Hilltown Families

Eco-Family Annual Winter Fair As an alternative to traditional holiday buying, the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School will host their annual family book and “green” craft fair on Saturday December 6,...

Dina Raymond of Goshen, MA writes: I’ve been speaking to my kids about how fortunate we are and how much we have … so I set up a “donation” box for...

Jeff Brown of RideBuzz.org in Amherst, MA writes: I wanted to remind you that this Thanksgiving Holiday (and December’s holidays too) is a great time to share a ride on your...

Support the “No Child Left Inside Act” Are America’s children environmentally literate? Today’s overscheduled kids are increasingly “plugged in” to electronic devices and media, while at the same time unplugged from...

Andrew Webster of Williamsburg writes: Burgy’s First Annual Energy Fair – Stay Warm and Save Energy This Winter! The Town of Williamsburg will hold an Energy Fair at the Anne P....

A Short History of America’s Garden This animated video is part of the “Eat the View” campaign to turn part of the White House’s 18 acre lawn back into an edible...

Sign the Petition asking the Surgeon General to promote outdoor time for everyone! Americans are spending less time outside than ever before, and it’s contributing to a decreased understanding of and...

Hilltown CDC to host an Open House at 6R Laurel Rd. in Haydenville on Sept. 19, 2008 On Friday, September 19 from 12:00 – 2:30 pm, Hilltown Community Development Corporation (CDC)...

The National Wildlife Federation website offers “Wildlife Watch” for families interested in observing and sharing their seasonal nature experiences. Click here to access the “Wildlife Watch” page. Once on this page,...

Virginia Ansbergs of Plainfield, MA writes: I just took action to help protect Massachusetts farmland and support farmers to supply fresh, local food and protect our environment. I hope you take...

Families, educators and youth groups can empower kids to do something about global warming and other problems associated with burning fossil fuels by taking the first step in learning about it...

More than 100 campers turned out for the beachfront campout, which included a nature walk, bird-watching, Dutch oven cooking lessons, and a campfire gathering with songs and skits.

TREES: A READING LIST By HF Contributing Writer, Tony(a) Lemos Sienna’s Arbor Day Episode on HFVS inspired me to compile a list of some of our favorite tree books I thought...

THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES By Jean Giono We recently rented this video from Netflix and watched it with our daughter. Here is a 10-minute preview of the movie. Be sure...

Navigating your way around a farmers' market can be enjoyable and rewarding, or incredibly overwhelming. In order to make your next trip to the farmers' market a little better, we've put...

Nature Watching by Robert Krampf I have been an avid bird watcher for many years. When I first got started, I spent most of my time bird spotting, trying to add...

Path of the Otter Program in Ashfield Path of the Otter will be offering a summer program in the hilltowns for children ages 5-7. This program is a playful introduction to...

‘Focus on Sustainability’ to Highlight the 2008 Hilltown Spring Festival In addition to featuring new family activities (click here to read), a ‘Focus on Sustainability’ will also highlight the Hilltown CDC’s...

When Jared Fisher need fuel for his vans, he doesn't head for the gas station. In stead, he goes to restaurants to collect used vegetable oil. He pours that...

And after the orioles have gone to bed… you can start listening for Whip-poor-wills, once-common night birds that are in serious decline. As part of our Birds to Watch program, we...

Books, Movies & TV Shows with a Green Message Common Sense Media has compiled a list of “green” books, movies and TV shows, just in time for Earth Day: Best Green...

Earth Day on BrainPop Earth Day falls on April 22 this year, but BrainPop is celebrating our home planet all month with a free mini-site showcasing movies about the environment and...

Seed Saving The world’s largest seed bank opened on February 26th 2008 in an attempt to gather and preserve the world’s agricultural biodiversity in one facility-a sort of “insurance policy” for...

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Recycling Program to Raise Funds For-profit company EcoPhones is one of several companies that offer community groups and non-profits the opportunity to raise funds for their organization or group by collecting...

CMYO: Come Make Your Own at the River Valley Market Bag “Sew-cial” Show the kids a way as a family we can be sensitive and proactive in the conservation of our...

The Future of Ridesharing in the Pioneer Valley Hey PV families, come to the RideBuzz Organizational Meeting and Community Forum Thursday, April 3, 7:00 pm at the Jones Library, 43 Amity...

Where Do the Children Play This video takes images from The Lorax and puts it to Cat Steven’s song, “Where Do the Children Play.” An appropriate video for parents to review...

Children & Nature Movement Finds Allies in Advocates for Free Play By C&NN Free play, creative play, unstructured play … no matter the name, the belief that children need time away...

Carbon Foodprint By CISA Getting Your Feet Muddy? Understanding the Carbon Foodprint of Local Food You may have noticed, as we have, a flurry of news about the “carbon footprint” of...