WILLIAMS COLLEGE INVITES COMMUNITY TO
EXPERIENCE 6TH ANNUAL HUMAN LIBRARY
All members of the community are invited to experience the Human Library on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24 and 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Paresky Student Center.
This is a free, interactive event, and reservations are not required.
The Williams College Human Library holds almost 40 “books”: students, staff, faculty and members of the community who volunteer to spend 30 minutes sharing their unique story and engage in a one-on-one conversation with each “reader.” Together the book and reader discuss their experiences and exchange questions.
The Gaudino Fund and the Human Library Committee, which is made up of faculty, staff, and students, sponsor Williams’ Human Library. Please contact Lois Banta (firstname.lastname@example.org
) with questions. FEBRUARY VACATION EXPLORATION PROGRAM The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is offering a vacation exploration program at Sheep Hill for children ages K– 4th grade, afternoons from 1-4 PM Tuesday, Feb 21 through Friday Feb 24.
The programs will take place at Sheep Hill no matter what the weather and will feature habitat exploration, winter science experiments, hiking or sledding, craft projects, baking and cooking, and more.
Winter is a great time to get outdoors and Sheep Hill offers a variety of habitats to explore and room for outdoor fun, as well as a warm space for getting out of the weather. The cost for the program is $125, $100 for WRLF members. For more information or to register visit www.wrlf.org
or call the office at 413-458-2494. GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT
The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation (www.wrlf.org
) invites you to be a Citizen Scientist by participating in this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count (birdcount.org
) February 17–20, 2017
. Join the WRLF at Linear Park (entrance off Route 2 across from the Maple Terrace Motel) at 9:30 AM on Saturday February 18.
We’ll count birds and learn about their natural history on this easy hike geared toward children and families. Bring binoculars if you have them, and there will be a few pair available to borrow. Or you can count birds on your own anywhere you like. We recommend at LEAST 15 minutes – or even longer if you wish.
Keep track of the numbers and species of birds you see and how many and how long you watched. Count on one day or all 4 days. Then enter your list online at BirdCount.org
. Put in a new checklist for each new day, each different location or for the same location and same day, if you counted different times of day. Look for the Submit Observations tab on the Great Backyard Bird Count website. http://gbbc.birdcount.org
. You may start submitting lists after midnight of the first day.
Each checklist submitted during the GBBC helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we share. Last year, more than 160,000 participants submitted their bird observations online, creating the largest instantaneous snapshot of global bird populations ever recorded. SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES --------------------- IS183 SUMMER CAMPS
Don’t let this frigid weather get you down… Let’s make plans for summer! IS183 Art School of the Berkshires’ invites children to come to CAMP! IS183’s weeklong summer camps for children ages 3 to 14 run from June 26 to August 18 and if you register your kids by March 31, you’ll receive a 10% discount!
IS183 Art Camps for 3 to 14 year olds are run by art educators and include a wide range of media, encouragement of creative thinking and time outdoors in all our explorations! Every camp is led by a faculty artist with the aid of a teaching assistant and, for ages 6 and up, the addition of a visiting artist further enriches their experience. Call 413-298-5252 x100 to register and lean more or go to IS183.org