Calendar of Events

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

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Bascom Lodge
atop Mount Greylock
Adams, Massachusetts

Wednesday, October 2: Virtual Tour of the New England Sky and an introduction to amateur astronomy groups.  Lobby, 6pm. Free.
Kevin Collins of the Amherst Astronomy Association presents a guide to understanding the stars up above and how to participate in local astronomy groups.
His talk will include information on the much anticipated Comet Ison, whose appearance in the northern hemisphere in late November and December coould rival that of Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake.
If the sky is clear there will be a short observing session outside the lodge after dinner, dress warm.

Wednesday, October 9: Boreal Forest Ecology Slideshow & Walk with Aimee Gelinas
Learn about the ecology of high elevation Boreal forests of Western MA found only at elevations over 2000ft such as Mt Greylock Summit and Tamarack Hollow in Windsor, MA.  After a short, easy plant/tree ID walk, learn more about the indicator species of this forest type such as Balsam Fir, Red Spruce, Clintonia Borealis, Bunchberry and more in an informative slideshow narration led by naturalist and cultural educator Aimee Gelinas M.Ed, founder and director of Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center. Email to register. Program is free, donations accepted.
Meet in Lobby, 6pm.
Visit for additional nature programs.

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BNRC September events:

Birding Beyond Your Backyard
Richmond                                                                  Saturday September 28th @ 8:00am

Join BNRC and the Hoffmann Bird Club at Richmond Pond for this beginner's bird-walk. A great opportunity for one-on-one learning with experienced birders.

October events:

Brothers Trail and Lenox Overlook
Lenox, Richmond, Stockbridge                                                   Sunday October 6th @ 2pm

We'll show you a little-known overlook with great views and bring you home via the brand new Brothers Trail.

Hollow Fields Reserve
Richmond                                                                   Wednesday October 9th @ 9:00am

Let us introduce you to our newest Reserve! We'll show you around the fields and get you oriented so you can explore widely on your return visits.

Constitution Hill Bird Walk
Lanesboro                                                                    Saturday October 26th @ 8:00am

We'll show you where to find birds in autumn.  A great hike in any season!

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Cultivating Strategies Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow

When: Thursday, September 26, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM.
Where: Court Square by the Town Common, Greenfield, MA.
If rain - the Pushkin at Main and Federal Streets
What: Greenfield Master Plan Fall Gathering - a kid-friendly event.

12 interactive tents! 
Come see what the Master Planning Committee has come up with on how to implement our vision of a more Sustainable Greenfield and
cast your vote.
Add your strategies, thoughts, and ideas! 
Talk with your neighbors about what you love about Greenfield, and your dreams such things as more activities for kids, skate parks, dog parks, jobs, and affordable housing that will create better Greenfield! Engage in creating sidewalk chalk art, games at a “park-lette,” and decorate an “implementation tree” that will display attendees’ ideas for how Greenfield can become a more sustainable community.

Don’t miss out! 
This is the second of three Community gatherings! 

Can’t come? 
Share your ideas online! Click on MindMixer at
 or Facebook:

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MACC’s Fall Training Schedule Taking Shape!

Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners - via WEBINAR! Units 3 & 5
Webinar—taught live via the internet

Unit 5 - Wetland Functions and Values:
Thursday, September 26, 6 – 8:30 pm

Whether you’re a new Commissioner or a long-serving veteran wanting a refresher course, consider taking one or more units of MACC’s Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners this fall. Units 3 & 5 will be offered in Webinar Format on two separate dates in September.

For information and to register see MACC Programs. Register online here.

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Bird Walks at Canoe Meadows
Sponsored by Berkshire Sanctuaries

Fri, Sep 27, 2013 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Location: Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA
Instructor: Noreen Mole - Volunteer, Hoffmann Bird Club Past President
Audience: Adult
Members: free for members
Nonmembers: Adult $3.00

Spring and fall are the seasons to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood-warblers. Walk past wetlands and meadows and through woodlands observing changes in bird species each week. Preregistration is not required.

Instructions and Directions: Bring binoculars; beginners welcome. 

Registration not required.

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September 28th 10:00am to 5:00pm.
UMass Agricultural Learning Center

5 UMass Student Gardens in 1 Day Tour

Tour includes a stop at the Renaissance Center’s historical 16th century Kitchen Garden from 3pm to 5pm. Free of charge and open to all. Contact the UMass Agricultural Center for all information and questions at (413) 545-6325 or by email.

Our garden designer and head gardener, Jennie Bergeron, will be on hand from 3:00pm-5:00pm to answer questions about how Europeans during the 16th and 17th centuries lived and grew herbs and common vegetables.  She will also have samples of herb tea from the period.

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Kitchen Ka-Boom
Saturday, September 28, 11 a.m.
Free with Museum admission; registration is required; call 413.443.7171 ext 10.
Pretend to be a mad scientist performing thrilling - and fun - science experiments! Join our science educators for a morning of fun and wacky experiments! All experiments are kid-safe and can be recreated using items found in almost any kitchen. This is a limited space ticketed event that is free with Museum admission. Reservations are required; adult must accompany child (program is designed for children in grades K - 5).


Museum Day Live
Saturday, September 28, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Berkshire Museum will open its doors free of charge to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket on Saturday September 28, 2013, as part of Smithsonian magazine's ninth annual Museum Day Live! The Museum Day Live! ticket is available to download at One ticket is permitted per household, for two people, per email address.

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Massachusetts Town Forests Centennial - Town Forests: Past & Present

Saturday, September 28, 2013
8:30AM - 4PM
Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, Fitchburg
1050 Westminster Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420

One hundred years ago, Massachusetts became the first in the country to pass the historic Town Forest Act, allowing for the acquisition of town forest land across the Commonwealth. On September 28th, we will honor this anniversary with a centennial celebration and conference in the city of Fitchburg—the home to the first town forest in Massachusetts.

The conference will highlight the beneficial role that town forests have played in urban and rural communities in Massachusetts and beyond, feature recent community stories of innovative and collaborative management, and provide strategies and recommendations for the future of the forests. The conference will provide ample opportunity for networking for the diverse professionals and volunteers that play a collaborative role in the management of the Commonwealth’s community forests, including foresters, town planners, arborists, conservation commission members, land trusts, non-profit organizations and many more.

Afternoon field visits will tour a well-managed water supply, followed by a free beer tasting from Wachusett Brewing Company!

To see speaker information and more information, and to register for this conference, simply click/enter this web address

Call 413-212-3039 or email at if you have questions.

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The Trustees of Reservations invites you to join Richard Hamilton, geologist and teacher, at Field Farm in Williamstown on Saturday September 28 at 1 PM for an interpretive hike to the section of Field Farm known as the Caves lot.  Mr. Hamilton will discuss the geologic history leading to the formation of the caves.  The walk will begin at the Field Farm trail parking area and is free and open to the public. 

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 call 413-684-0148, email or visit

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Small Fish and Invertebrates

At Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA
Saturday, September 28/12:30-2 pm
Leader: Gayle Tardif-Raser, Education Coordinator
Free to members and nonmembers

This program will focus on Fish and Cold Water Streams, and participants will catch and release small fish in Sackett Brook. There will also be discussion of cold water streams and their value to fish, reptiles, amphibians and macro-invertebrates.  This program is appropriate for families with children age 5 and up. Meet at the public parking area off Holmes Road.

Registration required.

Please contact:
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
472 West Mountain Road
Lenox, MA  01240

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Hebert Arboretum at Springside Park, 874 North Street, Pittsfield, Mass. 01201   “Just North of Downtown”
P.O. Box 344, Pittsfield, Mass. 01202  ~  413-443-5348 ~

September 28, Saturday, NOON Meet at Springside House
Informational Nature Hike following the Springside Summit Meeting
Springside Conservancy will meet from 10am-12pm with many organizations and groups involved in the park, neighbors and other interested parties to discuss ways to preserve and maintain the park through collaboration, then lead an informal walk at noon open to the public, appreciating the natural and historic value of Pittsfield's largest park.

Events are FREE though Donations are appreciated as they support the arboretum.
All ages welcome. MEET at Springside House ~ Information: 413-443-5348
Sponsored by The Vincent J. Hebert Arboretum at Springside Park in cooperation with the City of Pittsfield Parks Commission, Department of Community Development/Long Range Park Planning and Pittsfield Beautiful, Inc. and  groups mentioned.

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WILDERNESS EXTRAVAGANZA: A Weekend of Wilderness Skills Workshops

Join Earthwork Programs and a community of beginners and experience alike for our 1st Wilderness Extravaganza: A Weekend of Wilderness Skills Workshops! Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, in Conway, MA. These Workshops are for adults. Pre-registration is required; first come, first served!

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Art of Navigation $35 prepaid; $45 paid day of
1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wild Edibles $40 prepaid; $50 paid day of
6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Night Navigation & Storytelling $35 prepaid; $45 paid day of

SUNDAY, 9/29
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Seeing through the Eyes of Animals(Tracking) $35 prepaid; $45 paid day of
1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Trapping--the Sacred Harvest $35 prepaid; $45 paid day of
Register online ( Register) -- check the Wilderness Living Skills box and note in Extra Information comment box which Workshops you want to attend.

BE SURE TO REGISTER & PAY EARLY FOR THE DISCOUNT Call 413-340-1161 if you want more info!

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Locking Down On Keystone XL: A Night with Tim Dechristopher and the Westborough 8

Sunday, Sept. 29th, 7-9PM: First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 3 Church St Cambridge

After two years in jail for disrupting an oil and gas auction, Tim DeChristopher has arrived in Boston.  On Sunday September 29th, Tim will host a fundraiser and movement-building event with theWestborough 8, eight youth who chained and superglued themselves earlier this year into the MA office of TransCanada to protest the company locking their generation into climate disaster by building the Keystone XL pipeline.

Tim and the Westborough 8 will reflect on the role of civil disobedience in the climate justice movement and the choice facing each and every one of us as Obama’s moment of decision on the Keystone XL pipeline quickly approaches.

Tickets for the event will be $25 ($10 for students) and can be purchased at the door or on eventbrite. If you would like to attend the event but $25 (or $10) presents a hardship, please email us at

Proceeds from the event will go to covering the legal and action costs for the Westborough 8, which total $5190. Any additional funds will be donated to the four activists with Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands facing felony charges for their lock-down against the expansion of Enbridge’s Line 6B pipeline, which in 2010 spilled more than 1 million gallons of tar sands oil into the Kalamazoo River.

**If you can't attend the event but still want to help the Westborough 8 cover their action costs, please donate here.


Peace and Solidarity,



Dorian Sosnick Williams
Brandeis University Class of 2013

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Williams College Center for Environmental Studies Fall Events

9/27 Log Lunch, Spider Silk: Evolution and 400 Million Years of Spinning, Waiting, Snagging, and Mating, Leslie Brunetta, author,
Noon, The Log, 78 Spring Street, reservations:

10/1 Will Miami Drown and What Does It Mean to Me? Fatalism, Activism, and Leadership Careers for a Hotter World
Eban Goodstein, Director, Bard Center for Environmental Policy, Class of 1960 Scholars Lecture,
7:30 pm, Griffin 3

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South Berkshire Waste Oil Paint and Used Motor Oil Collection

On Wednesday, October 2, from 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., the South Berkshire Household Hazardous Waste Collaborative will hold a paint and oil collection at the Great Barrington Recycling Center for the 16 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, Sandisfield, 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 some non-profits. 

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. 10 or 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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5th Massachusetts Green Career Conference
Your Future in Clean Energy and Sustainability
Thursday, October 3, 2013 @ Marlborough Holiday Inn
Our first four conferences were sold out in advance.
Register @



Massachusetts Green Careers
Massachusetts has become a national leader in environmental-related job creation, most notably in energy efficiency and renewable energy.  The State is also forging ahead with “green infrastructure” solutions, land conservation, smart growth, and much more.
Deval Patrick  Governor of Massachusetts (Invited)
Kevin Doyle  Principal, Green Economy; NE Clean Energy Council, Workforce Development

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Sustainability and The Green Supply Chain
Sustainability careers are on the rise.  Hear from a sustainability expert about the greening of customers and markets, and associated careers in procurement and purchasing.
Anna Escuer Product Sustainability Services Consultant, Environmental Resources Management

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Agriculture:  Re-imagining the Farm and Land Care Role in the 21st Century
Learn about new farming programs, the Massachusetts Farm Employment Directory, careers/stakeholders associated with growing local and organic food, and land care.
Kathleen Carroll  Director, UMass Extension Agriculture & Green Industry Program, Amherst
Steve Verrill  Owner, Verrill Farm, Concord, MA
Margiana Petersen-Rockney  Coordinator, MA Beginning Farmer Network; Farmer, Rosasharn


Green Building Science and Careers
Many professionals and non-professionals gain by a better understanding of building science principles and sustainability.  Learn about careers and the green building industry.
Matt Anderson  Manager, Certification Development, Building Performance Institute
Guy Compagnone  Director of Sustainable Practices/LEED AP+, SFP, Chapman Construction
Grey Lee  Executive  Director, US Green Building Council, Massachusetts Chapter

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Help Wanted:  Employer-Hiring Snapshots
Hear from employers.  Get the scoop on their recent hires, current openings, and future prospects.
National Grid
Next Step Living
Solar City

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Materials Management:  A Complex Lifecycle
Learn about stakeholders who understand the lifecycle of materials, who work with companies and the public to reduce the negative environmental health impacts of materials that we produce, purchase and throw away.
Paul Degnan  Plant Manager, EL Harvey


Environmental Protection:  The Everyday Heroes Among Us
Environmental professionals protect air, land, and water resources.  They work on walkable and bikeable communities, resource conservation, ecological restoration, smart growth, wildlife protection, and practices that minimize environmental impacts of development in our communities.
Ken Kimmell  Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Wendi Goldsmith  Founder and CEO, Bioengineering Group
Michele Girard  Associate Director, MA Association of Conservation Commissions

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Green Career Pipelines and Internships
Real world experience prepares future workers and leaders.  Connecting students and employers is essential for a healthy workforce and sustainable development.
Dawn Chavez  Director, Boston Youth Environmental Network
Gina Parente  Education Program and Lecture Coordinator, New England Aquarium
Nicole Collins  Career Consultant and Internship Coordinator, Unity College
Michelle Waters-Ekanem  Director, Diversity & Outreach, MA Dept of Environmental Protection
Arthur Natella  Project Coordinator, Workforce Development, MA Clean Energy Center
Blake Jackson  Sustainability Practice Leader, TKA Architects; Instructor, Boston Arch. College


Green Nonprofits:  A Grassroots Approach
What are their missions?  What are typical careers in nonprofits?  What are the many benefits? Hear the success stories of nonprofits.
Audrey Schulman  President, Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET)
DeAnne Dupont  Co-Founder, Arlington Food Recovery
Sylvia Broude  Director, Toxics Action Center
Jocelyn Forbush  VP Program Leadership, The Trustees of Reservations




Greening the Auto Industry:  Hybrid & Electric Vehicles (EV, HEV, PHEVs)
Learn about technology and careers in the green auto industry. The future of jobs in the private sector depends on well trained auto techs who have the skills to fix the new generation of electric and hybrid cars.
Craig Van Batenburg  CEO, ACDC-Auto Careers Development Center for Hybrid & Electric Cars
Nicholas Medeiros  Automotive Instructor, Greater New Bedford Voc. Technical High School

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The Clean Energy Story in Massachusetts:  Policies and Careers
Why is Massachusetts one of the top clean energy states in the nation?  What’s new in clean energy careers? Learn about our need for clean energy, successful policies, and clean energy job trends in Massachusetts.
Kevin Doyle  Principal, Green Economy; NE Clean Energy Council, Workforce Development
Phil Jordan  VP, BW Research; Author, Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry (Jobs) Report

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Trees and Forestry:  Embracing Green Guardianship
The benefits of trees are many (shade, clean air, aesthetics, materials).  Tree wardens, foresters, and arborists care for our New England trees challenged by storms, disease, pests, and commercial use.
Mike Downing  Service Forester, MA Department of Conservation & Recreation
Karen Doherty  Executive Director, MA Tree Wardens and Foresters Association (Invited)


Workforce Training Funds:  Resources for Businesses
Workforce and sustainable development go hand-in-hand.  The Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund provides $5K for new hires and up to $250K in training funds to businesses in Massachusetts.  Companies that seek resources to go green and train employees should check out these resources!
Mike Corcoran  Operations Supervisor, Career Services, MA Workforce Training Fund
Aybike Dognaci Crott  COO & Founding Partner, Solectria
Michael Prior  Director, Business Development, MA Manufacturing Extension Parnership




Green Chemistry:  at Work, at Home, and at School
Toxics reduction improves health.  Learn about the need for education and careers in green chemistry. These speakers are doing their bit to help us breathe easier.
Mark Rossi  Co-Director, Cleaner Production; Member, MA Toxics Use Reduction Act Committee 
Ellie Goldberg  Founder, Healthy Kids

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Climate Change:  In the Hot Seat
The climate is changing and so are careers.  Many careers are adapting to the needs of climate change and its future repercussions.  Some of our experts are addressing the topic head on.
Eric Walberg  Sr. Program Leader, Climate Change, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences

Water Quality Professionals:  Enforcing the Right to Clean Water
Since the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972, the water quality industry has bloomed in Massachusetts.  Today state-of-the-art technology, massive infrastructures and well-trained professionals manage our drinking water, monitor our water quality, and treat waste water discharged into the environment.
Ray Willis  VP, Onsite Engineering; President, MA Water Pollution Control Association
Kirsten King  Rep., NE Water Works Association; Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network


Education & Careers:  Landscape, Geography, or a Desk Job?
Teaching the next generation of green students is one thing; guiding them to the right jobs is an equally important and challenging task.  Meet professionals who connect education to green careers.
Mollie Babize  Associate Director, Conway School of Sustainable Landscape Planning & Design
Kate Cholakis  Project Designer, Green Infrastructure Planning, Nitsch Engineering Inc.
James Hayes Bohanan  Professor, Environmental Geography, Bridgewater State University

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Green Entrepreneurs:  Pioneering New Ways
These are the stars among us!  Finding a solution to a perplexing problem is a common theme for successful entrepreneurs.
Wayne Davis  Co-Founder, Harvest Power
Andy Brooks  Founder, Bootstrap Compost
Samir ElKamouny  Founder, Lowell Green Bikes
Lyndsay Rose  Outreach and Marketing Manager, Green City Growers

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Our first four conferences were sold out in advance. 

Registration provides full access to the conference:  speaker sessions, keynote, exhibits, networking, roundtable discussions, coaches, breakfast, lunch, FREE book raffle, FREE parking, and FREE wifi.  

  • $75 before September 27
  • Students:  $45
  • Groups (5 or more) use promotional code GROUP for $5pp discount

Questions? Contact Conference Director, 508-481-0569

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Bird Walks at Canoe Meadows

Sponsored by Berkshire Sanctuaries

Fri, Oct 04, 2013 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Location: Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA
Instructor: Noreen Mole - Volunteer, Hoffmann Bird Club Past President
Audience: Adult
Members: free for members
Nonmembers: Adult $3.00

Spring and fall are the seasons to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood-warblers. Walk past wetlands and meadows and through woodlands observing changes in bird species each week. Preregistration is not required.

Instructions and Directions: Beginning birders welcome. Bring binoculars.   

Registration not required.

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Green Buildings Open House

Home and business owners will open their property to show successful sustainability methods on Saturday October 5, 2013 from 10 AM until 3 PM.  The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) coordinates this event in the six New England states plus Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.  To find host sites throughout our area you can go to the website and put in your zip code and the maximum distance you want to travel to see what other people have done to use less fossil fuel. 

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Lots of great workshops coming up at Aton Forest, Norfolk, CT

"Wild Mushrooms" w/Andrew Janjigian
Saturday 10/5 2:00-6:00

Learn to identify and differentiate safe and unsafe mushrooms and the proper conservation etiquette when collecting them.  We are likely to see numerous species that appear in early autumn.  This workshop will include some classroom instruction and much field work, followed by a wild mushroom tasting.  Please dress appropriately for conditions.

For more information/registration please visit our "Workshops" page:

Pre-registration is required, workshops limited to 15 participants.

Feel free to contact us at (860)542-5125 or

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HVA Offers Free River Paddle Trips

The Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) invites you to paddle the Housatonic River this summer. Choose from five paddle trips which will explore the natural beauty and historical significance of the Housatonic River. The trips are diverse and include paddling the headwaters in Hinsdale and negotiating numerous beaver dams to an easy flat water paddle of the Housatonic as it flows into Connecticut. For all but the Hinsdale trip, you may reserve a canoe. Registration is required -- for further information and to register contact HVA at 413-394-9796.

Fall colors will highlight the last paddle trip of the season on Saturday, October 5th as we paddle from Rannapo Road to Falls Village in Connecticut. In addition to enjoying the autumn foliage, we will learn about nineteenth century industry in the HousatonicValley.

HVA will supply canoes and life jackets for those who reserve them (except for the June 1st paddle, as noted above). Paddlers who bring their own canoes or kayaks must also have life jackets for everyone in their group. Other items that should be brought along are drinking water, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent and snacks.

Dennis Regan, HVA Program Director, said, “Our paddle trips of the Housatonic and its tributaries allow people to experience the beauty of the river valley. What better way to learn about the river than to paddle on it?"
The event is free but pre-registration is required. Each trip is limited to 15 people. For more information and to register, please contact Alison Dixon at HVA’s office in Lee, Massachusetts, 413-394-9796, or email her at

HVA, a tri-state nonprofit citizen’s environmental group founded in 1941, works to conserve the natural character and environmental health of its communities by protecting and restoring the land and waters of the 2,000-square-mile Housatonic watershed from its source in the Pittsfield, Massachusetts area to Long Island Sound. HVA is monitoring water quality, adding sections to the Housatonic RiverBelt Greenway (linking preserved space along the Housatonic River with hiking and biking trails), and using computer mapping to help towns measure the impact and benefits of land use and development. HVA also sponsors the Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative in protecting more land across northwest Connecticut. It has offices in Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut; South Lee, Massachusetts and Wassaic,

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Wild & Scenic Offerings

Wild & Scenic Westfield River Volunteers and curious community members were treated to a free morning of macro madness on the West Branch looking for and identifying river bugs.  This is part of our annual Wild & Scenic Saturdays series offered to increase our collective knowledge, appreciation and participation in river stewardship. One more Wild & Scenic workday remains! 

Join us on the East Branch Trail, starting at the TTOR Chesterfield Gorge, Oct. 5th from 9am. - 1pm. and help clear out the drainage ditches, clear wooden decked bridges, cut back the overhanging branches and learn some simple maintenance techniques that can be applied to any trail.  Community members like you can save thousands of dollars and help maintain miles of trails simply by practicing a few techniques when you’re building a trail or just out hiking.  Contact Meredyth Babcock, Volunteer and projects coordinator for the Wild & Scenic Westfield River Committee to sign up or get on her list of interested community members - 413 623-2070.  Ask about our hike, lecture and end of the year stream team sharing being held on October 24th. 

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North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival
15 Years of Celebration!

Event Name: 15th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival
Event Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6 10 a.m. to 5 PM both days.  Shine or Rain
Location:   Forster’s Farm, 60 Chestnut Hill Rd.  Orange, MA 01364, No Pets Allowed
Full Details on the festival Website:
Admission: Only: $5 per day for Adults, $8 for weekend pass. Kids 12 and under free.  

Mark your calendars for the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival, on October 5 and 6, 2013.

Celebrate and Be Inspired; it’s the 15th year of ‘The Festival that Stinks,’ consistently rated in the Top 3 Local Festivals by the Valley Advocate ‘Best Of’ readers poll.
There’s something for everyone at this fabulous family destination, held on a beautiful historic farm in Orange, MA. Buy local, be local: support the bounty of over 100 booths featuring regional artists, farmers, and community organizations; strengthen communities by purchasing locally crafted and grown. Relax and celebrate life with great music, performance, spoken word, and dance on two solar powered stages and throughout the rolling fields and forest. Gain inspiration with over sixty inspiring presentations and activities, plus exhibitor demos, and great art and nature activities for kids. Get silly with garlic games galore including the famous raw garlic-eating contest. Travel the garlic globe with celebrated chef demos, and fill your belly with glorious, farm fresh and savory cuisine as you relax in the food courts overlooking the festivities. Energize your life with informative workshops in the renewable energy and healing arts tents. Orange is the New Green: trash free (well, only three bags of garbage for 10,000 people) with everything else recycled or transformed into fertile compost. All this for an incredible, affordable family friendly admission: $5.00 per day for adults, weekend pass $8.00, kids 12 and under free, free shuttle and parking too. Celebrate and Be Inspired!

To get there: Route 2 to Exit 16, then route 202 South (or 202 North from points south) and follow the signs to the free shuttle for a short ride to the festival entrance. Parking at the festival site is for carpools of 3 or more or handicap tags. Save Fuel: bike or carpool. Hikers! Park at the shuttle lot and enjoy a mile hike to the festival gate. No pets allowed at the festival or parking areas; please leave yours at home.

Get the whole bulb at:; the 2013 schedule of exhibitors, music, entertainment and games, chef demos, renewable energy, local living and healing arts workshops will be updated by July.

A fully volunteer committee of friends and neighbors, and Seeds of Solidarity Education Center, a non-profit organization, organize the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival. Supporters include the Forster/Stewart Family, local businesses, and over 200 community volunteers the festival weekend! Festival proceeds keep the event sustainable and affordable, and support the festival’s community grant program for regional arts, agriculture, health and energy projects.

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Urgent Call to Help Stop the Tar Sands Oil Pipeline--and Climate Change!! 
And please forward this to friends, family, co-workers far and wide here in the valley!

Have you heard that the top UN climate expert, Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, head of the International Panel on Climate Change, recently said: "It's Five Minutes to Midnight" in terms of how much time we have left to reduce fossil-fuel use and stop a climate change catastrophe for the planet?!

Then on Saturday and Monday, Oct. 5 and 7, many will risk arrest using civil disobedience at TD Banks in Amherst, Northampton, Springfield, Holyoke, and Greenfield, while many more will join them in legal protest of TD Bank's financing of Tar Sands oil mining and the pipelines (such as the Keystone XL) to transport the oil to the coasts for export and sale.

We've already had protests in 4 of these cities since July.  To read about them, go to, and see the attached article from the Sept. 10 Greenfield Recorder.

This Boycott TD Bank campaign will continue throughout the fall and winter in order to raise public awareness and galvanize broader citizen action to call on President Obama to reject approval of the Keystone Pipeline, and TD Bank to divest from Tar Sands oil.  

More details, such as the content of the training and who's leading it, are below.  Let me know if you can join us on Sept. 22.
Thanks, and keep raising your voices for a safe climate future!   John


Also coming up soon:

Sat., Sept. 28:  Western Mass. Climate Justice Conference    
* Keynote Speaker:  Jacqui Patterson, Environmental Justice Director for the National NAACP

Conference Sponsors:  Arise for Social Justice, Climate Action NOW MA, NAACP   Trinity United Methodist Church, 261 Sumner Ave, Springfield, 10am-4pm (doors open at 9:15am)

Purpose of Conference:  WHAT KIND OF FUTURE DO WE WANT AND WHAT CAN WE DO TO GET THERE?  A day of workshops/speakers/Art & Culture.  Joining together to address important issues and find solutions.  It’s about recognizing the interconnectedness of Climate Change, Environmental Justice, Social & Economic Justice and the impact on our urban communities.  

All are Welcome! Free Admission • Free Lunch • Child Care may be provided

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Great Barrington Land Conservancy's
Run for the Hills 5K

8 Weeks and Counting!

With your help we can set a record in 2013...

Four ways you can help:
    1.  Sign up early to run or walk
    2. Please invite your friends
    3. Spread the word "socially"
    4. Sign up to volunteer:
Sunday, Oct. 6

8-9 AM - Final registration at
Kilpatrick Athletic Center
9:30 AM - 5K start on Alford Road
Register now @

Land Conservation, Community Trails,  & Farm Preservation
Great Barrington Land Conservancy
(Hosted by Bard College at Simon’s Rock)
Complete Event Information:
Thank you for your support!


Dale Abrams, Event Director
On behalf of GBLC Board of Directors

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Project for Public Spaces offers
'Making It Happen' Placemaking Training and Forum
October 7-8
Cambridge, MA
Register online

Somerville planningAre you seeking ways to invigorate streets and public spaces as a way to create vibrant and welcoming communities? Project for Public Spaces (PPS), worldwide leaders in building and sustaining great public places, will facilitate a placemaking workshop and forum in Cambridge on Oct. 7-8.

Click here to register.
This two-day training and forum is intended for those working to create great places in their communities and will provide best practices, tools and strategies for turning initial project momentum into a sustained and well-managed placemaking initiative.

The evening reception and forum will allow for networking and a discussion facilitated by PPS president Fred Kent and the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance on how placemaking can be a catalyst for building healthy, sustainable and economically viable cities and towns.

Click here for detailed agenda and to register.



Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance
15 Court Square
Suite 600
Boston, Massachusetts 02108

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Housatonic Heritage Series - Saturday October 5th 11am-1pm Wahconah Falls Natural & Cultural History Walk – Talc Mines, Waterfalls, Glacier Erratics at Waconah Falls SP. Led by Naturalist Aimee Gelinas M.Ed. Experience this deep evergreen forest and stunning cascading falls on a natural and cultural history walk at Wahconah Falls SP in Dalton, MA. See glacier erratics, look for signs of the talc mines that once utilized the brook for power and learn how to identify fall trees and plants. Co-Sponsored by the Dalton Cultural Council. FREE/Donations accepted. Register by emailing:

Wednesday October 9th 6pm Boreal Forest Ecology Slideshow & Walk, Bascom Lodge, Mt Greylock
Learn about the ecology of high elevation Boreal forests of Western MA found only at elevations over 2000ft such as Mt Greylock Summit and Tamarack Hollow in Windsor, MA.  After a short, easy plant/tree ID walk, learn more about the indicator species of this forest type such as Balsam Fir, Red Spruce, Clintonia Borealis, Bunchberry and more in an informative slideshow narration by naturalist Aimee Gelinas M.Ed. Email to register for slideshow. Program is FREE, donations accepted. Stay for dinner after at the Bascom lodge-visit for info/dinner reservations

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You Are Invited!
201 Clean Energy Forum, Public Welcome.
Refreshments Served.

Mayor Narkewicz invites you to join with your friends and neighbors at the second Clean Energy Forum (201 Forum) on Wednesday October 9, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Northampton Senior Center. RSVP is requested by going to:

At the 201 Forum, participants will review and prioritize ideas generated by community members during the first Clean Energy Forum (Forum 101). Over 90 people attended this first forum and proposed ideas on energy efficiency, renewable energy, clean transportation, clean energy storage and microgrids, waste reduction, and outreach and education. You can find a full list of these ideas at:

At the 201 Forum, we will have experts on hand to discuss pros, cons, and options for potential local project development and participants will review technical assessments of Northampton by our State partners – the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Department of Energy Resources Green Communities Division.

If you have anything further to add to Northampton’s clean energy idea list, feel free to contact Northampton’s Energy and Sustainability Officer, Chris Mason at

Please help spread the word to friends, family, and colleagues! Our state partners and I look forward to continuing this valuable discussion with you on October 9.

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MOUNT Greylock PRograms – 2013 Season

LANESBOROUGH- Join a state park interpreter for fun, family-friendly explorations within Mount Greylock State Reservation. For all programs dress appropriately for weather, bring a snack and water. The Mount Greylock Visitor Center is located at 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, 1.5 miles from North Main Street and Route 7. Reasonable accommodation available upon request. Sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. For more information contact (413) 499-4262.

All programs begin June 5 and run through October 13.

Discover Greylock Hike: Wednesdays, 1pm - 4pm. Longer-distance hike explores exciting and hidden spots of Greylock. Sturdy foot-wear suggested, snack and water too! Meet at Visitor Center, carpool to location.

Tyke Hike:  Fridays, 10am - 11am. For ages 8 and under with parent/guardian. A short, easy hike on a woodland trail followed by a related children’s story. Great opportunity to introduce children to the outdoors. Wear sneakers/shoes. Meet at Visitor Center.

Hiking 101:  Fridays, 1pm - 4pm. Build hiking confidence and outdoor skills with this guided hike. Cover trail safety, map reading, equipment, bear etiquette. All ages welcome. Meet at Visitor Center.

Wild Waterfalls:  Saturdays, 1pm - 4pm. Love waterfalls? Greylock has some beauties. Explore them individually in this series of hikes. Be prepared for strenuous hiking and wet, slippery conditions with sturdy shoes. Meet at Visitor Center.

Nice and Easy Hike:  Wednesdays, 9am – 11am and Saturdays, 10am - 12pm. Stay active with easy-paced, two hour hikes, geared especially for seniors, but all ages welcome. A different trail is featured each week. Meet at Visitor Center.

Summit Ramble:  Sundays, 1pm and 3pm. Short hikes on the summit of Greylock to discover landscape and ecology of the state’s highest point. All ages welcome. Meet at Greylock summit ($2/$3 parking fee applies).

Additionally, FREE Massachusetts Senior Parking passes are available at the Visitors Center for seniors aged 62 years or older that permit the card holder and passengers in the vehicle to park free at all DCR state and urban park facilities that charge a day-use parking fee. Seniors must have a valid Massachusetts Drivers License. Parking is free for vehicles with Handicapped, disabled veteran plates/placard.

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2013 USBI North American Biochar Symposium
October 13-16!

If you've heard about carbon negativity, ecosystem restoration, manure management or any of the other benefits of Biochar and are curious to learn from and network with international experts, the 2013 USBI North American Biochar Symposium, October 13-16 at UMass Amherst is the conference you've been waiting for!  

Titled "Harvesting Hope: The Science and Synergies of Biochar," the conference will feature a variety of events that are open to the public, including an introductory 
workshop for farmers and gardeners on Sunday, October 13 from 1-4pm and a Tech Field Day on Thursday, October 17 at the New England Small Farm Institute in Belchertown, Mass.

For details about why you should attend, what you'll experience and who will be there, visit; for a preview of the conference schedule, 

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Fall Home-School Series

Grafton – Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center is offering a Home-school Series this fall for students of all ages every Tuesday for 6 weeks beginning September 10th running until October 15th. Each Tuesday program will offer a different theme and will run from 1pm –4pm. Programs will teach students about tree identification, differences in ecosystems, wildlife studies and general ecology. There is a $5 per student fee and students can attend any or all programs. A complete list of programs can be found at: Pre-registration is required to help with planning and can be done by contacting the Center at or (518) 658-2055.

                 Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center is a Rensselaer County Park open daily during daylight hours for hiking, fishing and non-motor boating. Canoes and kayaks are available for rent each day from 9am until 3pm. Call for more information and a complete schedule of our summer events.

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The 2014 Massachusetts Recreational Trails Program Grant Round is now OPEN!                      

Please visit the Recreational Trails Program website for updated grant guidelines, application materials, and paperwork guidelines:

Contact Amanda Lewis, Recreational Trails Program Coordinator with any questions at or 413-586-8706 ext. 19

Workshops will be held to inform and update the public on the Recreational Trails Program, the application process and discuss any questions potential grant applicants may have.  Workshop times and locations are listed below.  Please be in touch with Amanda if you are interested in attending a workshop and indicate which one works best for you. 

Grant Workshop #1:       Wednesday, October 9th, 6:30pm
                                                Pittsfield State Forest Headquarters, Ski Lodge
                                            1041 Cascade Street, Pittsfield, MA

Grant Workshop #2:       Wednesday, October 16th, 6:30pm
                                            Great Falls Discovery Center
                                            2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA

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Reading the Landscape Hike

GREAT BARRINGTON- On Saturday, October 19, 10:00am to noon, join Adam Morris of the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), and Christine Ward of Great Barrington Trails & Greenways, for a guided hike along the Threemile Hill Trail. Focus on the history of the landscape including charcoal-making and other past uses.  Co-sponsored with Berkshire South, Berkshire Natural Resources Council and DCR. The hike meets at Berkshire South Regional Community Center, Crissey Road, Great Barrington. FREE, and for ages 6 and up. A shuttle will be provided for the return from Fountain Pond State Park. Registration is requested, call (413) 528-2810 ext. 10. 

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You're invited to the

The First Annual Co-op Carnival!

Join the Co-op Carnival for free, family-friendly festivities to showcase cooperative businesses from around the Pioneer Valley.


The Co-op Carnival will unite many of the dozens of cooperatives that call the Valley home in a joyous celebration of their contributions to the local economy. The event is a fundraiser for The Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA) and Food for Thought Books.

The new economy is more fun, let's celebrate together!

OCT. 19, 2013
From 3pm to 8pm

106 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002

Tell us you're coming on facebook!

Calling All Co-ops: 
We want you to celebrate with us!  From member co-ops to worker collectives (and everyone above, below, and in between), if you're interested in tabling, we want to hear from you. 
Reserve your tabling space by September 30th. 

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5K for Farmland 2013
Get Ready, Get Set ... Here It Comes!
Run, Walk, or SHOP to save local land on Sunday, October 20, 2013 from 10 am to 1 pm at the historic Hadley Town Common.

This year promises to be better than ever, with more activities for kids, more unique local vendors at our Farmers Market, great music from a local band, local beer tasting, and more ways for your run or walk to help save critical farmland in the Valley!

The USATF-sanctioned 5K running route takes you through the scenic farmlands of the Great Meadow in Hadley, and a 2-mile walking route offers a bird's eye view of the Connecticut River. Each year, more than 500 participants join us to run or walk in support of farmland conservation. 

We invite you to raise donations from family, friends, or colleagues to support your 5K run or 2-mile walk AND have a chance to win great prizes for your efforts!  More details to come on our 5K for Farmland web page! 

A big THANK YOU to our major sponsors this year:  Northampton Cooperative BankRiver Valley Market, and  Amherst Copy Cat!

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Pie Potluck at Sheep Hill October 26

Whether you’ve just discovered a wonderful new pie recipe or have a traditional family favorite, consider bringing your pie to a Pie Potluck event on Saturday, October 26 beginning at 6:30 PM at the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation's Sheep Hill headquarters in Williamstown. We've changed it up a bit from the traditional pie contest, and encourage bakers of all ages to bring a pie to share. Attendees will vote to determine which pie will win the coveted People’s Choice award.  Pie Bakers are encouraged to use as many ingredients as possible from local farms and markets.   Both sweet and savory pies are welcomed.

As part of the evening Michael Menard, the Lead Baker at Williams Dining, will demonstrate how to make a successful pie crust and answer general baking questions, as well as oversee the awarding of the People’s Choice award for best pie. Michael manages a full-service bakery serving the needs of the college and has extensive experience in traditional baking as well as baking gluten-free and vegan pastries and breads.

Weather permitting, after the demonstration and while pies are being readied for serving, we will set candles afloat on the pond and Deb Burns will be on hand to lead singing in celebration of autumn.

The Pie Potluck is a cooperative event with the Williams College Sustainable Food and Agriculture Program as a part of Food Week, a week-long mix of lectures and other programming promoting food sustainability.

The event is open to the public.  Donations are welcome.  For more information, contact the WRLF at 413-458-2494, or go to   

The Williams College Sustainable Food and Agriculture Program aims to foster in future generations a passion for responsible environmental stewardship and the rediscovery of vital food. The mission of the Williams College Sustainable Food and Agriculture Program is to co-ordinate, inspire and provide leadership to further develop our academic resources, extra-curricular opportunities, and practical approaches to sustainable food from a broad range of perspectives – social justice, environmental, cultural and economic.

The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, a non-profit, member-supported land conservation trust, has been working to preserve the rural New England character of the area for more than 25 years, and sponsors nature education, local history, and seasonal food events throughout the year.  Sheep Hill is located on Route 7 south in Williamstown, approximately one mile south of the rotary.   

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Town of Lenox Medications Roundup
from Lenox Public Schools

On October 27, the Town of Lenox will be joining other towns across the state in the 7th annual Medication Roundup.

The Medication Roundup will take place at our Town Hall between 10am and 2pm, and they will take any prescription or over-the-counter medications for humans and pets.
They can also take syringes for disposal.

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Renewable Energy Vermont Conference
REV's conference title is “Community Solutions for Vermont.”

It will be on Oct. 28-29 at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in South Burlington and will feature over 20 different sessions.

Alan Nogee, former Director of Climate and Energy Policy & Strategy for the Union of Concerned Scientists, will give the keynote address, “Energy and Climate: 30 Years in the Trenches,” on Tuesday morning, Oct. 29.

For registration and more, go to:

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Get the Can-Do Spirit: Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Butters, & More!

Click Here to Register Now!
Click Here to Watch Marisa Talk About Food in a Lively, Fun Interview!

* Make apple mint jelly, pear vanilla jam, quince chutney, apple butter, apple rosemary jam, and pickled Asian pears like a pro!

Marissa McClellan is author of the bestselling Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round and a popular blogger on her Food in Jars site, selected as one of Saveur magazine's "sites we love," where she writes on the subject of canning and preserving. She grew up in Oregon, learned from her mother to can local blueberries, blackberries, and apples, and brings her expertise and love for canning to workshops nationwide.

To see all of the Rowe programs, click here to use our NEW interactive online catalog! Just click in the contents page to go to a workshop page, or click on the workshop to go to online registration. It's easy and fast!

The Rowe Center
22 Kings Hwy
Rowe, MA 01367

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Take It Down!
At Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield
Tuesday, November 5/6:30 -8:00 pm
Leader: Gayle Tardif-Raser, Education Coordinator
Free to members and nonmembers

The program will feature a PowerPoint presentation and discussion on the progress of the Sackett Brook Dam Removal and Restoration Project. Featuring photos of the engineering, archeological, wildlife and other pre-construction professional surveys, the public is invited to learn of the progress and future plans for Sackett Brook as it winds through Canoe Meadows. This program is appropriate for families with children age 9 and up. 

“This project has been funded through the Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) Programs of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, using funding via the Massachusetts SubCouncil of the Housatonic River Trustee Council as part of a legal settlement with General Electric Company for releasing polychlorinated biphenyls into the Housatonic River and its floodplain. The contents do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of USFWS or of MassDEP, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.”

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Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom | Fall Events

Day of Garden Skills- October 19
New England Small Farm Institute, Belchertown
We are happy to announce that our Fall Day of Garden Skills will be held on October 19th at the New England Small Farm Institute in Belchertown. There will be 12 workshop throughout the day on school garden related topics. If you would like to give a workshop please let us know!

Fall Greening the School Conference

Our 5th annual Fall Conference for Educators will be held November 9th at Clay Science Center of Dexter & Southfield Schools in Brookline.  Each focuses on gardening, composting, natural resource conservation and local foods.We are currently looking for suggestions for Workshops for this event, if you would like to put on a workshop or have a suggestion for someone we should invite, please let us know!   $50 fee includes lunch, materials and ten professional development points with activity.  This event is sponspored by Chipotle Mexican Grill, Whole Foods, and the Massachusetts Departmenr of Agricultural Resources. Read more.

Garden Mentoring
We are looking to mentor 12 school gardens this fall. If you are interested in applying or to see the criteria and application visit our website. Read more.

School Gardens Survey and Resources
Do you have a school garden.  We want to hear from you.  MAC is working with educators across the state to help them achieve success in school gardens by promoting best safety practices. Purpose is to identify concerns that schools or communities may have and to determine what kinds of help would be most useful.

 Please log-in and fill out our on-line survey.

  Visit MAC's Website to view school garden resources.

    *  Directories of school gardens & resources to support
        school gardens.  Join the garden list.

    *  Garden-based lessons for Grades 1 -4

    * 13 How-to-Guides for Getting Started in School Garden
Read Alice Posner's School Garden Blog and join the conversation.

Dairy- Based Mini-Grants
MAC will award 4 mini-grants of $250 each to teachers seeking to develop dairy-based lessons for their classrooms.  Lessons will be posted on the MAC website.  Send us your lesson idea for review.

Mini-grants funded by the Mass. Dairy Promotions Board.


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Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners: Units 2, 4, 6 & 7

Saturday, November 16
Clark University, Worcester, MA*

* (All four Units will be held in the same building as MACC's Fall Conference, offered from 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. on the same date.)

Unit 2 - How to Run an Effective Meeting: Getting Home Before Midnight: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Unit 4 - Plan Review and Site Visit Procedures: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Unit 6 - Writing Effective Orders of Conditions: 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Unit 7 - Open Space Planning and Protection Techniques: 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Whether you’re a new Commissioner or a long-serving veteran wanting a refresher course, consider taking one or more units of MACC’s Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners this fall. Units 2, 4, 6, and 7 will be offered on November 16, 2013 at Clark University in Worcester, MA.

For information and to register see MACC Programs. Register online here.


MACC Fall Conference, November 16, 2013
Invasive Plant Species: Pick Your Battles and Go

Saturday, November 16
Check-in: 8:00 a.m., Program: 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Clark University, Worcester

Invasive species are prevalent on the New England landscape, despite our best efforts to control them. Funding, staff resources, and commitment are essential for proper management (and eradication, where possible). To be effective in this battle, we need to prioritize the invasive species we are targeting, and develop consistent criteria by which we identify the most important taxa to manage. Through various presentations and case studies, learn how land managers tackle this problem and how Conservation Commissions can permit certain invasive species work.
Participants will come away from this day-long conference with exciting and new electronic tools for plant identification as well as examples of how invasive species projects can be funded. In addition, participants will leave with a renewed appreciation of the essential role native plants play in sustaining native wildlife populations.

Our Keynote Speaker, Elizabeth Farnsworth, Senior Research Ecologist at the New England Wildflower Society, will prepare us for an exciting day with her talk entitled: 21st Century Tools for Tackling Invasive Plants in Wetlands: Identify, Prioritize, Mobilize.

For information and to register see MACC Programs. Register online here.

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Wild Edibles and Medicinal Plants Classes in MA
Wild Edibles and Medicinal Plants: Seeing through the Eyes of the Forager

Our wild edibles classes are designed to teach how to:

  • identify
  • process
  • prepare
  • cook
  • preserve
  • eat on the spot

Our Wild Edibles and Medicinal Plant classes provide valuable knowledge!
Join us for this unique experience and come away with skills in correct identification of wild edibles and medicines you can find right outside your back door. You will learn how and when to harvest by season and in what habitat to seek out your favorite wild edibles. Additionally you will learn how to harvest with intention; keeping in mind the importance of the responsibility we have as foragers and earth stewards. A responsible, attentive forager always finds a meal!

WHO: Adults
WHERE: Various Locations in the Hilltowns and Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts
WHEN: Monthly throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall
HOW MUCH: Depending upon location, range from $40-$65 PREPAID, sliding scale, per Workshop ($45-$70 if paid day of Workshop)


  • Saturday, September 28, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Sunday, October 27,  1:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 16, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Books are great resources but direct experience with a knowledgeable person is invaluable.

Click here to register.

We plan on meeting with small groups only, so register now to ensure your participation!

Click here to read from our many blog posts about Wild Edibles and Medicinal Plants.

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DPW Global Positioning Training

The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council is hosting Global Positioning (GPS) device trainings for Departments of Public Work throughout western Massachusetts.Please be advised these training sessions are only being offered to departments in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden Counties of Massachusetts. The trainings will be held in the months of October and November on the following dates:

Wednesday, October 16 in Lanesborough, Ma
Wednesday, October 23 in Amherst, Ma 
Wednesday, November 6th in Deerfield, Ma
Wednesday, November 20th in Agawam, Ma

The training is free and each town attending will receive a free Garmin Oregon 650 handheld GPS unit. A representative from the town DPW must attend the training to receive the GPS unit.

This training is for public works and highway personnel who would like to learn how to use global positioning system (GPS) equipment in their work and especially in dealing with the aftermath of disasters, which create problems–debris piles, failed sewers, etc.–that need to be documented in order to mitigate future issues and to receive reimbursement from disaster funds.  Additionally, there will be a short seminar explaining ACAMS (Automated Critical Assessment Management System) and how the system can be used to track infrastructure that is damaged repetitively and severely in an effort to collect information in a manner that is consistent and recognized by FEMA, which should simplify the reimbursement process and increase recoupable funds by local communities that have sustained damage following declared storm events.

For more information please go to the Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council website's Training Page at

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The 2013 Massachusetts Smart Growth Conference
Wednesday, November 20

Hosted by ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) at
the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

Visit the conference web page.


  • State officials including Governor Deval Patrick (invited), Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki, MassDevelopment CEO Marty Jones and others.
  • Afternoon keynote by Dr. Manuel Pastor, economist and professor at the University of Southern California where he directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration.
  • Chris Leinberger, President of LOCUS: Responsible real estate developers and investors, and the author of The Option of Urbanism: Investing in a New American Dream. Mr. Leinberger is the co-founder of Arcadia Land Company and for 21 years was the Managing Director and co-owner of RCLCO, the largest independent real estate advisory firm in the country.
  • Elizabeth Kneebone, co-author of Confronting Suburban Poverty in America from the Brookings Institution.
  • Workshops that explore trends in demographics, housing, the real estate market, infrastructure, economic development and civic leadership.
  • Afternoon networking reception celebrating smart growth projects across the Commonwealth and the Alliance’s tenth anniversary.
  • A “Placemaking Hangout” in the ABX exhibit hall with 8,500 expected visitors over three days.

MSGA logo

Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance
15 Court Square
Suite 600
Boston, Massachusetts 02108

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ELA Launches New Webinar Series Free
"A Focus on Sustainability"
ELA is launching a free webinar series on sustainable landscaping for professionals beginning on September 17th.
The interactive webinars will be taught by experts from across the country who are known for their expertise in specific areas of sustainability. Topics covered include a deeper look into soils, native and invasive plants, water management, designing a sustainable landscape, sustainable maintenance, organic lawn care, the "good business" of sustainable landscaping, and sustainability as a healthy landscape option.

The series is presented by the Ecological Landscaping Association (ELA), in collaboration with the Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance (MELA), the Chesapeake Conservation Landscape Council (CCLC), and EcoLandscape California (ELC).

"After several years in the idea stage, and thanks to former ELA President Risa Edelstein, this collaboration is finally coming to fruition," said ELA Executive Director, Penny Lewis. "With ELA members located all across the country, we are excited to be offering high quality ecological education that is no longer location-dependent. We are very fortunate to have the participation of three exceptional organizations in MELA, CCLC, and ELC. By collaborating with regionally-based partners, the webinar content will address topics of interest to our wide ELA audience." 

Sign Up Now for Upcoming Free Webinars 

October 30, 2013
Organic Lawns: An Overview of Sustainable Turfgrass Management

Chip Osborne
Preview content and speaker and register here.

November 12, 2013
Soil Amendments

Michael J. Curry
Preview content and speakers and register here.

December 11, 2013
Sustainability Makes Cents

Erik Ringstrand and Brandon Losey
Preview content and speakers and register here.

Whether you are located in the area of our upcoming events or in some distant landscape, you are invited to participate in ELA collaborations and discussions by joining the Ecological Landscaping Association discussion group on LinkedIn. The ELA discussion group is open to both ELA members and non-members from around the world and participation is growing each week. Through these discussions you can share information, get answers to landscape problems, and learn new perspectives on challenging ecological issues. Joining LinkedIn is free and it is easy to join. Join the ELA LinkedIn Discussion. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition

MA Land Conservation Conference RFP-Due Oct 28

24th Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference
Saturday, March 22, 2014 - Worcester, MA

Request for Proposals - Due October 28, 2013
Dear Conservation Colleagues,

We are looking for proposals for the 2014 Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference.

About the conference:
This annual, day-long training and networking event provides land trust board members and staff, urban parks administrators and advocates, municipal commission members and others interested in land conservation with the information, skills, and connections they need to be most effective. The 2014 conference theme is "Healthy Land - Healthy Communities"

While the benefits of protecting our forests, farms and river corridors are well appreciated, green investment pays many other dividends. Our health, and that of subsequent generations, depends upon the health of our environment. Land conservation and greening our communities contributes to better quality of life by creating more livable neighborhoods, preserving biodiversity, maintaining clean air and water, providing access to outdoor recreational opportunities and to fresh, local food. We are delighted to have as keynote speaker Dr. Eric Chivian, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and founder of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard University.

We welcome your workshop proposals addressing the conference theme or other land conservation topics. In 2014, the workshop tracks will be:
- Healthy Land -Healthy Communities & Emerging Issues
- Land Management & Stewardship
- Land Protection Tools & Techniques
- Legal, Tax & Compliance Matters
- Organizational Management & Fundraising
- Urban Conservation & Greening

To submit a workshop proposal, click here
The Conference Program Committee will consider all submissions received by October 28, 2013. If you have questions about the submission process or problems submitting your proposal online, please contact Kathy McGrath at 

The Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference is convened by the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition with the generous support of our sponsors.  

We are very grateful to the growing list of organizations who have already committed to sponsor the conference.  If you would like to be a sponsor, get details here.
Download the sponsor form here.

Benefactor Level
The Trustees of Reservations                   
Mass Audubon         

Conservator Level
Land Trust Alliance                          
The Conservation Fund
The Nature Conservancy                     
The Trust for Public Land

Steward Level
Berkshire Natural Resources Council               
Buzzards Bay Coalition
Essex County Greenbelt                             
Franklin Land Trust 
Nantucket Conservation Foundation               
Wildlands Trust  
The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts

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Pittsfield Tree Watch - 10/10, 11/14, 12/12

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!

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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.

10/15, 11/19, 12/17

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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Green Drinks-Great Barrington -

The next Great Barrington Green Drinks is Thursday, October 3rd, at Route 7 Grill, from 5:15 on.

10/3, 11/7, 12/5

As always there will be deliciously free snacks courtesy of our lovely Route 7 hosts, and gloriously free copies of the new issue of Orion magazine for your enjoyment.

What exactly is Green Drinks? It's a monthly social event hosted by the folks who create Orion magazine, for people like you and I interested in everything from environmental education to local agriculture, the arts, green business & design, and the ways all of these intersect. We usually have 50 or so folks from around the area stop by.

So grab a friend or two and bring them down to share what you're working on (green or not) and meet others active in the community.

Please forward this on to your friends & contacts...the more the merrier.

Best wishes,

Erik Hoffner
Orion magazine

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2nd Wednesdays, Clarion Hotel, Northampton

The Western Mass. Green Consortium’s (WMGC) monthly Green Night event takes place on Wednesday, October 9 at 4:30 pm, as part of a new series of monthly information and networking events at the Clarion Hotel in Northampton.   Green Night takes place every 2nd Wednesday at the Clarion Hotel in Northampton. 

For more information about Green Night and the Western Mass. Green Consortium, visit the WMGC web site or Facebook page at  The Clarion Hotel is located at 1 Atwood Drive in Northampton, just off Route 5 south of the Exit 18 ramps to I-91.  Free parking is available at the Hotel.

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North Adams Green Drinks - gathering of people interested in conservation and environmental issues - all welcome

2nd Wednesday of each month

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 (11/13, 12/11)
starting at 5:30 pm
we will meet at the Freight Yard Pub in the Western Gateway Heritage Park

Wednesday, October 9th, we will be back at Freight Yard Pub in the Western Gateway Heritage Park. Our presenters will be from Hoppy Valley Organics, a very small farm in Pownal, Vermont, committed to the premise that growing organic hops and making products from them are economically viable and environmentally sustainable elements of Vermont's 21st-century working landscape.

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

Every month, on the second Wednesday, beginning at 5:30 pm we invite you to gather for "Green Drinks" at the Freight Yard Pub in the Western Gateway Heritage Park.  Please join us on the 2nd Wednesday, for a casual gathering of environmentally inclined folk talking about anything from wildlife crossings to recycling, wetlands to weatherizing. What would you like to talk about? We usually meet upstairs. Come and join the conversation. 

Green Drinks in North Adams is sponsored by the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) and Northern Berkshire Transitions.

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 North Adams Green Drinks, contact Jane Winn at BEAT ( or 413-230-7321).

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Growing Up Wild Professional Development Workshop

Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children is an early childhood education activity guide that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, it provides a foundation for developing positive impressions about nature while also building lifelong social and cognitive skills. Workshop participants will receive a copy of the guide and certificate of completion.

Growing Up WILD’s activity guide:

GUW-flower  Is written for early childhood educators of children ages 3-7.
GUW-flower  Features 27 field-tested, hands-on, nature-based activities in a full-color 11”x17’’  activity guide.
GUW-flower  Includes crafts, art projects, music, conservation activities, reading and math connections and much more.   
GUW-flower  Involves social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive domains to help foster learning and development in all areas.
GUW-flower  Supports developmentally appropriate practice allowing children to learn at levels that are individually, socially, and culturally appropriate.
GUW-flower  Is correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and the Head Start Domains.

Get Growing Up WILD:

Date:  Saturday October 19, 2013       Time:  9:00-3:30 (.5 CEU credit available)
Location:  MA Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox
Workshop fee:  $30/ person (pre-registration & payment required)
To register:  Contact  Gayle Tardif-Raser,, (413) 637-0320, or online at (click on program catalog). Registration deadline October 9, 2013.

òCEU’s available (contact Pam Landry, MassWildlife at
òPlease bring a brown bag lunch.
òWear clothes & shoes appropriate for indoor & outdoor activities.

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Springfield, MA Green Drinks

10/3, 11/7, 12/5

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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Pittsfield Green Drinks - gathering of people interested in conservation and environmental issues - all welcome - every 3rd Tuesday of the month

Pittsfield Green Drinks
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 (11/19, 12/17)
starting at 5:15 pm
6:15 pm short presentation: Heat your home and/or power your car on a renewable fuel made from a recycled waste product, sourced right here in the Berkshires.
Mad Jack's BBQ
295 North St, Pittsfield, MA 01201  
sponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)

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 Jane Winn at BEAT ( or 413-230-7321).

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Athol Bird and Nature Club
Millers River Environmental Center
100 Main Street Athol Ma

Athol Bird & Nature Club Field Trips & Meetings 2012
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.

Sunday, September 29, 6:30 am - All day              "South Shore Birding" with Ernie LeBlanc
South Shore - Primary concentration on the Cumberland Farms habitat complex in Halifax and East Bridgewater for lingering warblers, early sparrows, and other species associated with the area. Connecticut Warbler, Dickcissel and Blue Grosbeak possible.  Also, visits to Burrage Pond and Pembroke ponds.  
Leave Miller's River Environmental Center parking lot at 6:30 a.m. sharp.  Please call Ernie at 978-249-4064 to confirm attendance.

Sunday, September 29, 7:30 a.m.             Early Bird Birding with Jeff
Join Jeff here at the Center before heading out to explore the North Quabbin area for fall migrant birds. Come for as long as your schedule allows. Severe weather cancels. Info: Jeff Johnstone, 978-249-9052.

Sunday, October 6, 7:30 a.m.                      Early Bird Birding with Jeff
Join Jeff here at the Center before heading out to explore the North Quabbin area for fall migrant birds. Come for as long as your schedule allows. Severe weather cancels. Info: Jeff Johnstone, 978-249-9052.

Tuesday, October 8, 8-10 a.m.                    Accessible Birding with Joe
Join Joe Superchi on the second Tuesday of the month visiting local sites. Open to birders of all abilities. Meet at the Center. Call ahead for wheelchair van access, 978-248-9491.

Wednesday, October 9, 7 p.m.                  River Otters: Their Lives & Significance
Join us here at the Center for our regular meeting, when Elizabeth Baldwin, assistant director of BiodiversityWorks, a new non-profit on Martha's Vineyard that focuses on wildlife research, monitoring and mentoring, will give a presentation on the natural history of river otters and touch on how we study them and why they can be a potential indicator of ecosystem health. 

Sunday, October 13, 7:30 a.m.                    Early Bird Birding with Jeff
Join Jeff here at the Center before heading out to explore the North Quabbin area for fall migrant birds. Come for as long as your schedule allows. Severe weather cancels. Info: Jeff Johnstone, 978-249-9052.

Sunday, October 20, 7:30 a.m.                    Early Bird Birding with Jeff
Join Jeff here at the Center before heading out to explore the North Quabbin area for fall migrant birds. Come for as long as your schedule allows. Severe weather cancels. Info: Jeff Johnstone, 978-249-9052.

Athol Bird and Nature Club on Facebook

Dave Small
Athol Bird and Nature Club
Millers River Environmental Center
100 Main Street Athol Ma 01331

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Berkshire Museum

Museum Adventures
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.

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Hoffmann Bird Club Schedule

The Hoffmann Bird Club is Berkshire County’s premier ornithological organization. It was established in 1940 with a mission of promoting the study of birds in the county. The club was founded under the auspices of the Berkshire Museum and was named in honor of Ralph Hoffmann, a naturalist born in Berkshire County. The trips and events are free and open to the public.

Meetings: are held at Berkshire Life Insurance, 700 South St., Pittsfield  01201 (499-4321), or at Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, 427 W. Mountain Rd., Lenox  01240 (637-0320). Consult the schedule for specific dates and locations. Most meetings begin at 7:00PM and are open at no charge to everyone interested in birds. Come enjoy the scheduled program and light refreshments.

Field Trips: Times listed are departure times; please arrive a few minutes early to meet the leader(s) and carpool when possible. Call the Trip Leader if you have questions.

New HBC 2013/2014 Schedule

Click here for the Hoffmann Bird Club's website.

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