Learning Ahead: May 26th-29th, 2015

Weekday community-based educational opportunities can be found throughout the four counties of Western MA all week long!

This week we are featuring 6 community-based educational opportunities that can be selected to support the interests and education of self-directed teens, homeschoolers and life-long learners:

Check our list of Weekly Suggested Events for our comprehensive list, including ongoing learning and play opportunities for younger children and intergenerational community events.

Learning Ahead is sponsored in part by:

North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens

Berkshire County

Wednesday, May 27, 4pm-6pm – CANOEING: Want to learn how to canoe? The Housatonic Valley Association is offering a free introduction to canoeing program on a flatwater section of the Housatonic River in Lee. Families with kids ages 10 and up are welcome to attend this program to learn the basics of canoeing. All equipment provided. Call to pre-register. 413-394-9796. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Franklin County

Tuesday, May 26, 6pm-8pm – WILD FOODS: This time of year is great for local fruits and vegetables, but it is also ideal for edible wild plants! Learn about wild foods with herbalist Brittany Nickerson and Just Roots at the Greenfield Community Farm. Nickerson will teach self-directed older students and adults about eating seasonally with foraged wild foods, and will focus on plant identification, harvesting, and cooking. Learn about the health benefits of these plants and how they can make summer cooking more exciting! Older students interested in plants and cooking will love learning how they can be more self-sufficient by harvesting their own edible wild plants. Pre-registration is required. Call 413-325-8969 for more information and to register. 34 Glenbrook Drive, Apt 1B, Greenfield, MA. (Suggested donation >$-$)

Wednesday, May 27, 9am-12noon – WILD FLOWERS: Mass Audubon and botanist Connie Parks will lead a wildflower walk at High Ledges. Come see amazing views of the Deerfield River Valley and Mount Greylock while searching for native flora and fauna. Best for adults and older students/teens. Registration is required. 413-584-3009. Patten Road. Shelburne, MA. ($)

Hampshire County

Thursday, May 28, 7pm-9pm; Friday, May 29, 7pm-9pm – PERFORMANCE ART: Music ensembles and classes from the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts school will perform in BRAVO! at the Academy of Music on May 28 and 29. Come see these talented students perform pieces they’ve been working on all year at this exciting performance. Tickets available in advance. 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. ($)

Hampden County

Thursday, May 28, 12:15pm – IMMIGRATION: This week’s Museums a la Carte lecture at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is, “Springfield’s Immigrants: Then & Now,” with historian Frances Gagnon. She will discuss immigration to Springfield from 1636 to today. Best for older students. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (>$)

Thursday, May 28, 6:30pm – ARTSALON: There will be an ArtSalon at Gateway City Arts on May 28. Artists from the Pioneer Valley will present in Pecha Kucha format (20 slides, each 20 seconds) about their work. There will be food by Holyoke Hummus Company as well as a cash bar. ArtSalons are a great chance to learn about local artists and their work. 413-650-2670. 92-114 Race Street. Holyoke, MA. (>$)

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