March 27, 2018 Mariah

Library in the Wilderness Program

Berkshire Natural Resources Council (BNRC), in partnership with the Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s Public Library, is initiating a program called “Library in the Wilderness.”

This program provides community members with access to essential supplies to have a safe, fun, and educational outdoor experience as well as workshops on hiking, local flora and fauna, and land stewardship.

Library cardholders will be able to check out backpacks equipped with field guides, the library’s park passes, BNRC trail guides, a basic first aid kit, a compass, a magnifying glass, two ponchos, and bug spray, just as they would a library book.

The backpacks will be available for a 1-week checkout and reservations are required.

Interested in supporting this program? Sponsor a backpack by:

  • Making a general contribution by clicking here. $115.00 covers the cost of one backpack and all of its contents, but any amount will help! Just write “Backpack” in the comments section.

  • Purchasing program supplies directly from our Amazon Smile Wishlist:  They’ll be sent to the BNRC office for assembling the backpack.

  • Donating your extra field guides (birds, mammals, butterflies, trees, flowers), binoculars, compass, and/or magnifying glasses! Please call 413-499-0596 before dropping off your donation at 20 Bank Row, Suite #203 Pittsfield.

Thank you for supporting the Library in the Wilderness Program!