Pleasant Valley Summer Canoe Trips

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LENOX, Mass. — Audubon's Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary will be running several canoe trips throughout the summer for families or individuals ages 10 and up.
 
From July 1 throughout August, Pleasant Valley's  off-site paddling programs will tour some of the best spots in the Berkshires. 
 
Watch for swallows, herons, ducks, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the scenic and meandering Housatonic River (Lenox). Explore the coves and marshes of Upper and Lower Goose Ponds in search of eagles, herons, and kingfishers (Tyringham). Or listen for owls, loons, and other wildlife on a moonlit paddle of Buckley Dunton Lake at October Mountain State Forest in (Becket)
 
Conoes, paddles, PFDs, and binoculars will be provided on the guided tours.
 
There are a variety of morning, evening and moonlight paddle trips. Prices range from $30 to $40. All participants must know how to swim.
 
Advanced registration is required. For a full list of programs and to register visit: massaudubon.org/pleasantvalleyprograms  or email berkshires@massaudubon.org for more information.

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Berkshire County Summer Camps Receive Funding Boost

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
BECKET, Mass. — Summer camps took a significant hit during the past year and the Massachusetts delegation has stepped up to support them as they welcome back eager campers.
 
State Senator Adam Hinds visited the Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA Friday with a giant check for $3,000,000 in hand for summer camps across the state - including $700,000 for camps in the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden districts.
 
"This has been a rough year, as we all know. A year and a half with basically camps going more than a year without income, and we know very well that in Western Mass and in the Berkshires, especially, that camps play such a critical role for so many things, our economy, our seasonal economy, for childcare, for the mental health of our students, and, and on and on and on," Hinds said. "And so in talking with Mass camps and talking about specific camps, it was it was very clear that we needed to make sure that the Massachusetts COVID response also focused on our camps."
 
The check was addressed to the Mass Camping Association. The association includes 1,400 camps in the state. It is part of funding Hinds secured through an amendment in the FY20 Supplement Budget.
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