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hawk-mothUpcoming Programs: 

Berkshire Bioblitz will be held on on September 16-17, 2017 in Great Barrington MA at Thomas & Palmer Brook as part of the 50 year celebration of the Berkshire Natural Resource Council.

Moth Bug Lights with Berkshire Naturalist times and locations TBA

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To participate in current programs email <Dr.Augies@gmail.com>

keying skulls

Past Programs:

Science in Pitt Park

Held at Pitt Park, Monday-Wed-Friday 2-3pm for some science fun! We looked at nature, keyed out some skulls, filtered and tested water, learned about the environment and did some reading.

Science in the Parks 2013

Led by educator Lisa Provencher, participants were outside with nature, observing, exploring and learning about the Housatonic River and its tributaries and streams as well as the plants and animals that use these waters for their homes. The students and their parents/caretakers mostly explored the wetlands in the west-side of the city surrounding Conte Community School. There they learned how this ecological area is different from the river, being a forest and swamp land yet equally important to the environment by supporting several types of plants and animals that depend on water for their survival. This program was supported by a grant from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation and the Berkshire Environmental Action Team.

bug hunting girl

Water and the Environment a 10 week after-school program at Crosby Elementary School that includes puppet making and environmental science followed by a 10 week summer program offered in West Side Neighborhood of Pittsfield to be held in the public parks and local community gardens.

Crosby water 2013 016Through these programs students learn the importance of environmental issues that impact their lives through excitement and participation.  By teaching many facets of environmental science through puppet shows and being outside with nature over the summer we aim to create a more informed, educated, and concerned community of enthusiastic learners, who will in turn go home and inform their parents and family members.  These programs will offer educational experiences as an extension of the current classroom curriculum and align with the Massachusetts State Frameworks.

These programs are developed and implemented by educator, Lisa Provencher of Dr. Augie’s Art and Nature Programming and graduate student Sandi Chen of Amherst College. They work closely with Jane Winn of the Berkshire Environmental Action Team, Melissa Provencher of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and the city of Pittsfield Water Commissioner.

puppet theaterLast session educator and scientist, Lisa Provencher and Berkshire Community College environmental student John Brancazzu presented a series of environmentally focused puppet shows to over 150 elementary schools students. Because of the overwhelming interest in the topic and questions we received after the shows we expanded this idea and included an after-school program to elementary school students at Crosby Elementary School. These students made two sets of their own recycled materials puppets (These puppets were later presented in the Pittsfield 4th of July Parade.) This group of students also wrote and performed their own puppet shows that focused on the water system in Berkshire County. Finally they presented their puppets to a narrative and drum music to about 170 of their classmates and community members at the Crosby Brain Booster’s Show Case. After the presentation many classmates approached us with the passionate plea that they be part of the program in the future.

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