April Hill Events Archive

tree pruning workshop: sat. march 9th, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

With melissa levangie ingersoll, bear levangie, and tom ingersoll

Join certified arborists Tom Ingersoll, Melissa LeVangie Ingersoll, and Bear LeVangie for a hands-on workshop on tree pruning and general tree care tips on Saturday, March 9th, from 9 AM to 3 PM at April Hill Education and Conservation Center, 62 Undermountain Rd., So. Egremont, MA.

The workshop is on a sliding scale $40-$80. Hot lunch provided! You must be at least 18 years old to participate. No cost for youth participants 18-24. We recommend dressing warmly in boots, a hat, and gloves.

Berkshire BioBlitz

Saturday, September 23 – Sunday, September 24

The BioBlitz is an action-packed 24 hour biological survey: equal parts educational event, scientific endeavor, and community service. Scientists and community members come together to see how many species they can identify and count. This year’s survey will take place at April Hill and the Bow Wow Woods from 12:00 noon September 23 to 12:00 noon September 24.

The Berkshire BioBlitz is organized by the Berkshire Environmental Action Team and the Nature Academy of the Berkshires This year’s event will include scheduled walks and activities for the public as well as presentations from specialists.

More information is available at https://www.berkshirebioblitz.org/

Interested in volunteering? Contact: [email protected]

Saturday+Sunday October 14+15: Game of Logging Chainsaw Use Certification

Join us at April Hill to kickstart or strengthen your chainsaw skills. Greenagers and Game of Logging will provide PPE and chainsaws.

Level 1 and Level 2 workshops available during both sessions:

Level 1 focuses on introducing the participant to open face felling and the development of techniques to safely use it. Topics covered include personal protective equipment, chainsaw safety features, chainsaw reactive forces, bore cutting, pre-planning the fell, and understanding hinge wood strength.

Level 2 focuses on maximizing chainsaw performance through basic maintenance, carburetor setting, and filing techniques. Limbing and bucking techniques are introduced, spring pole cutting is covered and more felling is practiced.

Cost: $300/person

flowers for the home garden- Saturday, august 20th

10 am – noon

    • We will discuss good flower varieties for pollinators and those best suited for a cutting garden
    • Participants will be able to cut their own flowers at April Hill and spend some time arranging them together!

Tending to tomatoes

10 am – noon

  • Cherries, slicers, beefcakes or heirlooms?
  • Determinate or indeterminate?

Learn some basic tips for tending to tomatoes for bountiful fruits and optimal plant health!

GARDEN Basics- Saturday, may 21st

10 am – noon

  • What vegetables to transplant and when
  • What vegetables to direct seed
  • Types of plants best suited to containers
  • Easy home options for companion planting, creating pollinator habitat and keeping common pests at bay

summertime solstice strawberries- Saturday, June 18th

10 am – noon

  • Tour the gardens
  • Spend the morning weeding our strawberry beds
  • Learn everything about strawberries and other small fruit options for the home garden scale
  • Take home the ‘fruits’ of your labor!

Botanical Drawing Workshop with Elizabeth Orenstein

Thursday, February 13th

5:30 pm- 7 pm

Suggested Donation- $15-$20

Join local artist and naturalist Elizabeth Orenstein for an evening of getting to know and paint our winter woodland plants. Topics will include common plants you can easily identify all year round, strategies for selecting a subject, composition, and watercolor technique. Participants will create a beautiful watercolor painting of the plant of their choice.

Snacks Provided

Open space workshop

topic: personal growth

Saturday, January 18th       10 am-3 pm

Donations accepted- all proceeds go to Greenagers

Imagine a workshop that really inspires growth. Imagine spending part of a day with other awesome humans who are also interested in listening and sharing experiences and knowledge. This interactive workshop will provide insight, excitement and comic relief. You will walk away having laughed and learned about yourself. Open Space workshops are simple. While attending follow these simple principles:• Whoever comes are the right people• Whatever happens is the only thing that could have• Whenever it starts is the right time• When it’s over it’s over.• The Law of Two Feet, which states simply, if at any time you find yourself in any situation where you are neither learning nor contributing – use your two feet and move to someplace more to your liking. Inspired by Harrison Owens’ model of “Open Space” Questions- Contact Jeremy LeBlanc at 413-822-6895


Fermentation workshop with mark phillips

thursday, december 12th- 5:30-7 pm

Led by expert Mark Phillips, this workshop will provide an in-depth overview and demonstration of the process for safe, simple, and effective fermentation of vegetables, a timeless strategy for preserving and enhancing the taste of seasonal produce. This is one of many upcoming workshops that will be offered to the public at April Hill! Suggested donation- $15-$20 per person (limit $40 per family)Snacks will be providedPLEASE BRING YOUR OWN: CUTTING BOARD, KNIVES AND PLATE Everything else is providedWe are trying to keep this a low-waste event so bring your own plate for snacking!

For more information or to secure a spot- please contact Aretha- [email protected]


Jammin’ With georgia: Holiday preserves workshop

Thursday, december 5th- 5-7 pm

Georgia Barberi owns First Flower Farm in Great Barrington where she grows and sells produce, flowers, crafts and homemade jams at multiple local markets. Georgia will be showing participants how to make a delicious orange marmalade, along with some other recipes. The art of jams, or preserves, dates back to the Greeks and allows people to take seasonal fruit and make it last through the winter months. This is one of many upcoming workshops that will be offered to the public at April Hill! Suggested donation- $15-$20 per person (limit $40 per family)Snacks will be provided.

For more information or to secure a spot- please contact Aretha- [email protected]

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