Hilltown Families on Mass Appeal: River Walks & Nature Centers

Hilltown Families on Mass Appeal: June Segment
Nature-Based Learning through River Walks & Nature Centers

Hilltown Families and Mass Appeal (a weekday, hour-long lifestyle program on NBC) have teamed up to offer a live monthly segment on WWLP 22News!  Each month, Hilltown Families’ Founder & Executive Director, Sienna Wildfield,  joins Mass Appeal hosts to talk about ways to engage in your community while supporting the interests and education of your children (and yourselves!).

This monthly segment continued on Monday, June 20, 2016. This month Sienna and Lauren talked about intergenerational ways to engage in natural resources to support interests and education, including River Walks and Nature Centers:

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Mass Appeal is a live weekday program that airs at 11am on 22News (Springfield, MA).  Our next visit to the Mass Appeal studios will be July 18th, 2016!

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Urban And Rural River Walks and Trails Highlight Natural and Human History

Urban And Rural River Walks & Trails Highlight Natural and Human History

Housatonic River in Great Barrington, MA.

Western Massachusetts’ landscape is filled with rivers. They run like veins between our ancient hills, and give life to human and non-human communities alike as they flow constantly onward. The warm months of the year are the best time to engage in experiential learning about local rivers, a task made more inviting through a handful of riverwalks and river-following paths found locally. Through explorations of a variety of local rivers, families can explore local ecology, connect with local history, and deepen their sense of place. In particular, comparisons of urban rivers and rural rivers can illuminate the ways in which humans past and present have depended upon our rivers.  Read the rest of this entry »

Earth Day River Festival Builds in the Berkshires

Earth Day River Festival Builds Community for Preservation

Our local rivers keep the landscape alive – celebrate their importance at the first ever Earth Day River Festival honoring the Berkshires’ Housatonic River! Hosted by the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT), the event includes opportunities for community members to learn about and connect with the Housatonic River, and to consider the role that the river plays in their daily lives. Held on Saturday, April 23rd from 11am-1:30pm at Pittsfield’s Fred Garner Park, the Earth Day River Festival brings together environmentally-focused community organizations and offers a rich variety of ways to gain knowledge and skills for conservation and self-sufficiency. Read the rest of this entry »

Over 50 Tours of the Housatonic River Valley in the Berkshires this Autumn

Housatonic Heritage Walks in the Berkshires

The Upper Housatonic Valley ranges from Lanesborough, MA to Kent, CT and encompasses 964 square miles of the upper Housatonic River watershed, bordered by the Berkshire Plateau to the east and the Taconic range to the west.

Families can explore the Housatonic River Valley this fall on one (or many!) of the over fifty hiking, walking, biking and canoe tours being offered during weekends in September and October, 2012.

The Heritage Walks, an annual event, will take place over two weekends – September 22nd and 23rd, and October 13th and 14th.  The events take place all over the southern Berkshires (and there are a few events in northwestern Connecticut, too), and each one highlights a unique and valuable natural resource or historic site.

In one Saturday, families could help to catalog plant and animal species at the Berkshire Bioblitz in Pittsfield, canoe the Housatonic through Stockbridge, walk trails at the Project Native Farm, and hunt for owls on an Owl Prowl (then spend Sunday doing even more exploring)!  The wide variety of activities offered means there’s sure to be something for everyone – and the majority of each tour will take place outside, meaning lots of time to enjoy fall foliage and the cooler weather.  Families can even use the events to extend their children’s learning about subjects like geology, geography, history (local, American, and natural!), biology, and more.  For a schedule and more information about each event, visit www.heritage-hikes.org.

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