Science & Environment

Appalachian Mountain Club (Regional Trails Office)

The Appalachian Mountain Club is a leading organization in outdoor recreation, conservation and education. The Berkshire Chapter maintains trails, leads hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking and other trips. For information on volunteer and intern opportunities, see the volunteer page of the Berkshire Chapter’s website. 964 South Main Street Great Barrington, MA 01230 413-528-6333 amcberkshire.org

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Berkshire Humane Society

Berkshire Humane Society is a private, nonprofit, open-admission animal support organization with a twofold mission: 1. to ensure the compassionate care, treatment, and whenever possible, placement of homeless animals through the shelter operation, and 2. to promote and improve the welfare of all animals through community education and outreach Additional Information & Current Opportunities: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/berkshire-humane-society

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Berkshire Natural Resources Council

Not-for-profit membership supported environmental advocacy group and land trust working throughout the Berkshires to preserve threatened lands. Volunteer/intern opportunities available in various capacities. 20 Bank Row Pittsfield, MA 01201 413-499-0596 Contact: Tad Ames, Executive Director www.bnrc.net

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Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

Official area wide planning agency in the Berkshire Region with comprehensive planning responsibilities including economic development, environmental, transportation, regional, community and land-use planning and data and GIS services. Volunteers and interns welcome on various projects. 1 Fenn Street Suite 201 Pittsfield, MA 01201 413-442-1521 www.berkshireplanning.org

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Break Out Trips

In 2013-2014, the Chaplains’ Office and Center for Learning in Action began coordinating funding and advising for Break Out Trips over spring break that involve projects in and beyond the Berkshires region.  A general interest survey, detailed advice, guidelines, timetable, a Proposal Form, Budget Calculator, and additional resources are available at learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/bot.

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Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary

Mass Audubon sanctuary located one mile from the center of Pittsfield which attracts a variety of birds and includes 3 miles of trails. Programs offered through the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox. Holmes Road Pittsfield, MA 413-637-0320 website [email protected]

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Center for Ecological Technology

CET, a community based non-profit organization, has been working since 1976 to help individuals, businesses, schools and communities reduce our environmental impact. CET provides education and assistance in recycling, composting, using less toxic products, energy conservation, and renewable resources. Services include: Home energy surveys and weatherization in partnership with local utility companies; sales of energy

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CLiA Community Outreach Associate

Help CLiA build community engagement at Williams by serving as one of our academic year Outreach Associates.  Outreach Associates work on event and program organization, preparation and promotion.  They also help with program logistics, reflection and revision in an area or on an issue of special interest. Additional Information & Application: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/clia-community-outreach-associate/

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CLiA Community Outreach Summer Internship

The Center for Learning in Action (CLiA) is looking for a summer intern to help build better community service and experiential learning opportunities at Williams.  This 8-week, 35-hour/week position reports to the CLiA Director and is open to rising Sophomores and Juniors. Additional Information & Application: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/community-outreach-summer-internship  

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CLiA Office Assistant

The Center for Learning in Action hires students to assist in various aspects of our office and program operations during the academic year. Additional Information & Application: http://learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/clia-office-assistant

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Give It Up!

Students collect clothing, books, & other leftovers from fellow students at year’s end. Donations are sold in the Tag sale at First Congregational Church in September. Proceeds benefit the 46-year-old ABC (A Better Chance) program for inner-city teens attending Mt. Greylock. Donated food, personal care products and cleaning supplies are brought to St. Patrick’s food pantry.

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Hoosic River Revival Summer Internship

The Hoosic River Revival (HRR) is looking for students to conduct research and assist with public programs, and help produce a short film.  The HRR is a community-based, nonprofit organization with a mission to reconnect the North Adams community to a clean, beautiful, and safe Hoosic River and to enhance the river’s recreational, cultural and

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Hoosic River Watershed Association

A non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration, conservation and enjoyment of the Hoosic River and its watershed through education, research and advocacy. To find out more about volunteer and intern opportunities including the volunteer-based water quality monitoring program and the annual Riverfest celebration, contact HooRWA. P.O. Box 667 Williamstown, MA 01267 413-458-2742 hoorwa.org [email protected]

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Housatonic River Initiative

A non-profit coalition of Berkshire County residents working to restore the Housatonic River and its floodplain as a major community asset, a river safe to fish and swim. HRI’s work includes a) advocating for timely and comprehensive PCB cleanup, b) educating County residents, young and old, about the river, its ecological science, contamination and cleanup,

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Housatonic Valley Association

HVA works to conserve the natural character and environmental health of our communities in the Housatonic River watershed by restoring and protecting our lands and waters for this and future generations. P.O. Box 251 1383 Route 102 South Lee, MA 01260 413-394-9796 www.hvatoday.org [email protected]

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Lehman Community Engagement

Student Leaders: Jacob Watt-Morse ([email protected]), Kevin Kelly ([email protected]), Sonia Cheung ([email protected]), Faculty/Staff Adviser: Sharif Rosen ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Sundays, Paresky Lehman Community Engagement (LCE) strives to promote and facilitate fellow Williams’ students’ relationships and interactions with our Berkshire community, both by providing regular opportunities for such engagement and supporting existing initiatives with similar goals. LCE designs and executes

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Mass Appalachian Trail Management Committee of the Berkshires (AT Committee)

Mission and programming focused on protection and preservation of the Appalachian Trail and Trail corridor lands in Massachusetts through scheduled work parties during the field season and collaboration with relevant State and Federal Agencies on matters of land protection and preservation. Local contact: Cosmo Catalano

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Math Riddles

Many students find math dry in high school and junior high school. The purpose of the webpage is to help students and teachers see that math can be fun, interesting and applicable. In addition to the riddles, there is a student/teacher corner where detailed explanations are given, not just of how to solve the problem,

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Purple Bike Coalition

Student Leaders: Maija Lindaas ([email protected]), Matthew Goss ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Sarah Gardner ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Tuesdays 7pm, Bike Shop The Purple Bike Coalition (PBC) is Williams College’s free bike service organization, based out of the bike shop on the ground floor of Mark Hopkins. Run and staffed by students, we offer free bike repair and rental services

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Sheffield Land Trust

Non-profit member organization, established in 1989, dedicated to protecting the land essential to Sheffield’s natural, scenic, agricultural, and rural character through a program of stewardship and by working with landowners, farmers and other partners. Welcomes volunteers in a variety of capacities. P.O. Box 940 404 Legeyt Road Sheffield, MA 01257 413-229-0234 www.sheffieldland.org [email protected]

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Sweet Water Trust (Berkshire Office)

A grantmaking foundation funding conservation projects that safeguard wild land, wild water, native wildlife and living soils in the northern Appalachian region. 404 Legeyt Road Sheffield, MA 01257 413-229-0202 www.sweetwatertrust.org [email protected]

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The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to preserve plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. The organization employs a strategic, science based process called “Conservation by Design” to identify the highest priority places — landscapes and seascapes — that, if

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The Orion Society

The Orion Society’s programs and publications seek to inform, inspire and engage individuals and grass roots organizations to become a significant cultural force for healing nature and community. Orion’s work includes Orion Magazine, books, workshops, seminars and the Orion Grassroots Network, a fast growing association of environmental and community organizations. The Society welcomes volunteers in

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The Trustees of Reservations

Member supported non-profit conservation organization that preserves various property for public use and enjoyment. Field Farm is a 300 acre property managed by the Trustees. Will Garrison, Historic Resources Manager at Field Farm, welcomes volunteer help, particularly with tours of the farm. Field Farm 565 Sloan Road Williamstown, MA 01267 413-458-3144 www.thetrustees.org [email protected] Will Garrison

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The Wilderness Society

The Wilderness Society‘s mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places.  We contribute to better protection, stewardship and restoration of our public lands, preserving our rich natural legacy for current and future generations. Additional Information & Current Opportunities: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/the-wilderness-society/

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Thursday Night Grassroots

Thursday Night Grassroots was formed to create an outlet for direct student action in the face of global environmental catastrophe and immense social inequality.  The group strives to highlight and actively address these issues within the context of our community, our state, and our nation. The group believes that Williams students are among a small

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Williams Sustainable Growers

Student Leader: Caroline Atwood ([email protected]), Josh Morrison ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Mike Evans ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Mondays 5:45pm, Driscoll We are a group of students who love gardening and farming and hope to teach the rest of the campus about it too! We run and organize Parsons Garden and the Presidential Garden, as well as ten other beds

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Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation

Non-profit member supported land trust working with the community to preserve and protect the rural New England character and unique landscapes of Williamstown. Director Reed-Evans welcomes volunteer and intern help in many capacities, including special projects which students might propose such as habitat creation. 671 Cold Spring Road Williamstown, MA 01267 413-458-2494 Contact: Leslie Reed-Evans,

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Winter Blitz

Faculty/Staff Adviser: Amy Johns ([email protected]) A one-day fall program weatherizing low income homes in Berkshire County run through the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives. Students train and then work with faculty, staff and community volunteers preparing area homes for the winter. Winter Blitz Blog

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