Teachers and Adults

moth light tamarackRecent Programs

Moth Night Tamarack Hollow July 28, 2018-We celebrated National Moth Week by joining moth specialist Betsy Higgins with Berkshire Naturalist Jason Crockwell and Tamarack Hollow staff in identifying and learning about nighttime pollinators, insects and moths! Then we had some great conversation by the campfire with marshmallows and moth stories. Thanks to support from the Wild & Scenic Westfield River Committee and the Berkshire Taconic Fund’s Central Berkshire grant.

Berkshire Bioblitz was held on on September 15-16, 2018 was held at Hopkin’s Memorial Forest in Williamstown and hosted by Williams College.

There  are no scheduled classes or courses for Teachers and Adults. You may and ask about the course offerings described below.

Past Courses: Field Entomology/Natural History of the Berkshires-A Field Course for Teachers

Sponsoring Organizations: Massachusetts Collage of Liberal Arts and Dr. Augie’s Science

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Natural History of the Berkshires-A Field Course for Adults and Youth

Sponsoring Organizations: Massachusetts Collage of Liberal Arts and Dr. Augie’s Science Programs
Course Location: Pittsfield/Lanesborough
Schedule: TBA (4 or 2 day course see registration form below)

Time: 8am to 5pm

Target Audience: Adults and Youth (16 years or older)

Cost: $250 for 4 days or $125 for 2 days

To apply for this course email:

Main Instructors: Lisa Provencher, M.S. Entomology. B.S. Environmental Science, various specialists TBA.

Throughout this course we will meet with scientists and local naturalists as we explore and learn about the natural world of the Berkshires. The course will include several ways everyone can contribute to science including programs such as: Citizen Science, biodiversity days and the fast and furious bioblitz.

When given the opportunity to observe nature deeply, people of all ages often develop an in-depth understanding of the importance of environmental and ecological issues that impact their lives and the lives of those who will live on this earth after us. The purpose of this course is to cultivate a community of well informed, educated, and concerned citizens.

The curriculum will afford educators the opportunity to learn about the natural history of local plants, animals, fungi, bacteria etc. through inquiry and observation.  Given the current concern with global climate change we must recognize that all living things, not just humans, represent part of the existing biodiversity. It is crucial that we, as informed citizens of this planet, are able to recognize and identify living organisms and understand that they almost certainly hold solution to biodiversity loss and the key to global sustainability.

Natural History class application form

TSIPDr. Augie’s offers the following Teacher Professional Development Courses:

  • Using Living animals in classroom
  • Ecology in the classroom
  • Water and the Environment
  • Using Inquiry to teach Science
  • Field Entomology for Teachers and Naturalists

If you have a course you are interested in and don’t see it on the list, contact me and we can see what we can work out to fit your needs. teacher comment box 1


Using Living animals in classroom
A classroom with living animals sets up an environment where active engagement and learning can take place. There are several types of animals that can provide easy and inexpensive learning centers in the classroom. In addition, these animals can be used to demonstrate a wide variety of biological concepts, hone inquiry skills, and offer a setting for experimentation and design. Most teachers, however, don’t have the time or background to develop these resources to their fullest extent. This workshop will provide teachers with a clear plan of how to raise and use animals in the classroom or have specialists introduce animals to the classroom.

This hands-on workshop will provide detailed instruction on how to maintain animals including insects and other invertebrates, as well as small animals and amphibians. Special emphasis will be placed on using these animals in activities that illustrate, life cycles, how diverse morphological, behavioral, physiological relate to evolutionary and ecological principles. Activities will include observation of animals, anatomy and physiology, how to set-up and maintain an aquariums and terrariums.

baby woolly bear caterpillarEcology in the classroom teacher comment 2
Ecology is the scientific study of the distributions, abundance and relations of all living organisms and their interactions with the environment. Ecology includes the study of plant, animal and all living populations, communities and ecosystems. Here ecosystems describe the web or network of relations among organisms at different scales of organization. Ecology is important to all species including us. We, as well as all other living things, depend on this earth for everything; food, water, shelter. Every living thing on this earth is delicately and dynamically interwoven with other living things. The smallest perturbation can upset everything. For this reason ecology is an important concept to teach to students from a very early age. The elementary classroom is a place for children to learn about living things and their environment.  This workshop will provide teachers with the basic characteristics, the structure and function and adaptations of living things.

This hands-on course will provide special emphasis on using plants and animals in activities that illustrate: seeds grown; animal life cycles; adaptation and invasive species; light and plant growth; and how the physical world provides habitat for the living world. Soil and water science as well as habitats will be addressed.

pH testing stream waterWater and the Environment Water covers 70.9% of the Earth’s surface, and is essential for all known forms of life. On Earth, it is found mostly in oceans and other large water bodies, with a small percent below ground in aquifers and in the air as vapor, clouds, and precipitation.

The water on our planet Earth moves continually through a cycle (the water cycle). This cycle, in most cases, cleans our water. Millions of people each year are affected by waterborne illnesses due to the lack of a clean water supply. Locally we are lucky to have access to clean water. Yet it is pertinent we continue to educate our community about the importance of clean water, water quality and the effects it has on our immediate environment and the environment worldwide.

This course will provide curriculum content based on the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Frameworks and detailed instructions around Earth Science, the water cycle and weather. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding evaporation, condensation, and precipitation and how the weather and living things on Earth (including humans) are an integral part of these processes. Watersheds and their importance will be addressed and ways to protect and preserve local our watersheds will be a focus of topic.


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