Regional Calendar of Events
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 environmental events shaping our future.
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- 7/28—-Pittsfield Beautiful Weeding – Pittsfield
- 7/28—Friday Field Group – Madigan Road Clay Plains – Schaghticoke, NY
- 7/29—-Monthly Town Cleanup – Lee
- 7/29—-Guided Hike – North Adams
- 7/29—-Underwater River Snorkel Training – Chester
- 7/30—-ABNC Open House – Athol
- 7/31—-Pittsfield Beautiful Weeding – Pittsfield
- 8/1—-Eversource Rate Change Hearing – Pittsfield
- 8/2—-Berkshire Residents Free Admin to Pleasant Valley – Lenox
- 8/3—-Northern Berkshire Green Drinks – Williamstown
- 8/4—-Pittsfield Beautiful Weeding – Pittsfield
- 8/4—Friday Field Group – Pine Bush – Colonie, NY
- 8/5—-Alander Mountain Guided Hike – Mt. Washington
- 8/5—-Underwater River Snorkel Training – Chester
- 8/5-8/6—-A Weekend of 4 Wilderness Skills Workshops – Conway
- 8/6—-Berkshire Mycological Society Hike – Sheffield
- 8/6—-Guided Canoe Trip on the Housatonic – Lenox
- 8/6—-Loon Moon Canoe Trip – Becket
- 8/6—-ABNC Open House – Athol
- 8/7—-Pittsfield Beautiful Weeding – Pittsfield
- 8/8—-Pittsfield Tree Watch Pruning Class – Pittsfield
- 8/10—-Pittsfield Tree Watch – Pittsfield
- 8/11—-Pittsfield Beautiful Weeding – Pittsfield
- 8/11—Friday Field Group – Wynants Kill, Averill Park – Sand Lake NY
- 8/11-13—Northeast Organic Farming Assn Summer Conference – Amherst
- 8/12—-Master Gardener’s Assn. Q & A – Pittsfield
- 8/12—-Song of the Forest: Understanding Bird Language – Lenox
- 8/12—-Butterflies & Dragonflies – Belchertown
- 8/13—-Farmer Olympics – Pittsfield
- 8/13—-Berkshire Mycological Society Hike – Lenox
- 8/13—-Canoe Trip to Upper and Lower Goose Ponds – Lee
- 8/14—-Pittsfield Beautiful Weeding – Pittsfield
- 8/15—-Raptor Identification – Northfield
- 8/16—-350 MA Node Monthly Meeting – Pittsfield
- 8/16—-4th Annual Watershed Blitz – Chester
- 8/18—-Pittsfield Beautiful Weeding – Pittsfield
- 8/18—Friday Field Group – Upper Schodack Creek – Schodack, NY
- 8/19—-Guided Hike – North Adams
- 8/19—-ABNC Open House – Athol
- 8/20—-Berkshire Mycological Society Hike – Sheffield
- 8/20—-Naturalist Guided Canoe Trip on the Housatonic – Lenox
- 8/21—-Pittsfield Beautiful Weeding – Pittsfield
- 8/23—-Evening at the Beaver Ponds – Lenox
- 8/25—-Pittsfield Beautiful Weeding – Pittsfield
- 8/25—-Evening Nighthawk Watch – Pittsfield
- 8/26—-Evening Nighthawk Watch – Pittsfield
- 8/25—Friday Field Group – Poestenkill Community Forest – East Poestenkill, NY
- 8/27—-Berkshire Mycological Society Hike – South Egremont
- 8/27—-Naturalist Guided Canoe Trip at October Mountain – Becket
- 8/28—-Pittsfield Beautiful Weeding – Pittsfield
- 8/28-9/1—-Leave No Trace Master Educator Course – Sugar Grove, VA
- 8/30—-Evening at the Beaver Ponds – Lenox
- 9/3—-Berkshire Mycological Society Hike – Sheffield
- 9/4—-Pittsfield Beautiful Weeding – Pittsfield
- 9/8—-Pittsfield Beautiful Weeding – Pittsfield
- 9/8—Friday Field Group – Hudson River Shoreline survey – Castleton-on-Hudson, NY
- 9/9—-Riverside Trails Conference – Great Barrington
- 9/10—-2nd Annual Hullabaloo at GBLC – Great Barrington
- 9/10—-Berkshire Mycological Society Hike – Lenox
- 9/11—-Pittsfield Beautiful Weeding – Pittsfield
- 9/15—-Pittsfield Beautiful Weeding – Pittsfield
- 9/15—Friday Field Group – Asters and Goldenrods with Steve Young – Schenectady, NY
- 9/15-/17—-Earthcare Festival – Cummington
- 9/17—-Interpretive Stroll on the River Walk – Great Barrington
- 9/17—-Berkshire Mycological Society Hike – Sheffield
- 9/16-9/17—-SAVE THE DATE! Berkshire Bioblitz – Great Barrington
- 9/18—-Pittsfield Beautiful Weeding – Pittsfield
- 9/19—Becket Energy Committee Information Session – Becket
- 9/22—-Pittsfield Beautiful Weeding – Pittsfield
- 9/22—Friday Field Group – Otter Creek Delta (Tomhannock Reservoir) – Pittstown, NY
- 9/23—-Woods & Trails : A Pathway Forward – Sheffield
- 9/24—-Interpretive Stroll on the River Walk – Great Barrington
- 9/24—-Berkshire Mycological Society Hike – Stockbridge
- 9/25—-Pittsfield Beautiful Weeding – Pittsfield
- 9/29—-Pittsfield Beautiful Weeding – Pittsfield
- 10/1—-Interpretive Stroll on the River Walk – Great Barrington
- 10/8—-Berkshire Mycological Society Hike – Lenox
- 10/15—-Berkshire Mycological Society Hike – Sheffield
- 10/22—-Berkshire Mycological Society Hike – TBA
- 10/29—-Berkshire Mycological Society Hike – Sheffield
BEAT Special Events
Housatonic River Cleanup
Saturday, July 15 | 9 AM – 1 PM
Wahconah Park | Pittsfield
Ladies and gentlemen it’s Housatonic River clean up time! Thanks to past efforts we’re helping turn this river around. We need your help to continue. No skill required! We provide gloves and some waders (but if you have your own bring those, too), also any clippers or loppers are always appreciated.
Dress for the weather and bring a refillable water bottle – we will have water for refills on hand.
Free Lunch! Free Blue Q goodie bags!
ORGANIZED BY BERKSHIRE ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION TEAM AND THE HOUSATONIC VALLEY ASSOCIATION WITH SUPPORT FROM THE CITY OF PITTSFIELD AND AMERICAN RIVERS, AND DONATIONS FROM ALNASCO, ANNIE SELKE, BNRC, BLUE Q, GUIDOS, AND PANERA BREAD.
Sunday, July 16 | 9:45 AM – 12 noon
We will meet at the boat ramp/fishing pier parking lot and hike into the woods to some of the major patches of invasive kiwi that need pulling. On the way, we will pass a patch that we pulled in November 2015, so you can see what a difference we are making!
Please bring a refillable water bottle – we will have water on hand for refills. If you have work gloves, clippers, or loppers please bring them; but we will have them on hand for you to borrow if you don’t have them. Lightweight long sleeves and long pants recommended as well as bug repellent of your choice. There are ticks in these woods.
BEAT’s Monthly Wildlife Tracking Club
1st Wednesday and 3rd Saturday of the month
9 AM – 12 noon
Locations will vary throughout Berkshire County
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.
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
BEAT Weekly Kiwi Cutting at Burbank Park
Year-round, Thursday mornings, 8:30 – 10:30 AM
Location: Contact Jane for where we are meeting this week [email protected] or 413-230-7321 (cell)
Get your morning exercise and help eradicate this destructive invasive at the same time! Gloves and tools will be provided, but we encourage you to bring extra tools if you have them (loppers, pruning sheers, and pruning saws). Hardy Kiwi is an exotic invasive ornamental that threatens forests in western Massachusetts through complete domination of mature trees. Once it germinates, it will climb surrounding vegetation and eventually kill its support. Hardy kiwi can grow over 20 feet in a year. It has become a major problem in places such as Kennedy Park and Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, and now Burbank Park.
Contact: Please call Jane Winn at [email protected] or call 413-230-7321 if you are planning to attend.
Pittsfield Green Drinks
Sponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)
J. Allen’s Clubhouse, 41 North Street, 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.
Great Barrington Green Drinks
Great Barrington Green Drinks on Hiatus until September 2017.
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.
Northern Berkshire Green Drinks
Purple Pub Annex, Spring St., Williamstown, MA
Pittsfield Tree Watch Monthly Meeting
July 13, August 10, September 12, October 12, November 10, December 8
Second Thursday of every month | 4 – 5:30 PM
Pittsfield Senior Center, 330 North Street, Pittsfield
TREE OF THE MONTH: Hawthorn
See info sheet HERE
FREE TREE PRUNING CLINIC w/Bob Presutti
Next Date : August 8th
Second Tuesday of the month | 5 PM – 6:30 PM
Meet in the Parking Lot at 874 North Street Bring tree/shrub concerns, gloves, and tools for evaluation.
Upcoming Clinics: July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10 from 5 -6:30 PM; November 14 from 4 – 5:30 PM
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!
Hilltown Chautauqua Earthcare Festival
September 15 – 17, 2017
Bryant Homestead | Cummington, MA
More info coming soon!
Woods & Trails : A Pathway Forward
Saturday, September 23 | 9:30 AM – 4 PM
Sheffield Town Park
Frederick Lane (off Miller Ave) | Sheffield, MA
A family friendly Celebration of the Town of Sheffield for Berkshire County residents, Community Groups, Natural Resource Professionals, and Environmental Educators. This event aims to highlight and inspire other communities of the values of sustainable community forestry in Massachusetts. Participants will have the opportunity to partake in Guided Field Tours that will give an overview of Sheffield Town Forests as well as visits to local businesses that use wood products. Full details here.