month  Time: 5:30 PM Where: Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY For more information: email Heidi at or go to or return to top

Green Drinks-Great Barrington

The next Great Barrington Green Drinks is Thursday, October 1st from 5:30pm at The Prairie Whale178 Main Street in GB.

This month we’ll hear from Hans Carlson, director of Great Mountain Forest in nearby northwestern CT. He’ll tell us about the significance of this 6,000 acre tract which is the largest conservation easement in southern New England and contains a 40 acre patch of old-growth hemlock, pine and hardwood. More info about GMF at their site, here.
And as usual, there will be free snacks and copies of the current issue of Orion available for your enjoyment.
What’s Green Drinks? It’s a monthly social event hosted by the folks who create Orion magazine for people like you and I interested in everything from environmental education to local agriculture, the arts, green business & design, and the ways all of these intersect.

So grab a friend or two and bring them down to share what you’re working on (green or not) and meet others active in the community.
Please forward this on to your friends & contacts…the more the merrier.

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

Welcome back to the Fall season of Green Night! Hope you had a good August. The Western Mass Green Consortium’s monthly Green Night information and networking event resumes on Wednesday, September 9 at 5:00 pm in the Clarion Hotel, Northampton.

Our topic is “The Affordable Energy Retrofit: the space between MassSave and Deep Energy Retrofits.” Come learn from and discuss with a panel of experts what can be done AFTER you have taken advantage of the MassSave program’s free energy audit, and up to $2,000 in free air sealing and insulation improvements to make your home or business highly energy efficient. While a deep energy retrofit will radically reduce energy consumption, its substantial cost can require decades-long commitment to the property. For those with shorter term commitments and smaller renovation budgets there are many options for achieving substantial energy savings while staying within your budget. Come join the discussion.

Our Presenters:

Adin Maynard, owner of HIS and HERS Energy Efficiency
Prior Business Manager of Cozy Home, home performance company.
Innovated an online behavioral efficiency program.
Consulted in Mass Save Policy changes.
Sean Jeffords, President of Beyond Green Construction
His company specializes in Mass Save incentivized home improvement and all phases of deep energy retrofitting. They have completed several of the first pilot DER’s in this region.
He lead the 2008 retrofit of The Northampton Brewery .
In 2009 he founded the Western Mass Green Consortium and has been a major contributor since.
In 2013 Business West named him one of the “40 Under Forty to Watch” entrepreneurs and he was awarded the (USGBC MA West ) Green Giant Award for Green Building advancement.
Jamie Callan, Building Performance Specialist for Center for EcoTechnology
19 years of experience with Residential Renovation work.
Prior positions as Home Auditor ,Technical Assistant and Quality Insurance inspector for NYSERDA and MassSave.
Currently works as a HERS rater, IECC Code tester and performs consulting and diagnostic evaluations on new and existing buildings.
Our Sponsor: We are pleased to have Energia as our sponsor for this presentation. Based in Holyoke, Energia is an insulation services contractor providing air sealing and insulation to residential and commercial customers, including major energy conservation projects at area colleges.

Bring your news and announcements to share at 5:30 pm!

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Springfield, MA Green Drinks

Theodores’ Blues Booze & BBQ in Springfield, Massachusetts Who We Are Green Drinks Springfield is the local Springfield, MA meetup for citzens, professionals, and public servants interested in sustainability, renewable energy, all things “green,” the environment, and the new Green Movement. Whether a seasoned professional in a green business or just curious to find out what the buzz is about you are welcome! Green Drinks is an agenda-less, non-dues-paying open social event. Come and find out more! Where You Can Find Us Online: Occurs the 1st Thursday of every Month, 5:30-7:30 at Theodores’ Blues Booze & BBQ in Springfield, Massachusetts

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North County Green Drinks

Greetings Green Compatriots!
November is upon us and we will hold Green Drinks on the first Thursday, as always, at the Purple Pub Annex from 5:30-7 p.m.
Rough Schedule:
5:30-5:45: Chatting
5:45-6: Brief introductions around the room
6-6:15: Nancy Nylen will talk about renewable energy efforts and programs at the state and regional level, followed by discussion on this topic.
6:15– 7: Discussion.
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Pittsfield Green Drinks

– a gathering of people interested in conservation and environmental issues – all welcome – every 3rd Tuesday of the month – graciously hosted by J Allens Clubhouse Grill 41 North St, Pittsfield, MA 01201Tuesday August 18thstarting at 5:15 pmsponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) Hosted by: J Allens Clubhouse Grill, 41 North St, Pittsfield, MA 01201 Please join us starting at 5:15 pm for networking and lively conversation on all things “green”. September’s presenter is Berkshire Photovoltaic Service’s (BPVS) Chris Kilfoyle. Chris will talk about “Solar and net Metering”- Valuing solar benefits to Massachusetts.

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

What is Green Drinks? Green Drinks is an international forum where people who work in the environmental field meet for a beer and snacks at informal sessions. There will be a lively mix of people from Non-profit organizations, academia, government and business.Green Drinks is a great way of catching up with people you know and for making new contacts. These networking events are very simple and unstructured. Come along and you’ll be made welcome. For more information about Pittsfield Green Drinks, contact Elia Del Molino at BEAT ( or 413-230-7321). return to top

Athol Bird & Nature Club Field Trips & Meetings 2014 Unless otherwise noted, programs meet at the Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main Street, Athol.If weather is questionable on a field trip day, please call the trip leader at least an hour before the scheduled meeting time. Expanded Center hours: Tuesdays 9:30 to 1:30 and 4:30 to 7:30,  Wednesdays 9:30 to 1:30 and Thursdays 4:30 to 7:30Welcome to our new members and thanks to the over 212 supporters who have already joined or renewed their memberships. If you haven’t already renewed your membership you may use the  Online ABNC membership Form or the printable membership form and make check payable to ABNC and mail to us at 100 Main Street Athol Ma 01331 Dating back to the turn of the century, when some progressive bird lovers suggested counting live birds instead of shooting them as part of a Christmas tradition, National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Counts take place all over our hemisphere. Participants identify and count all birds seen, and data is collected at a wrap-up pot-luck at the end of the day. Helpers at all levels of experience welcome! Contact if you would like to take part on foot, by car, or by counting birds at your birdfeeder. 11 French Drive Boylston, MA http://www.towerhillbg.orgreturn to top

Berkshire Museum Adventures

About the exhibitionAbout the Berkshire Museum Located in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts, at 39 South St., the Berkshire Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $13 adult, $6 child; Museum members and children age 3 and under enjoy free admission. For more information, or call 413.443.7171. In association with the Smithsonian since 2013, Berkshire Museum is part of a select group of museums, cultural, educational, and arts organizations that share the Smithsonian’s resources with the nation. Established by Zenas Crane in 1903, Berkshire Museum integrates art, history, and natural science in a wide range of programs and exhibitions that inspire educational connections between the disciplines. Festival of Trees 2014: On Safariis on view through January 4, 2015. Objectify: A Look into the Permanent Collection is currently on view. Little Cinema is open year-round. Spark!Lab, Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation, Worlds in Miniature, Aquarium, and other exhibits are ongoing. Fridays, 11 a.m. Explore the aquarium plus three more galleries! Each week will feature a different experience: songs, stories, scavenger hunts, play time, and more. Program geared towards children 18 months to 3 years. Older and younger siblings are always welcome! Free with Museum admission. Chow Time Saturdays, 12:30 p.m. Join our staff in the aquarium for an interactive look at what it takes to feed some of Berkshire Museum’s most interesting residents. With your help we’ll prepare some heaping salads for some of our largest reptiles as we discuss what the aquarium animals eat here in the Museum and what they would find in the wild. Free with Museum admission. return to to

350 Berkshire Node: Monthly Meeting

Please join 350Mass Berkshire Node for our monthly meeting on Wednesday, at the UU Church, 175 Wendell Ave. in Pittsfield.

For additional information, please visit our website:

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