Home < Weekly Suggested Events < May 8-14, 2021

Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking curriculum ideas for remote learning or homeschooling? Are you a self-directed, life-long, and/or experiential learner? Are you curious or wanting to support the interests of your family. Our weekly Suggested Events list includes suggested learning ideas, resources, and events for all ages, each week!

Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

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FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM: Hilltown Youth Recovery Theatre

Charlemont, MA ♦ The Recovery Theatre is a performing arts experience for young people overcoming trauma, addiction, anxiety, depression, and other behavioral health challenges. This post-workshop 5-day intensive is for any teen living with circumstances that present barriers to them becoming their fullest selves. Their innovative strength-based, holistic model—they integrate therapeutic horseback riding, circus silks, trapeze, ziplines, white water rafting, aerial park, and the gorgeous natural landscape of West County—takes into account adolescents developing endocrine and nervous systems, incorporates families, social supports and emphasizes peer interactions. Join the summer spectacle! (See Hilltown Youth Performing Arts Programs). Visit their website to learn how they opened safely in 2020. Dates: August 6-10, 2021; Age Range: 12-18yo & 18 -24yo. Contact: 413-625-2100. hilltownyouth@gmail.com; hilltownyouth.org.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM: Hilltown Youth Performing Arts Programs

Charlemont, MA ♦ Perform under the stars on an aerial park, zipline and mountaintop at Berkshire East ensemble and theatergoers reach by chairlift! The Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop offers intensive, outdoor training for aspiring actors, artists, dancers, musicians, singers, and circus performers (trapeze, fabrics, stilts, German wheel) with Knighthorse Theatre, Double Edge Theatre, and other luminaries from the Valley’s performing arts community. HS-aged ensemble members can apply for their youth Job Corps program. So teens supporting and creating all this vibrant youth and performing arts culture get to be part of the creative arts economy which we all benefit from! (No prior experience required.) Visit their website to learn how they opened safely in 2020. Dates: July 12-August 4, 2021; Age Range: 7-18yo. Contact: 413-625-2100. hilltownyouth@gmail.com; hilltownyouth.org.

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Springfield, MA

Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st–8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon outdoor/indoor activities and field trips throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer. So come along and join Camp MacDuffie this summer!

Prelude Preschool of the Arts in Springfield offers five-day arts-integrated learning & play for ages 2.9-5. Full & half-day programming options feature specialized classes taught by expert musicians & artists in the areas of early childhood music, dance, yoga, Suzuki violin, bucket drumming, & visual art. Prelude Preschool’s arts-centered curriculum, in partnership with Enchanted Circle Theater, supports social-emotional development while fostering creativity & a lifelong love for learning. Flexible before & aftercare is available. Regularly scheduled family nights facilitate community connection & collaboration. Take a tour of their refreshed classrooms, renovated for optimal learning. prelude@communitymusicschool.com 413-750-9560

FEATURED SALE
River Valley Co-op
Northampton, MA

Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st–8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon outdoor/indoor activities and field trips throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer. So come along and join Camp MacDuffie this summer!

River Valley Co-op’s much-anticipated spring plant sale is happening May 7th, 8th, and 9th. This socially distanced event is being held outside in their parking lot and will feature a huge selection of local, organic, and heirloom varieties of veggies, herbs, and flowers. Kick off the gardening season in the Valley with some high-quality starts from your local co-op! Everyone welcome! 330 N. King St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-2665. 
www.rivervalley.coop

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Deerfield Academy Summer Arts Camp (DASAC)
Deerfield, MA

Deerfield Academy Summer Arts Camp (DASAC)
Virtual.

Dates: July 6-August 13, 2021
Age Range: 11-16yo
Contact: 413-774-1405
jbechtold@deerfield.edu
bit.ly/dasac21registration

In its 31st year, DASAC has been a creative haven for 11-16 year-olds around the Pioneer Valley. DASAC believes in creating a safe space for campers to be their most inspired and weirdest selves in a community of generous, socially-conscious peers. With their wide array of studio offerings across the visual & performing arts, their novel cross-disciplinary projects, and their trust in adolescent creativity, DASAC is the kind of place where campers come into themselves while making enduring relationships with others. After a triumphant 2020 remote experience, DASAC staff looks to drive their 2021 virtual program by helping campers build an exciting bridge out of the pandemic into the chapters ahead that connects them to new folk. Financial aid available. Session 1 – July 6-23; Session 2 – July 27-August 13.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Camp Lion Knoll
Leyden, MA

Black and white logo for Girls Club of Greenfield: Valley Play School & Camp Lion Knoll.
Outdoors. Indoors.

Dates: June 28-August 20, 2021
Age Range: 4.5-13yo
Contact: 413-774-7407
srickman@girlsclubofgreenfield.org
www.girlsclubofgreenfield.org

Leyden, MA ♦ Camp Lion Knoll provides children from 4.5 years to 14 years of age a summer camp experience when the public schools are not in session. Their program allows parents to attend school, work, and/or receive special services while knowing their child is busy and safe. Camp Lion Knoll promotes social and emotional learning and provides children with quality out-of-school time experience that studies show can help stem academic declines typical of a summer break. Campers are also provided with a structured meal schedule and nutritious meals during the summer.

FEATURED AUTISM RESOURCE
Zephyr Behavioral Healthcare
Hatfield, MA

Indoor Program

Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. ♦ Ages 2-6yrs
For more information: 413-247-6364; info@zephyrbehavioral.org; www.zephyrbehavioral.org

Zephyr Behavioral Healthcare provides Center-Based ABA services to children with autism, ages 2-6. First and foremost, they want their clients to love learning. They challenge the stereotype of monotonous and repetitive behavior therapy by centering their services around play. They weave together data-driven results with a nurturing, fun-loving environment to create a balanced intervention. Their program simulates a preschool environment, with individualized and group instruction throughout the day. With 1:1 support and supervision, they identify the key skills that will prepare their clients to succeed in other environments later in life. They then break down these skills, teach smaller goals, build a strong foundation, and fill their clients’ toolboxes for the future.

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Home > Hilltown Family Variety Show > HFVS Mindfulness Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn

Join Kindie rockstar and Certified Mindfulness Instructor Charity Kahn of “Charity and the JAMband” for an exploration of what it means to be mindful. Using songs, teachings, and guided meditations, Charity takes the listener on a journey from presence to compassion — you’ll slow down, pay attention, listen, breathe, be, love, and even change the world!

Join Kindie rockstar and Certified Mindfulness Instructor Charity Kahn of “Charity and the JAMband” for an exploration of what it means to be mindful. Using songs, teachings, and guided meditations, Charity takes the listener on a journey from presence to compassion — you’ll slow down, pay attention, listen, breathe, be, love, and even change the world!

HFVS Mindfulness Episode
with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn
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Home < Weekly Suggested Events < May 1-7, 2021

Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking curriculum ideas for remote learning or homeschooling? Are you a self-directed, life-long, and/or experiential learner? Are you curious or wanting to support the interests of your family. Our weekly Suggested Events list includes suggested learning ideas, resources, and events for all ages, each week!

Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

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Our Summer Directory for Western Massachusetts is now LIVE!
FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM: Hilltown Youth Performing Arts Programs

Charlemont, MA ♦ Perform under the stars on an aerial park, zipline and mountaintop at Berkshire East ensemble and theatergoers reach by chairlift! The Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop offers intensive, outdoor training for aspiring actors, artists, dancers, musicians, singers, and circus performers (trapeze, fabrics, stilts, German wheel) with Knighthorse Theatre, Double Edge Theatre, and other luminaries from the Valley’s performing arts community. HS-aged ensemble members can apply for their youth Job Corps program. So teens supporting and creating all this vibrant youth and performing arts culture get to be part of the creative arts economy which we all benefit from! (No prior experience required.) Visit their website to learn how they opened safely in 2020. Dates: July 12-August 4, 2021; Age Range: 7-18yo. Contact: 413-625-2100. hilltownyouth@gmail.com; hilltownyouth.org.

FEATURED FARM STORE
Bare Roots Farm in West Chesterfield, MA.

Now is the time to order your plants, and Bare Roots Farm in West Chesterfield is open for pre-orders via their online store.

This time every year, many families start to think about tending to their gardens, growing their own food, and being able to access locally grown food easily. Gardening connects families with the seasons and is a multidisciplinary activity embedded with learning every step along the way, from botany to soil science to meteorology. At home, gardening can occur in either a garden plot, porch containers, or window sills, becoming a learning laboratory for all family members. Bare Roots Farm is a locally owned family greenhouse growing useful organic plants. Orders can be picked up at their Farm Stand (329 Ireland Street) beginning the 2nd week of May. Place your order now at Barerootsfarm.com.

FEATURED SALE
River Valley Co-op
Northampton, MA

Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st–8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon outdoor/indoor activities and field trips throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer. So come along and join Camp MacDuffie this summer!

Celebrate Earth Week at River Valley Co-op and get 15% OFF all items in their expansive Bulk Department from April 21st through May 4th! Buy only what you need, from a pinch to a pound, and do your part to reduce excess packaging and food waste. Come stock up on beans, rice, granola, flours, herbs and spices, household cleaning supplies, and so much more. Everyone is welcome to come stock up and save! Sale excludes pre-packaged items. 330 N. King St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-2665. www.rivervalley.coop

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Springfield, MA

Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st–8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon outdoor/indoor activities and field trips throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer. So come along and join Camp MacDuffie this summer!

Prelude Preschool of the Arts in Springfield offers five-day arts-integrated learning & play for ages 2.9-5. Full & half-day programming options feature specialized classes taught by expert musicians & artists in the areas of early childhood music, dance, yoga, Suzuki violin, bucket drumming, & visual art. Prelude Preschool’s arts-centered curriculum, in partnership with Enchanted Circle Theater, supports social-emotional development while fostering creativity & a lifelong love for learning. Flexible before & aftercare is available. Regularly scheduled family nights facilitate community connection & collaboration. Take a tour of their refreshed classrooms, renovated for optimal learning. prelude@communitymusicschool.com 413-750-9560

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Camp MacDuffie
Granby, MA

Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st–8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon outdoor/indoor activities and field trips throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer. So come along and join Camp MacDuffie this summer!
Outdoors. Indoors.

Dates: June 28-August 2, 2021
Age Range: 6-14yo
Contact: 413-255-0000 x110
khamel@macduffie.org
summer.macduffie.org

Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st–8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon outdoor/indoor activities and field trips throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer. So come along and join Camp MacDuffie this summer!

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Barrington Stage Company’s
KidsAct! & TeensAct!

Pittsfield, MA

Six children laying in the grass with text overlay for the Berkshire Music School summer program.
Outdoors.

Dates: June 28-August 13, 2021
Age Range: 7-14yo
Contact: 413-997-6117 ♦ education@barringtonstageco.org
barringtonstageco.org

Join Barrington Stage Company for KidsAct! & TeensAct! This summer, BSC is doing things a bit differently to safely accommodate the campers: by holding TeensAct! & KidsAct! as two separate three-week camps, held outdoors, location TBA. This will allow BSC to focus attention fully on one group of young people, to maintain a more contained pod-style environment with one group of campers at a time, and most importantly, to put the energy into creating the best and wackiest pieces of original musical theatre that can possibly be created! Students create an original musical with their peers to be performed on the final day of the program. Winner of the 2019 Gold Daisy Award for Best Drama/Theater lessons in the Berkshires, by Macaroni Kid.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Deerfield Academy Summer Arts Camp (DASAC)
Deerfield, MA

Deerfield Academy Summer Arts Camp (DASAC)
Virtual.

Dates: July 6-August 13, 2021
Age Range: 11-16yo
Contact: 413-774-1405
jbechtold@deerfield.edu
bit.ly/dasac21registration

In its 31st year, DASAC has been a creative haven for 11-16 year-olds around the Pioneer Valley. DASAC believes in creating a safe space for campers to be their most inspired and weirdest selves in a community of generous, socially-conscious peers. With their wide array of studio offerings across the visual & performing arts, their novel cross-disciplinary projects, and their trust in adolescent creativity, DASAC is the kind of place where campers come into themselves while making enduring relationships with others. After a triumphant 2020 remote experience, DASAC staff looks to drive their 2021 virtual program by helping campers build an exciting bridge out of the pandemic into the chapters ahead that connects them to new folk. Financial aid available. Session 1 – July 6-23; Session 2 – July 27-August 13.

FEATURED EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAM
Community Action’s Head Start &
Early Learning Programs

Six children laying in the grass with text overlay for the Berkshire Music School summer program.

Community Action’s Head Start & Early Learning Programs (HSELP) provides quality early education & care and comprehensive services to pregnant women and children birth to five in Franklin, Hampshire, and Western Hampden Counties, MA. Every day, their mission is front and center: they partner with families in all they do and believe that parents are the experts on their children. Together, they build a solid foundation for resilient and resourceful caregivers; caring, confident, and curious children; and responsive, invested communities. All of their services are provided at either low or no cost to eligible children and families.  www.communityaction.us or call 413-387-1250 

FEATURED SALE
River Valley Co-op
Northampton, MA

Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st–8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon outdoor/indoor activities and field trips throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer. So come along and join Camp MacDuffie this summer!

River Valley Co-op’s much-anticipated spring plant sale is happening May 7th, 8th, and 9th. This socially distanced event is being held outside in their parking lot and will feature a huge selection of local, organic, and heirloom varieties of veggies, herbs, and flowers. Kick off the gardening season in the Valley with some high-quality starts from your local co-op! Everyone welcome! 330 N. King St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-2665. 
www.rivervalley.coop

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Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of readers in Western MA who are committed to their community and willing to support one another in times of need. In-person and virtual event organizers, local and online businesses, virtual and local service providers, non-profit organizations, and individuals are encouraged to reach out to find out about our affordable advertising options and marketing packages. To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact Sienna at swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org.

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Home > Hilltown Family Variety Show > HFVS Jazz Episode with Guest DJ, Dana Cohenour

Dana from Dana's Music Playground is jazzed up about JAZZ in this swingin' episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show. Young listeners will learn to identify instruments like the clarinet, trumpet, piano, bass, sax, and drums as they scat sing along with Dana in this engaging introduction to the genre of jazz.

Dana from Dana’s Music Playground is jazzed up about JAZZ in this swingin’ episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show. Young listeners will learn to identify instruments like the clarinet, trumpet, piano, bass, sax, and drums as they scat sing along with Dana in this engaging introduction to the genre of jazz.

HFVS Jazz Episode
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Home < Weekly Suggested Events < April 24-30, 2021

Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking curriculum ideas for remote learning or homeschooling? Are you a self-directed, life-long, and/or experiential learner? Are you curious or wanting to support the interests of your family. Our weekly Suggested Events list includes suggested learning ideas, resources, and events for all ages, each week!

Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

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Our Summer Directory for Western Massachusetts is now LIVE!
FEATURED FARM STORE
Bare Roots Farm in West Chesterfield, MA.

Now is the time to order your plants, and Bare Roots Farm in West Chesterfield is open for pre-orders via their online store.

This time every year, many families start to think about tending to their gardens, growing their own food, and being able to access locally grown food easily. Gardening connects families with the seasons and is a multidisciplinary activity embedded with learning every step along the way, from botany to soil science to meteorology. At home, gardening can occur in either a garden plot, porch containers, or window sills, becoming a learning laboratory for all family members. Bare Roots Farm is a locally owned family greenhouse growing useful organic plants. Orders can be picked up at their Farm Stand (329 Ireland Street) beginning the 2nd week of May. Place your order now at Barerootsfarm.com.

2021 Amherst Winterfest
Programming on Demand and Summer Camp Classes at the Springfield Museums!

Programming on Demand at the Springfield Museums is a new way to experience the Springfield Museums. Programming on Demand, or PODs, are field trips for families, friends, and small groups. Customize a field trip to the Museums for your group of five to 30 people (divided into smaller groups of 10). Children & adults will participate in up to three hour-long curriculum-based school programs. Mix and match science, art, history, and Seuss! Summer camp classes at the Museums will include art, nature, and space explorations for children 5 -12yo. Teens will enjoy drawing, painting, and printmaking. July 12-16; July 19-23; July 26-30. All experiences require a mask & social distancing. Classes will be kept small. For more info, call 413-314-6477.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM: Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Summer Youth Programs

Northampton, MA ♦ Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School is pleased to announce its 2021 Summer Program offerings for students entering grades 6, 7, and 8. Programs include: Entering the World of Cosmetology; Tour de Cuisine: Cultivating the Young Culinarian; Criminal Justice League; Explore Digital Art; Introduction to Drawing and Painting; The Art of Collision Repair and Restoration; Exploring the Field of Automotive Technology. Weekly programs from July 12-July 29. Half-day runs 8:30am-12:30pm. Full-Day runs 8:30am-3:30pm. Students can prepare amazing food, practice beauty techniques, learn about art, automotive, or law enforcement. For full course descriptions, including which weeks they will run and to register for a Summer Youth Program, please see their website. Dates: July 12-29, 2021; Age Range: 11-14yo. Contact: 413-587-1414 x3530; lturner@smithtec.org; www.smithtec.org/summer.

FEATURED COHOUSING
Village Hill Cohousing
Northampton, MA

Six children laying in the grass with text overlay for the Berkshire Music School summer program.
Virtual Tours: April 24

Village Hill Cohousing in Northampton, MA, invites the community to join their online information session, including a virtual tour of their homes and beautiful community. The date is Saturday, April 24, 11am-12noon (EDT) for the first session or 2-3pm (EDT) for the second one. Please RSVP to MarketCom@villagehillcohousing.org, and tell them which session you want to attend, and they’ll send you a link shortly before the event. Meet members, learn more about this vibrant, growing community, and ask questions. They look forward to seeing you there. www.villagehillcohousing.com

FEATURED EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAM
Community Action’s Head Start &
Early Learning Programs

Six children laying in the grass with text overlay for the Berkshire Music School summer program.

Community Action’s Head Start & Early Learning Programs (HSELP) provides quality early education & care and comprehensive services to pregnant women and children birth to five in Franklin, Hampshire, and Western Hampden Counties, MA. Every day, their mission is front and center: they partner with families in all they do and believe that parents are the experts on their children. Together, they build a solid foundation for resilient and resourceful caregivers; caring, confident, and curious children; and responsive, invested communities. All of their services are provided at either low or no cost to eligible children and families.  www.communityaction.us or call 413-387-1250 

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Camp MacDuffie
Granby, MA

Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st–8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon outdoor/indoor activities and field trips throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer. So come along and join Camp MacDuffie this summer!
Outdoors. Indoors.

Dates: June 28-August 2, 2021
Age Range: 6-14yo
Contact: 413-255-0000 x110
khamel@macduffie.org
summer.macduffie.org

Grandy, MA ♦ Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st–8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon outdoor/indoor activities and field trips throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer. So come along and join Camp MacDuffie this summer!

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Barrington Stage Company’s
KidsAct! & TeensAct!

Pittsfield, MA

Six children laying in the grass with text overlay for the Berkshire Music School summer program.
Outdoors.

Dates: June 28-August 13, 2021
Age Range: 7-14yo
Contact: 413-997-6117 ♦ education@barringtonstageco.org
barringtonstageco.org

Join Barrington Stage Company for KidsAct! & TeensAct! This summer, BSC is doing things a bit differently to safely accommodate the campers: by holding TeensAct! & KidsAct! as two separate three-week camps, held outdoors, location TBA. This will allow BSC to focus attention fully on one group of young people, to maintain a more contained pod-style environment with one group of campers at a time, and most importantly, to put the energy into creating the best and wackiest pieces of original musical theatre that can possibly be created! Students create an original musical with their peers to be performed on the final day of the program. Winner of the 2019 Gold Daisy Award for Best Drama/Theater lessons in the Berkshires, by Macaroni Kid.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Kamp for Kids
Westfield, MA

Photo of adult and child play with text overlay, Behavioral Health Network Kamp for Kids in Westfield, MA.
Outdoors. Indoors. Virtual.

Dates: July-August, 2021
Age Range: 3-22yo 
Contact: 413-562-5678
♦ Anne.Benoit@bhninc.org 
♦ www.bhninc.org

Kamp for Kids brings together children with and without disabilities in a unique integrated model that promotes understanding and growth. This summer’s Kamp experience will be offered both in-person and virtually and includes art, health, nature, and other inclusive, fun activities. As a fully inclusive summer camp, it the mission of Kamp for Kids to serve a population of both children with disabilities and their typically developing peers. Please note they are operating at a limited capacity this summer. Please call for more information.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Berkshire Music School
Adventures in Music and RockOn!

Pittsfield, MA

Six children laying in the grass with text overlay for the Berkshire Music School summer program.
Outdoors. Indoors.

Dates: July 5-August 13, 2021
Age Range: 5yo-Adult
Contact: 413-442-1411 ♦ nneubert@berkshiremusicschool.org
www.BerkshireMusicSchool.org

Play outside this summer with Adventures in Music at the Berkshire Music School! Designed for young music lovers, Adventures in Music give your budding musician a solid foundation in making-music in a fun, engaging atmosphere. Participants will enjoy group classes in world music, chorus, and creative movement on the tented lawn of BMS’s historic campus, as well as small group workshops in piano, ukulele, and visual arts interpretation. Session 1 (ages 5-9): July 5-16 and Session 2 (ages 10-13): July 19-30. And RockOn returns for pre-teen and teen musicians experienced in guitar, bass, keyboard, vocals, and drums. Aug. 2-13.

FEATURED SALE
River Valley Co-op
Northampton, MA

Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st–8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon outdoor/indoor activities and field trips throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer. So come along and join Camp MacDuffie this summer!

Celebrate Earth Week at River Valley Co-op and get 15% OFF all items in their expansive Bulk Department from April 21st through May 4th! Buy only what you need, from a pinch to a pound, and do your part to reduce excess packaging and food waste. Come stock up on beans, rice, granola, flours, herbs and spices, household cleaning supplies, and so much more. Everyone is welcome to come stock up and save! Sale excludes pre-packaged items. 330 N. King St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-2665. www.rivervalley.coop

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Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of readers in Western MA who are committed to their community and willing to support one another in times of need. In-person and virtual event organizers, local and online businesses, virtual and local service providers, non-profit organizations, and individuals are encouraged to reach out to find out about our affordable advertising options and marketing packages. To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact Sienna at swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org.

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Nature-Based Word Scramble for Early Spring in New England

What is it? Where is it?

Allow this free word scramble printable to lead curiosity during April! Support language arts by unscrambling the letters to identify what’s in each picture. In early Spring, look for these treasures in nature throughout the Hilltowns of western Massachusetts and around New England.

Use this printable to encourage local engagement in the natural world by searching for native and invasive species, identifying seeds from different trees, and supporting interests in ornithology, botany, and mycology.

Engaging in the natural world, a community-based educational resource available to everyone, supports a sense of place. Make learning relevant to where you live!

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Home > Hilltown Family Variety Show > HFVS Hollywood’s Golden Age Episode with Guest DJ, Beth Jean

Tap your toes with tunes from tinsel town and music inspired by the golden age of Hollywood with guest DJ, Beth Jean!

Tap your toes with tunes from tinsel town and music inspired by the golden age of Hollywood! Beth Jean guest DJs the HFVS, celebrating her love for theater and the fancy footwork of film stars like Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Gene Kelly. — Lights, Camera aaaaaaand Action!

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Home < Weekly Suggested Events < April 17-23, 2021

April School Vacation Week in Western MA. During school vacation week, libraries, museums, and nature centers, along with many other resources, host self-directed learning events. - Daffodils

Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking curriculum ideas for remote learning or homeschooling? Are you a self-directed, life-long, and/or experiential learner? Are you curious or wanting to support the interests of your family. Our weekly Suggested Events list includes suggested learning ideas, resources, and events for all ages, each week!

Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

10 LEARNING RESOURCES

DISABILITY HISTORYSmithsonian Disability History 

LATINO HISTORYSmithsonian Latino History 

LGBTQ HISTORYSmithsonian LGBTQ History 

ART STUDIESVirtual Norman Rockwell Museum 

OUTDOOR ADVENTURESTrails at Mass Audubon 

MUSIC STUDIESJazz Library at the Jones Library 

STORYTELLINGNational Storytelling Network 

OUTDOOR ADVENTURESHiking Trails in Massachusetts 

INDIGENOUS COSMOLOGIESNational Museum of the American Indian Star Stories 

CREATIVE-FREE PLAY. Fairy Houses

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Hartsbrook School Fiddle Camp: it's not just for fiddles! Bring your cellos, guitars, and ukuleles too. Campers learn tunes from around the world, playing under outdoor canopies on Hartsbrook's beautiful, spacious campus in Hadley, MA. The experienced instructors bring joy and fun to music lessons, and the school's donkeys and goats are a receptive audience for practice concerts. For beginner-intermediate through intermediate level musicians in rising 4th through 9th grade. July 5-9, 9am-12:30pm. For more information: www.hartsbrook.org/programs/fiddle-camp.
FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM: Hartsbrook School Fiddle Camp

Hartsbrook School Fiddle Camp: it’s not just for fiddles! Bring your cellos, guitars, and ukuleles too. Campers learn tunes from around the world, playing under outdoor canopies on Hartsbrook’s beautiful, spacious campus in Hadley, MA. The experienced instructors bring joy and fun to music lessons, and the school’s donkeys and goats are a receptive audience for practice concerts. For beginner-intermediate through intermediate level musicians in rising 4th through 9th grade. July 5-9, 9am-12:30pm. For more information: www.hartsbrook.org/programs/fiddle-camp.

2021 Amherst Winterfest
Programming on Demand and Summer Camp Classes at the Springfield Museums!

Programming on Demand at the Springfield Museums is a new way to experience the Springfield Museums. Programming on Demand, or PODs, are field trips for families, friends, and small groups. Customize a field trip to the Museums for your group of five to 30 people (divided into smaller groups of 10). Children & adults will participate in up to three hour-long curriculum-based school programs. Mix and match science, art, history, and Seuss! Summer camp classes at the Museums will include art, nature, and space explorations for children 5 -12yo. Teens will enjoy drawing, painting, and printmaking. July 12-16; July 19-23; July 26-30. All experiences require a mask & social distancing. Classes will be kept small. For more info, call 413-314-6477.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM: Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Summer Youth Programs

Northampton, MA ♦ Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School is pleased to announce its 2021 Summer Program offerings for students entering grades 6, 7, and 8. Programs include: Entering the World of Cosmetology; Tour de Cuisine: Cultivating the Young Culinarian; Criminal Justice League; Explore Digital Art; Introduction to Drawing and Painting; The Art of Collision Repair and Restoration; Exploring the Field of Automotive Technology. Weekly programs from July 12-July 29. Half-day runs 8:30am-12:30pm. Full-Day runs 8:30am-3:30pm. Students can prepare amazing food, practice beauty techniques, learn about art, automotive, or law enforcement. For full course descriptions, including which weeks they will run and to register for a Summer Youth Program, please see their website. Dates: July 12-29, 2021; Age Range: 11-14yo. Contact: 413-587-1414 x3530; lturner@smithtec.org; www.smithtec.org/summer.

FEATURED SCHOOL
Bement School
Deerfield, MA

The Putney School Summer Arts
Open House: April 20. Now enrolling for Fall 2021

Bement is open with students attending school in person, and they are accepting applications for fall 2021 as space remains available. The Bement School, founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield, is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 200 students in kindergarten through grade 9. Bement’s rich curriculum motivates and challenges students with strong academics, a renowned fine arts program, and a diverse athletic program. Students participate in athletics and fine arts every day. The pervasive atmosphere at Bement is that of a family, learning, and living together. Bement actively seeks an academically diverse, international, and multi-cultural student body. For information, join their virtual open house or call 413-774-4209 www.bement.org.

FEATURED COHOUSING
Village Hill Cohousing
Northampton, MA

Six children laying in the grass with text overlay for the Berkshire Music School summer program.
Virtual Tours: April 24

Village Hill Cohousing in Northampton, MA, invites the community to join their online information session, including a virtual tour of their homes and beautiful community. The date is Saturday, April 24, 11am-12noon (EDT) for the first session or 2-3pm (EDT) for the second one. Please RSVP to MarketCom@villagehillcohousing.org, and tell them which session you want to attend, and they’ll send you a link shortly before the event. Meet members, learn more about this vibrant, growing community, and ask questions. They look forward to seeing you there. www.villagehillcohousing.com

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Miss Leticia Music Summer Camp
Amherst, MA

Outdoors. Indoors.

Dates: July 12-August 13, 2021
Age Range: 6-16yo
Contact: 413-246-7338
missleticia@missleticia.com
www.missleticia.com

Miss Leticia Music Summer Camp and Songwriting Camp: Week 1:Beginner,Rock band-Radio Hits July 12-16, 9-3pm Week 2 Camp Beginner, Rock Band- Radio Hits, British Invasion, Alternative July 26-30, 9-3pm Week 3 Songwriting/Recording Camp – August 9-13, Mon – Thurs 9-4pm, Friday 9-6pm

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Hilltown Sleddogs Summer Camps
West Chesterfield, MA

Photograph of sled dogs with text and graphic overlay for Hilltown Sleddogs summer camps.
Outdoors.

Dates: July 6-August 27, 2021; Age Range: 8-16yo
Contact: 413-320-8287
♦ hilltownsleddogs@gmail.com
♦ www.hilltownsleddogs.com/camps

Learn to take care of & exercise a world-class athlete – the Alaskan Husky Sled Dog. Choose a dog for the week. Learn to feed, pet, play, clean-up after, and train a sled dog. Ride a racing rig, scooter, bike, jog, and swim – some of the warm weather activities dogs & Campers love to do together. All have fun bonding, playing & mushing with the team! “My daughter loved the week-long camp, really bonded with her dog and plans to return next year. Hilltown Sleddogs is one of Pioneer Valleys’ unique treasures!” (JG) “The hands-on connection with dogs is amazing. At the end of the week, my boys don’t want to come home.” (EM) Overnight Camps will resume 2022. Covid Safety Protocol will continue for 2021. July 6-August 27, 202

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Berkshire Music School
Adventures in Music and RockOn!

Pittsfield, MA

Six children laying in the grass with text overlay for the Berkshire Music School summer program.
Outdoors. Indoors.

Dates: July 5-August 13, 2021
Age Range: 5yo-Adult
Contact: 413-442-1411 ♦ nneubert@berkshiremusicschool.org
www.BerkshireMusicSchool.org

Play outside this summer with Adventures in Music at the Berkshire Music School! Designed for young music lovers, Adventures in Music give your budding musician a solid foundation in making-music in a fun, engaging atmosphere. Participants will enjoy group classes in world music, chorus, and creative movement on the tented lawn of BMS’s historic campus, as well as small group workshops in piano, ukulele, and visual arts interpretation. Session 1 (ages 5-9): July 5-16 and Session 2 (ages 10-13): July 19-30. And RockOn returns for pre-teen and teen musicians experienced in guitar, bass, keyboard, vocals, and drums. Aug. 2-13.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Kamp for Kids
Westfield, MA

Photo of adult and child play with text overlay, Behavioral Health Network Kamp for Kids in Westfield, MA.
Outdoors. Indoors. Virtual.

Dates: July-August, 2021
Age Range: 3-22yo 
Contact: 413-562-5678
♦ Anne.Benoit@bhninc.org 
♦ www.bhninc.org

Kamp for Kids brings together children with and without disabilities in a unique integrated model that promotes understanding and growth. This summer’s Kamp experience will be offered both in-person and virtually and includes art, health, nature, and other inclusive, fun activities. As a fully inclusive summer camp, it the mission of Kamp for Kids to serve a population of both children with disabilities and their typically developing peers. Please note they are operating at a limited capacity this summer. Please call for more information.

FEATURED FARM STORE
Bare Roots Farm in West Chesterfield, MA.

Now is the time to order your plants, and Bare Roots Farm in West Chesterfield is open for pre-orders via their online store.

This time every year, many families start to think about tending to their gardens, growing their own food, and being able to access locally grown food easily. Gardening connects families with the seasons and is a multidisciplinary activity embedded with learning every step along the way, from botany to soil science to meteorology. At home, gardening can occur in either a garden plot, porch containers, or window sills, becoming a learning laboratory for all family members. Bare Roots Farm is a locally owned family greenhouse growing useful organic plants. Orders can be picked up at their Farm Stand (329 Ireland Street) beginning the 2nd week of May. Place your order now at Barerootsfarm.com.

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Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of readers in Western MA who are committed to their community and willing to support one another in times of need. In-person and virtual event organizers, local and online businesses, virtual and local service providers, non-profit organizations, and individuals are encouraged to reach out to find out about our affordable advertising options and marketing packages. To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact Sienna at swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org.

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Quonquont Farm PYO Flowers Club

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Enter to win a membership to Quonquont Farm PYO Flowers Club in Whatley, MA. A great gift to give for Mother’s Day!

We can learn so much through the lens of flowers, including botany, ecology, and even evolution. Flowers can also positively impact well-being and can be gifted to others (and yourself!) as an act of loving-kindness. This year, treat yourself to a summer of flowers with Quonquont Farm PYO Flowers Club!

For over 15 years, Hilltown Families has been interpreting the educational and social value of local events, resources, and opportunities, while encouraging community engagement as a method for strengthening a sense of place. One such resource is Quonquont Farm in Whately, MA, and their PYO Flower Club

This spring, in anticipation of Mother’s Day, Hilltown Families and Quonquont Farm have partnered up to offer an opportunity to win a membership to Quonquont Farm’S PYO Flower Club!

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Follow your interests this week! Self-directed learning opportunities include ecology, math, humanities, food, mindfulness, and much more!
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Home > Hilltown Family Variety Show > HFVS Spring Shine Episode with Guest DJs, Katherine Dines and James Coffey

Following a very intense year due to the pandemic and very long winter, it's finally springtime! The sun is shining, and everyone is ready to spend more time outside and celebrate happier, healthier times! With that in mind, songwriter and family recording artist Katherine Dines and songwriter, producer, and singer James Coffey joined forces. They decided to create a special episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show with "shine" as the theme. They found so many songs with "shine" in the title, lyric, or as the full title, they felt that most people would easily relate to the idea of shining—however, and whenever they possibly can. So get your shine on!

Following a very intense year due to the pandemic and very long winter, it’s finally springtime! The sun is shining, and everyone is ready to spend more time outside and celebrate happier, healthier times! With that in mind, songwriter and family recording artist Katherine Dines and songwriter, producer, and singer James Coffey joined forces. They decided to create a special episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show with “shine” as the theme. They found so many songs with “shine” in the title, lyric, or as the full title, they felt that most people would easily relate to the idea of shining—however, and whenever they possibly can. So get your shine on!

HFVS Spring Shine Episode
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Home < Weekly Suggested Events < April 10-16, 2021

Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking curriculum ideas for remote learning or homeschooling? Are you a self-directed, life-long, and/or experiential learner? Are you curious or wanting to support the interests of your family. Our weekly Suggested Events list includes suggested learning ideas, resources, and events for all ages, each week!

Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

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FEATURED EVENT: Manual Cinema Monster Movie on Sunday, April 11 at 3pm (Virtual)

Leonardo is a terrible monster. He tries so hard to be scary, but he just… isn’t. Then Leonardo finds Sam, the most scaredy-cat kid in the world. Inspired by the children’s books of Mo Willems, multimedia artists Manual Cinema use mind-bending projection, DIY cinema, and immersive sound to tell the story of a monster who longs to be scary and the big decisions about identity and empathy that we all must make. Join the UMass Fine Arts Center on Sunday, April 11 at 3pm (ET) for a virtual performance of Leonardo & Sam: the Terrible Monster and the Most Scaredy-Cat Kid in the Whole World, Respectively. Tickets are $12 per household or device, and on demand access is available for 72 hours. Visit: fineartscenter.com. or call: 800-999-8627.

30th Annual Autism Conference on April 29, 2021. (Virtual)

Autism Connections, the western Massachusetts Autism Center serving families and individuals in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties, hosts its 30th Annual Autism Conference on April 29, 2021. The day-long VIRTUAL educational conference brings together more than 400 parents, caregivers, educators, people with autism, self-advocates, professionals, organizations, and service providers to build awareness and knowledge, be inspired, and make meaningful connections. For more information about Autism Connections or the 30th Annual Autism Conference, visit AutismConnectionsMa.org or email autismconnections@pathlightgroup.org.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM: Hartsbrook School Fiddle Camp

Hartsbrook School Fiddle Camp: it’s not just for fiddles! Bring your cellos, guitars, and ukuleles too. Campers learn tunes from around the world, playing under outdoor canopies on Hartsbrook’s beautiful, spacious campus in Hadley, MA. The experienced instructors bring joy and fun to music lessons, and the school’s donkeys and goats are a receptive audience for practice concerts. For beginner-intermediate through intermediate level musicians in rising 4th through 9th grade. July 5-9, 9am-12:30pm. For more information: www.hartsbrook.org/programs/fiddle-camp.

FEATURED FARM STORE
Bare Roots Farm in West Chesterfield, MA.

Now is the time to order your plants, and Bare Roots Farm in West Chesterfield is open for pre-orders via their online store.

This time every year, many families start to think about tending to their gardens, growing their own food, and being able to access locally grown food easily. Gardening connects families with the seasons and is a multidisciplinary activity embedded with learning every step along the way, from botany to soil science to meteorology. At home, gardening can occur in either a garden plot, porch containers, or window sills, becoming a learning laboratory for all family members. Bare Roots Farm is a locally owned family greenhouse growing useful organic plants. Orders can be picked up at their Farm Stand (329 Ireland Street) beginning the 2nd week of May. Place your order now at Barerootsfarm.com.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Hilltown Sleddogs Day Camps
West Chesterfield, MA

Photograph of sled dogs with text and graphic overlay for Hilltown Sleddogs summer camps.
Outdoors.

Dates: July 6-August 27, 2021; Age Range of Participants: 8-16yo
Contact: 413-320-8287
♦ hilltownsleddogs@gmail.com
♦ www.hilltownsleddogs.com/camps

Learn to take care of & exercise a world-class athlete – the Alaskan Husky Sled Dog. Choose a dog for the week. Learn to feed, pet, play, clean-up after, and train a sled dog. Ride a racing rig, scooter, bike, jog, and swim – some of the warm weather activities dogs & Campers love to do together. All have fun bonding, playing & mushing with the team! “My daughter loved the week-long camp, really bonded with her dog and plans to return next year. Hilltown Sleddogs is one of Pioneer Valleys’ unique treasures!” (JG) “The hands-on connection with dogs is amazing. At the end of the week, my boys don’t want to come home.” (EM) Overnight Camps will resume 2022. Covid Safety Protocol will continue for 2021. July 6-August 27, 2021.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
The Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA)
Goshen, MA.

Photography of teen girls performing a concert with graphic overlay for The Institute for the Musical Arts summer program.
Virtual.

Dates: July 10-August 15, 2021; Age Range of Participants: Girls/Young Women 9-24yo
Contact: 413-268-3074 ♦ info@ima.org ♦ www.ima.org

IMA’s Rock the Summer (Virtually) 2021 are programs for girls and young women focusing on ensemble playing, songwriting, and recording in a deeply creative environment. Explore Rock (July 10-18) and the Performance Program (July 21-August 1) will use the Acapella app as the vehicle for collaboration and performances, students in the Home Studio Recording Program (August 5-15) will learn to use Pro Tools and an interface to raise the bar on home recording projects. Sessions end with a virtual presentation for friends and family. Faculty members are veteran musicians, engineers, and producers.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Miss Leticia Music Summer Camp
Amherst, MA

Outdoors. Indoors.

Dates: July 12-August 13, 2021
Age Range: 6-16yo
Contact: 413-246-7338
missleticia@missleticia.com
www.missleticia.com

Miss Leticia Music Summer Camp and Songwriting Camp: Week 1:Beginner,Rock band-Radio Hits July 12-16, 9-3pm Week 2 Camp Beginner, Rock Band- Radio Hits, British Invasion, Alternative July 26-30, 9-3pm Week 3 Songwriting/Recording Camp – August 9-13, Mon – Thurs 9-4pm, Friday 9-6pm

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Camp Common Ground Family Camp Starksboro, VT

Camp Common Ground Family Camp Logo
Outdoors, Indoors

Dates: July 24- August 13, 2021
Age Range of Participants: 0-99yo
Contact: 802-453-2592 ♦ info@cgcvt.org ♦ www.cgcvt.org

Starksboro, VT ♦ Camp Common Ground (CCG) is an intergenerational family camp designed to provide families with a healthy and happy bonding experience while weaving in elements of nature education, arts, wellness, sports, and fun! CCG is dedicated to celebrating all families and cultivating a sense of community among campers. CCG’s 700-acre site in Starksboro, Vermont, provides campers with hiking trails, streams, ponds, and a low carbon footprint main campus to explore. Sliding scale fees include lodging in a tent, cabin, or lodge; all meals (local, organic, and vegetarian) and all activities. There is something for everyone’s taste – whether you want to ‘rough it’ or are more into ‘glamping’ – CCG has you covered!

FEATURED SCHOOL
Bement School
Deerfield, MA

The Putney School Summer Arts
Now enrolling for Fall 2021

Bement is open with students attending school in person, and they are accepting applications for fall 2021 as space remains available. The Bement School, founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield, is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 200 students in kindergarten through grade 9. Bement’s rich curriculum motivates and challenges students with strong academics, a renowned fine arts program, and a diverse athletic program. Students participate in athletics and fine arts every day. The pervasive atmosphere at Bement is that of a family, learning, and living together. Bement actively seeks an academically diverse, international, and multi-cultural student body. For information, join their virtual open house or call 413-774-4209 www.bement.org.

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Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of readers in Western MA who are committed to their community and willing to support one another in times of need. In-person and virtual event organizers, local and online businesses, virtual and local service providers, non-profit organizations, and individuals are encouraged to reach out to find out about our affordable advertising options and marketing packages. To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact Sienna at swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org.

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Home > Hilltown Family Variety Show > HFVS Nature & Science Music Episode with Guest DJ, Birdie Mendozai

Birdie Mendoza of Birdie’s Playhouse guest DJs the Hilltown Family Variety Show with a Nature & Science Music Episode.

Birdie Mendoza of Birdie’s Playhouse guest DJs the Hilltown Family Variety Show with a Nature & Science Music Episode. Birdie plays some of her favorite nature and science songs ranging from reggae master Bob Marley to kindie stars such as Lucky Diaz and They Might be Giants, to female kids music masters such as Lori Henriques, DidiPop and Moona Luna. Learn about zeroes, H2O, squirrels, butterflies, dolphins, sea turtles, and more.

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Home < Weekly Suggested Events < April 3-9, 2021

Community-Based Educational Events & Self-Directed Learning Ideas for Easter & Early April in Western Massachusetts.

Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking curriculum ideas for remote learning or homeschooling? Are you a self-directed, life-long, and/or experiential learner? Are you curious or wanting to support the inteshrests of your family. Our weekly Suggested Events list includes suggested learning ideas, resources, and events for all ages, each week!

Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

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Graphic for 2021 Summer Camp Directory
Our Summer Directory for Western Massachusetts is now LIVE!
FEATURED EVENT: Manual Cinema Monster Movie on Sunday, April 11 at 3pm (Virtual)

Leonardo is a terrible monster. He tries so hard to be scary, but he just… isn’t. Then Leonardo finds Sam, the most scaredy-cat kid in the world. Inspired by the children’s books of Mo Willems, multimedia artists Manual Cinema use mind-bending projection, DIY cinema, and immersive sound to tell the story of a monster who longs to be scary and the big decisions about identity and empathy that we all must make. Join the UMass Fine Arts Center on Sunday, April 11 at 3pm (ET) for a virtual performance of Leonardo & Sam: the Terrible Monster and the Most Scaredy-Cat Kid in the Whole World, Respectively. Tickets are $12 per household or device, and on demand access is available for 72 hours. Visit: fineartscenter.com. or call: 800-999-8627.

30th Annual Autism Conference on April 29, 2021. (Virtual)

Autism Connections, the western Massachusetts Autism Center serving families and individuals in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties, hosts its 30th Annual Autism Conference on April 29, 2021. The day-long VIRTUAL educational conference brings together more than 400 parents, caregivers, educators, people with autism, self-advocates, professionals, organizations, and service providers to build awareness and knowledge, be inspired, and make meaningful connections. For more information about Autism Connections or the 30th Annual Autism Conference, visit AutismConnectionsMa.org or email autismconnections@pathlightgroup.org.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
The Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA)
Goshen, MA.

Photography of teen girls performing a concert with graphic overlay for The Institute for the Musical Arts summer program.
Virtual.

Dates: July 10-August 15, 2021; Age Range of Participants: Girls/Young Women 9-24yo
Contact: 413-268-3074 ♦ info@ima.org ♦ www.ima.org

IMA’s Rock the Summer (Virtually) 2021 are programs for girls and young women focusing on ensemble playing, songwriting, and recording in a deeply creative environment. Explore Rock (July 10-18) and the Performance Program (July 21-August 1) will use the Acapella app as the vehicle for collaboration and performances, students in the Home Studio Recording Program (August 5-15) will learn to use Pro Tools and an interface to raise the bar on home recording projects. Sessions end with a virtual presentation for friends and family. Faculty members are veteran musicians, engineers, and producers.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Camp Common Ground Family Camp Starksboro, VT

Camp Common Ground Family Camp Logo
Outdoors, Indoors

Dates: July 24- August 13, 2021
Age Range of Participants: 0-99yo
Contact: 802-453-2592 ♦ info@cgcvt.org ♦ www.cgcvt.org

Starksboro, VT ♦ Camp Common Ground (CCG) is an intergenerational family camp designed to provide families with a healthy and happy bonding experience while weaving in elements of nature education, arts, wellness, sports, and fun! CCG is dedicated to celebrating all families and cultivating a sense of community among campers. CCG’s 700-acre site in Starksboro, Vermont, provides campers with hiking trails, streams, ponds, and a low carbon footprint main campus to explore. Sliding scale fees include lodging in a tent, cabin, or lodge; all meals (local, organic, and vegetarian) and all activities. There is something for everyone’s taste – whether you want to ‘rough it’ or are more into ‘glamping’ – CCG has you covered!

FEATURED SCHOOL
Learn at Morse Hill
Outdoor Education Center
Shutesbury, MA

The Putney School Summer Arts
Now enrolling for Fall 2021

Learn at Morse Hill Outdoor Education Center is now enrolling for Fall 2021! This fully outdoor elementary program serves students in grades K-6. Experienced and caring educators offer hands-on, experiential learning with a project-based focus within a small school community. Students follow the rhythms of the land and seasons and learn within a framework that emphasizes social-emotional growth, stewardship, and collaboration. More information about programs, curriculum, and staff can be found at www.schoolatmorsehill.org. Prospective families are invited to attend a Zoom Information Session or schedule a tour of the school’s 85-acre campus. For more information, reach out to the leadership team at admin@schoolatmorsehill.org

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Cloverdale Preschool
Florence, MA

Preschool ♦ Ages 2.9-5yrs
For more information: cloverdale2@verizon.net; 413-586-1106; www.cloverdalepreschool.com.

Cloverdale Preschool is a parent cooperative program focusing on social-emotional development and problem-solving skills. Teachers are dedicated to providing a nurturing environment with sensory-based experiences that promote confidence through exploration. Cloverdale is a small, close-knit community with a low teacher-child ratio, offering high-quality early education to children ages 2.9-5. Half/full day schedules available for 2, 3, 4, or 5 days during the academic year. Extended day hours offer unique STEAM activities. A large playground has a variety of gross motor equipment and plenty of space to run. DEEC licensed.

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Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of readers in Western MA who are committed to their community and willing to support one another in times of need. In-person and virtual event organizers, local and online businesses, virtual and local service providers, non-profit organizations, and individuals are encouraged to reach out to find out about our affordable advertising options and marketing packages. To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact Sienna at swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org.

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Autism Connections, the western Massachusetts Autism Center serving families and individuals in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties, hosts its 30th Annual Autism Conference on April 29, 2021. The day-long VIRTUAL educational conference brings together more than 400 parents, caregivers, educators, people with autism, self-advocates, professionals, organizations, and service providers to build awareness and knowledge, be inspired, and make meaningful connections.

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What do you want to learn today? Learning ideas + Western MA Events & Resources for March 2021. 15 self-directed learning ideas for early spring.
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Home > Hilltown Family Variety Show > HFVS Spring Episode with Guest DJ, Kelli Welli

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It’s Springtime with Guest DJs Kelli Welli and James Coffey. But wait, it also just so happens Kelli Welli was born in the springtime… it’s her birthday! Let’s celebrate springtime and all the wonderful things that come in this season, like the warmth of the sun, spring rains, rainbows, colorful blooms, newborn animals and emerging pollinators, new sprouts, and garden life. Also, new people who just might have been born in the springtime!

HFVS Spring Episode
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Home < Weekly Suggested Events < March 27-April 2, 2021

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Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking curriculum ideas for remote learning or homeschooling? Are you a self-directed, life-long, and/or experiential learner? Are you curious or wanting to support the interests of your family. Our weekly Suggested Events list includes suggested learning ideas, resources, and events for all ages, each week!

Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

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Our Summer Directory for Western Massachusetts is now LIVE!
Graphic for River Valley Counseling Center.

River Valley Counseling Center (RVCC) is a multi-faceted community-based mental health agency that has been changing lives and empowering people throughout the Pioneer Valley since 1953. Offices are located in Easthampton, Chicopee, Holyoke, Springfield, and opening an office soon in Westfield on April 1st. RVCC partners with school districts throughout Hampden and Hampshire Counties to provide therapy to students during the school day. RVCC is hiring clinicians! They offer a flexible schedule, bonuses for licensed and bilingual applicants, $1000 CEU benefit, $5,000 annual tuition reimbursement, generous health benefits, and more! Visit www.rvccinc.org to view current career opportunities and sign up for one of RVCC’s Virtual Hiring Events.

FEATURED SUMMER CLASSES
Sattva Center for Archery Training
Florence, MA

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Outdoors.

Dates: April-October, 2021
Age Range: 7-Adults
Contact: 774-261-3399 ♦ serahrose@sattvaarchery.com 
♦ www.sattvaarchery.com

Archery classes all summer! Sattva Center for Archery Training offers outside socially distanced target archery classes all week, all summer at Look Memorial Park. Sattva’s experienced coaches provide a welcoming and professional atmosphere for participants of all levels. All classes are multi-generational and multi-level: an excellent experience for family groups and friend pods! Classes meet once a week for five weeks. Private lessons and custom groups are also available. Equipment included. Para-athletes are welcome. For youths ages 7+ through adults. Inner Strength Through Archery.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Stoneleigh-Burnham School
Greenfield, MA

Summer Programs at Stoneleigh-Burnham School
Outdoors. Indoors.

Dates: June 20-August 13, 2021
Age Range: 8-18yo
Contact: 413-774-2711 x255
summerprograms@sbschool.org
sbschool.org/summer

Stoneleigh-Burnham School (SBS) is offering five summer opportunities! SBS offers Speak Up I and II, debate and public speaking camps for girls ages 10-18. These programs are a low-key, fun way to learn to empower their voice through conversation, debate, and public speaking. The Performing Arts Camp will offer dance, voice, and theater to coed campers ages 10-18; campers will work towards a culminating event showing all they have learned. The premier Bonnie Castle Riding Camp, a program for girls ages 8-16, is for riders of all skill levels. Girls and boys between the ages of 7-12 can also learn how to ride in the Horsemanship Day Camp.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Amherst Montessori School
Summer Discovery
Amherst, MA

Photo of adult and child learning together in a garden with text overlay: Amherst Montessori School.
Outdoors. Indoors.

Dates: June 28-August 6, 2021; Age Range of Participants: 15mo-6yo
Contact: 413-253-3101
♦ jhesse@amherstmontessori.org 
♦ amherstmontessori.org

Amherst Montessori School will offer two 3-week play-based Summer Discovery sessions for ages 15 months through 6 years old. Children will spend much of their time outside, engaging in games, movement activities, arts and crafts, and exploring the natural world of the school’s south Amherst campus. Each 3-week session will have a limited number of children in separated cohorts for toddlers and preschool/kindergarten age. Children who nap will do so inside their cohort’s designated classroom space, with ERV ventilation and air-purifiers. Summer Discovery runs from 8:30am-4pm daily and is $350/week.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Summer at The Academy at Charlemont
Charlemont, MA

Outdoors. Virtual.

Academy Summer Programs tap into The Academy’s artistic, outdoor, and academic communities by enabling students to explore areas of interest in a safe, in-person, outdoor environment. Offerings are week-long, half or full days for rising 4th – 10th graders.

Dates: July 12-August 6, 2021; Age Range of Participants: 9-16y
Contact: 413-339-4912
♦ summer@charlemont.org
♦ www.charlemont.org

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Cloverdale Preschool
Florence, MA

Preschool ♦ Ages 2.9-5yrs
For more information: cloverdale2@verizon.net; 413-586-1106; www.cloverdalepreschool.com.

Cloverdale Preschool is a parent cooperative program focusing on social-emotional development and problem-solving skills. Teachers are dedicated to providing a nurturing environment with sensory-based experiences that promote confidence through exploration. Cloverdale is a small, close-knit community with a low teacher-child ratio, offering high-quality early education to children ages 2.9-5. Half/full day schedules available for 2, 3, 4, or 5 days during the academic year. Extended day hours offer unique STEAM activities. A large playground has a variety of gross motor equipment and plenty of space to run. DEEC licensed.

FEATURED SCHOOL
Amherst Montessori
Amherst, MA

The Putney School Summer Arts
Apply now for the 2021-22 school year.

Families are invited to discover the warm, welcoming community of Amherst Montessori School, with dedicated teachers, administrators, and fellow parents who strive to create a sense of belonging for each child and family. Prospective families are encouraged to set-up a virtual or socially-distanced outside tour with the Director of Admissions & Learning Support, Julie Tanguay. Explore the hands-on, child-centered Montessori curriculum, and learn about the engaging community of Amherst Montessori School. Apply now for the 2021-22 school year. Schedule options from a partial day to a full day with extended hours. More information at amherstmontessori.org.

FEATURED SCHOOL
Learn at Morse Hill
Outdoor Education Center
Shutesbury, MA

The Putney School Summer Arts
Now enrolling for Fall 2021

Learn at Morse Hill Outdoor Education Center is now enrolling for Fall 2021! This fully outdoor elementary program serves students in grades K-6. Experienced and caring educators offer hands-on, experiential learning with a project-based focus within a small school community. Students follow the rhythms of the land and seasons and learn within a framework that emphasizes social-emotional growth, stewardship, and collaboration. More information about programs, curriculum, and staff can be found at www.schoolatmorsehill.org. Prospective families are invited to attend a Zoom Information Session or schedule a tour of the school’s 85-acre campus. For more information, reach out to the leadership team at admin@schoolatmorsehill.org

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Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of readers in Western MA who are committed to their community and willing to support one another in times of need. In-person and virtual event organizers, local and online businesses, virtual and local service providers, non-profit organizations, and individuals are encouraged to reach out to find out about our affordable advertising options and marketing packages. To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact Sienna at swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org.

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Hilltown Families > Nature-Based Education > Habitat > Rivers

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What Is a River? approaches the inquiry at its heart from all sides and angles, creating a richly imagined story woven of many answers, rather than a single explanation. A river is a thread, a home, a mystery, a name. This beautifully illustrated nonfiction picture book gives space to answers both conceptual and factual.

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Home > Hilltown Family Variety Show > HFVS STE(A)M Episode with Guest DJs, Wendy & DB

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Steam Dream Team, Wendy and DB are back with their energy and sharing some music by some amazing children’s performers on the next episode. Get a little math and science lesson, learn about technology, and be a little artsy in this episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show!

HFVS STE(A)M Episode
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Home < Weekly Suggested Events < March 20-26, 2021

Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking curriculum ideas for remote learning or homeschooling? Are you a self-directed, life-long, and/or experiential learner? Are you curious or wanting to support the interests of your family. Our weekly Suggested Events list includes suggested learning ideas, resources, and events for all ages, each week!

Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

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Our Summer Directory for Western Massachusetts is now LIVE!
FEATURED EVENT: “The Right to Vote: Reexamining Women’s Suffrage” (Free/Virtual)

2020 marked the centennial of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote (for the most part.) Join Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Berkshire Community College for a free online course entitled “The Right to Vote: Reexamining Women’s Suffrage,” beginning Tuesday, March 23 & featuring different accomplished speakers each week. Participants will explore the history of women’s suffrage in the United States and the ongoing efforts to address women’s issues, including voting, elected representation, and gender-related public policy efforts. Sign up here and attend live via Zoom Tuesdays at 1:30pm or watch on-demand each week. Supported in part by Mass Humanities and offered by OLLI. Questions? Email olli@berkshirecc.edu.

River Valley Counseling Center (RVCC) is a multi-faceted community-based mental health agency that has been changing lives and empowering people throughout the Pioneer Valley since 1953. Offices are located in Easthampton, Chicopee, Holyoke, Springfield, and opening an office soon in Westfield on April 1st. RVCC partners with school districts throughout Hampden and Hampshire Counties to provide therapy to students during the school day. RVCC is hiring clinicians! They offer a flexible schedule, bonuses for licensed and bilingual applicants, $1000 CEU benefit, $5,000 annual tuition reimbursement, generous health benefits, and more! Visit www.rvccinc.org to view current career opportunities and sign up for one of RVCC’s Virtual Hiring Events.

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FEATURED EVENT: NERD Summit 2021

NERD (New England Regional Developers) Summit is an inclusive, community-building annual tech event held in New England. Each year, local professionals present sessions on various topics, with audiences ranging from beginners to individuals with years of experience. NERD’s mission is to collaborate with the regional community to ensure that the annual Summit and events throughout the year offer everyone, regardless of background or finances, a diverse curriculum for relevant skill-building and valuable networking opportunities. NERD’s mission supports their vision of creating positive and supportive learning opportunities for people who work or want to work in web and related technology. For more info, visit nerdsummit.org.

FEATURED SUMMER CLASSES
Sattva Center for Archery Training
Florence, MA

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Outdoors.

Dates: April-October, 2021
Age Range: 7-Adults
Contact: 774-261-3399 ♦ serahrose@sattvaarchery.com 
♦ www.sattvaarchery.com

Archery classes all summer! Sattva Center for Archery Training offers outside socially distanced target archery classes all week, all summer at Look Memorial Park. Sattva’s experienced coaches provide a welcoming and professional atmosphere for participants of all levels. All classes are multi-generational and multi-level: an excellent experience for family groups and friend pods! Classes meet once a week for five weeks. Private lessons and custom groups are also available. Equipment included. Para-athletes are welcome. For youths ages 7+ through adults. Inner Strength Through Archery.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Stoneleigh-Burnham School
Greenfield, MA

Summer Programs at Stoneleigh-Burnham School
Outdoors. Indoors.

Dates: June 20-August 13, 2021
Age Range: 8-18yo
Contact: 413-774-2711 x255
summerprograms@sbschool.org
sbschool.org/summer

Stoneleigh-Burnham School (SBS) is offering five summer opportunities! SBS offers Speak Up I and II, debate and public speaking camps for girls ages 10-18. These programs are a low-key, fun way to learn to empower their voice through conversation, debate, and public speaking. The Performing Arts Camp will offer dance, voice, and theater to coed campers ages 10-18; campers will work towards a culminating event showing all they have learned. The premier Bonnie Castle Riding Camp, a program for girls ages 8-16, is for riders of all skill levels. Girls and boys between the ages of 7-12 can also learn how to ride in the Horsemanship Day Camp.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
The Putney School Summer Arts
Putney, VT

The Putney School Summer Arts
Outdoors, Indoors

Dates: Jun 27-Jul 24, 2021; Age Range of Participants: 14-17yo
Contact: 802-387-6297 ♦ summer@putneyschool.org ♦ summer.putneyschool.org

Putney Summer Arts is a summer camp like no other. Over the course of four weeks, participants will have dedicated and focused time every day to grow as an artist in a supportive community where they can truly be themselves. Whether they’re trying something for the first time or honing their craft, Putney Summer Arts faculty will be there to guide them on their individual path. All of this happens on their beautiful 500-acre campus in Southern Vermont. Putney Summer Arts is currently monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. All on-campus programming will be designed to follow recommended safety precautions as outlined by the Center for Disease Control and the state of Vermont.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Amherst Montessori School
Summer Discovery
Amherst, MA

Photo of adult and child learning together in a garden with text overlay: Amherst Montessori School.
Outdoors. Indoors.

Dates: June 28-August 6, 2021; Age Range of Participants: 15mo-6yo
Contact: 413-253-3101
♦ jhesse@amherstmontessori.org 
♦ amherstmontessori.org

Amherst Montessori School will offer two 3-week play-based Summer Discovery sessions for ages 15 months through 6 years old. Children will spend much of their time outside, engaging in games, movement activities, arts and crafts, and exploring the natural world of the school’s south Amherst campus. Each 3-week session will have a limited number of children in separated cohorts for toddlers and preschool/kindergarten age. Children who nap will do so inside their cohort’s designated classroom space, with ERV ventilation and air-purifiers. Summer Discovery runs from 8:30am-4pm daily and is $350/week.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
The Experimentory at Deerfield Academy
Deerfield MA

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Virtual.

Dates: July 5-23, 2021
Age Range: 11-14yo 
Contact: 413-774-1498
♦ experimentory@deerfield.edu 
♦ deerfield.edu

The Experimentory at Deerfield Academy is a program for students entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade interested in academic adventure. This summer, The Experimentory will be offered as an exciting virtual program called Periscope. Periscope will allow students to delve into project-based creative learning, focusing on collaboration, communication, fostering creativity, building character, and developing a global outlook. Students will participate in courses like Architecture, the Science of Sports, Video Production, and Environmental Stewardship, all designed and led by Deerfield Academy teachers. Also, students will form deep connections with like-minded peers around the world, learn more about themselves, and have tons of fun! Applications submitted after March 29th will be reviewed on a rolling basis as capacity allows.

FEATURED SCHOOL
Amherst Montessori
Amherst, MA

The Putney School Summer Arts
Apply now for the 2021-22 school year.

Families are invited to discover the warm, welcoming community of Amherst Montessori School, with dedicated teachers, administrators, and fellow parents who strive to create a sense of belonging for each child and family. Prospective families are encouraged to set-up a virtual or socially-distanced outside tour with the Director of Admissions & Learning Support, Julie Tanguay. Explore the hands-on, child-centered Montessori curriculum, and learn about the engaging community of Amherst Montessori School. Apply now for the 2021-22 school year. Schedule options from a partial day to a full day with extended hours. More information at amherstmontessori.org.

The Academy at Charlemont is an independent day school for grades 6-12, with rolling admission for select grades now open. Join faculty, students, and admission staff on March 23rd and 28th for robust, one-hour, virtual Information Sessions. The Academy is excited to welcome prospective families to hear about their one-of-a-kind educational experience, complete with rigorous courses, diverse electives, personalized college counseling, a spacious campus located along the Deerfield River, and a safe and inclusive community. Generous financial aid and daily round-trip bus service from Greenfield, Amherst, Northampton, and the Hilltowns are available. Learn more and register here

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Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of readers in Western MA who are committed to their community and willing to support one another in times of need. In-person and virtual event organizers, local and online businesses, virtual and local service providers, non-profit organizations, and individuals are encouraged to reach out to find out about our affordable advertising options and marketing packages. To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact Sienna at swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org.

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Hilltown Families > Nature-Based Education > Habitat > Vernal Pools

Salamander Dance book cover

Discover the magic of vernal pools – wetlands that fill with water in the spring and dry up in the summer – by following the spotted salamanders’ annual life cycle. From shimmering eggs and wriggling larvae to metamorphosis and hibernation, these ephemeral wetlands are alive year-round, but nothing compares to their spectacular springtime Salamander Dance!

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Hilltown Families > Nature-Based Education > Habitat > Vernal Pools > Citizen Science

Families can explore and map local vernal pools all on their own! The process of inspecting, mapping, and tracking present species is quite a project to undertake as a family, but is one that can provide endless opportunities for learning and exploration of the natural world.

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Hilltown Families > Nature-Based Education > Habitat > Vernal Pools

‘Tis the season for amphibians on the move, especially on warm, rainy nights. Salamanders, spring peepers, wood frogs, and toads will be hopping and crawling across our roadways on warm wet nights, heading to vernal pools and other wetlands to mate and lay their eggs. Reports of amphibians chorusing and on the move come into the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife during March’s heavy rains. 

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