Resources

350.org
Founded by environmental activist and author Bill McKibben, 350.org is building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. Their online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by thousands of volunteer organizers in over 188 countries.

Amherst Conservation Department
The Conservation Department is responsible for the administration of environmental laws and policies, open space protection and management, water management, preservation of natural features of the environment, and coordination for joint action with many town bodies.

Biomimicry Institute
The Biomimicry Institute promotes learning from and then emulating natural forms, processes, and ecosystems to create more sustainable and healthier human technologies and designs.

Center for EcoTechnology
The Center for EcoTechnology helps peoplein the western Massachusetts region carry out their daily activities with less environmental impact through practical solutions that save energy, materials and money.

Connect the Connecticut
Connect the Connecticut is a partnership effort to create a landscape conservation design for the Connecticut River watershed that provides a roadmap for identifying the best starting places for conservation — areas that partners agree should be priorities in order to ensure that important species, habitats, and natural processes will be sustained into the future, even in the face of climate and land-use change.

EarthAction
EarthAction is building a global action alert network which can mobilize people simultaneously around the planet to speak out for a better world.

Earthwork Programs
Earthwork offers people experiences in nature that will introduce them to a new awareness of themselves and the natural world around them. Their programs immerse people in nature through Adventure Experiences, Wilderness Living Skills, Nature Awareness, Tracking, Communication and Community Building Skills, and by bringing forth Native teachings from Elders around the world. Earthwork runs their Heron Homeschool program on Fridays from September to June.

Green Teacher
Green Teacher is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping educators, both inside and outside of schools, promote environmental awareness among young people aged 6-19.

GoBotany
An online key to help identify over 1,200 local species of plants. The SimpleKey was developed by New England Wildflower Society.

Hampshire Bird Club, Inc.
Amherst, Massachusetts. The Hampshire Bird Club, Inc. (HBC) was organized in 1984. It is an incorporated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The purpose of HBC is to help members and the general public enjoy birding and to educate them about birds, bird watching, and bird habitats. HBC is a good source of information for bird watching newcomers as well as for the more experienced birder.

Hike it Baby
Hike it Baby is a new parents group in over 90 cities around the country dedicated to getting families together and out into nature with newborns and little ones. We have a wide variety of hikes and urban strolls and the best part is all of our hikes are FREE! The hikes are led by volunteers and we welcome everyone from mom, dad, partner, granny to nanny.

Hilltown Families
Hilltown Families is an online grassroots communication network for families living throughout the four counties of western Massachusetts.

Holyoke Children’s Museum
The Children’s Museum at Holyoke provides a unique setting in which children and adults learn together about art, science and the world around them. Through hands-on exhibits, children challenge themselves, discover how the world works, explore new roles for themselves, and learn by doing.

International Living Future Institute
The International Living Future Institute mission is to lead and support the transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. We are committed to catalyzing the trans­formation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. Com­posed of leading green building experts and thought-leaders, the Institute is premised on the belief that providing a compelling vision for the future is a fundamental requirement for reconciling humanity’s relationship with the natural world. The Institute runs the Living Building Challenge, Living Community Challenge, Living Product Challenge, Net Zero Energy Certification, the Cascadia Green Building Coun­cil, Ecotone Publishing, Declare, JUST and other leading-edge programs.

Kestrel Land Trust
Kestrel Land Trust is dedicated to conserving the land that sustains the quality of life and ecological integrity of the Connecticut River Valley.

Massachusetts Audubon Society
Massachusetts Audubon Society, the largest conservation organization in New England, works to preserve the natural world through conservation, education, and environmental advocacy.

Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC)
MCC is a state agency that promotes excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities. The Council pursues this mission through a combination of grant programs, partnerships, and services for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists.

The Massachusetts Environmental Education Society (MEES)
MEES is dedicated to the promotion, preservation, and improvement of environmental education in the state and region.

Naturally Curious with Mary Holland
An excellent blog filled with detailed information and photographs on topics and species in our region by Vermont naturalist, photographer, columnist and author Mary Holland.

New England Wildflower Society
The mission of New England Wild Flower Society is to conserve and promote the region’s native plants to ensure healthy, biologically diverse landscapes.

North American Association for Environmental Education
The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) is a network of professionals, students, and volunteers working in the field of environmental education throughout North America and in over 55 countries around the world.

Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)
NESEA advances the adoption of sustainable energy practices in the built environment.

Northern Woodlands
The mission of the Center for Northern Woodlands is to advance a culture of forest stewardship in the Northeast and to increase understanding of and appreciation for the natural wonders, economic productivity and ecological integrity of the region’s forests.

The Orion Society
The Orion Society is an award-winning publisher, an environmental education organization, and a communications and support network for grassroots environmental and community organizations across North America. It is a nonprofit membership organization with 8000 members, individual and organizational, representing all fifty states and thirty-one foreign countries.

Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology
Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology (TIEE) is a peer-reviewed web-based collection of ecological educational materials. It is “a resource for busy ecology faculty who are looking for new ways to reach their students, or who perhaps want to learn more about teaching and learning.”

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