July 8, 2020 Mariah

Summer 2020 Volunteer Workdays

We’re excited to share volunteer workday opportunities for the summer below. We have heard from many of you that you would like to start volunteering again with BNRC as soon as possible. The workdays have been designed with social distancing guidelines in mind. Following State and CDC guidelines we’ve established safety protocols that all participants must adhere to. Please note that if a rollback of phasing occurs, workdays will be canceled. Also, we understand that many may not feel comfortable participating at this time—and that is absolutely fine. Your support is equally as valuable to us and we look forward to a time when it is safe to gather in our traditional ways.  

After reviewing the safety protocols and workdays below please RSVP to Mariah at maman@bnrc.org wityour top choices up to 4 (ranking 1-4) by Sunday, July 12th (response later than that will also be considered). You’ll receive a follow-up email with more details. We want to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate that would like to. This system may shift as we move forward and we appreciate your patience.  

Lastly, for those who are interested in a volunteer opportunity with more autonomy we’re looking for trailhead ambassadors to be present for an hour or so at trailheads during popular times. This person would simply greet hikers as they head out or return, answer any questions, and direct them to resources. Candidates for trailhead ambassadors are volunteers who feel confident in sharing trail information, suggesting other trails, and are familiar with BNRC’s website and the BNRC Berkshire Trails app. Our recommendation is someone who has completed the volunteer training and has attended at least one workday in the past. The outlined safety protocols must be followed as well. Please be in touch if this interests you and I’ll share more information!  

Safety Protocols 

  • BNRC volunteer workdays will be limited to 3-4 participants that must RSVP. Staff members will not count toward the total participants.  
  • Self-screen your health and don’t come to a workday if: 
    • You or somebody in your household experiences COVID19 symptoms or has traveled within the past 2 weeks to a location where COVID cases are high. 
    • Anyone in your household has been exposed to someone with COVID-19.   
  • Participants must bring a face mask to wear in the event that social distancing is not possible. BNRC will have extra in case someone forgets theirs. 
  • Participants must practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from others on the trail. This includes stepping off the trail to let other visitors pass. 
  • Participants must bring their own water, snacks, and work gloves. BNRC will have work gloves to provide you to keep if necessary.  

Berkshire Natural Resources Council Summer 2020 Volunteer Workdays 


Saturday, July 18, 9:00 am – noon (4 volunteers) RSVP CAPACITY REACHED
The Boulders, Dalton Avenue Access, Pittsfield 

We’ll be working to remove old trail markers along the Blue Trail. This will help to establish a clear trail blazing system. This work involves using a step or small ladder and tool to pry the old markerBNRC will provide all tools and will sanitize them prior to usePlease wear sturdy shoes and bring a mask, water, and a snack. The outlined safety protocols must be followed.  


Sunday, July 19, 9:00 am – noon (4 volunteers) RSVP CAPACITY REACHED
The Boulders, Dalton Avenue Access, Pittsfield 

We’ll be working to remove old trail markers along the Red Trail. This will help to establish a clear trail blazing system. This work involves using a step or small ladder and tool to pry the old markerBNRC will provide all tools and will sanitize them prior to use. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring a mask, water, and a snack. The outlined safety protocols must be followed.  


Friday, July 24, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (4 volunteers) RSVP CAPACITY REACHED
Hollow Fields, Richmond 

This workday will be focused on clearing the trail corridor of the soon-to-be signed Perry’s Peak Loop. We’ll hike approximately 4 miles with elevation gain. BNRC will provide all tools and will sanitize them prior to use. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring a mask, water, and a snack. If you have loppers and/or pruners, please feel free to bring. The outlined safety protocols must be followed.  


Friday, August 7, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (4 volunteers) RSVP CAPACITY REACHED
Alford Springs, Alford 

Join us in re-blazing the 2.4-mile Mother Loop. This work involves painting over old trail blazes. BNRC will provide all tools and will sanitize them prior to use. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting paint on, sturdy shoes, and bring a mask, water, and a snack. The outlined safety protocols must be followed.  


Wednesday, August 12, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (4 volunteers) RSVP CAPACITY REACHED
Hollow Fields, Richmond 

Help to install sign posts for the new Perry’s Peak Loop. This work involves carrying cedar posts and digging post holes. BNRC will provide all tools and will sanitize them prior to use. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring a mask, water, and a snack. The outlined safety protocols must be followed. 


Tuesday, August 18, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm (4 volunteers)
Stevens Glen, West Stockbridge

Help to eradicate invasive garlic mustard and protect this beautiful forest.  This work involves pulling the plant up by the root and disposing in a trash bag. BNRC will provide all tools and will sanitize them prior to use. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring a mask, water, and a snack. The outlined safety protocols must be followed. 


Thursday, August 20, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm (4 volunteers)
Stevens Glen, West Stockbridge

Help to eradicate invasive garlic mustard and protect this beautiful forest.  This work involves pulling the plant up by the root and disposing in a trash bag. BNRC will provide all tools and will sanitize them prior to use. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring a mask, water, and a snack. The outlined safety protocols must be followed. 


Sunday, August 23, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (4 volunteers) RSVP CAPACITY REACHED
Clam River, Sandisfield 

This workday will focus on removing old flagging along the Clam River Trail and clearing the corridor. We’ll hike approximately 3 miles. BNRC will provide all tools and will sanitize them prior to use. If you have loppers and/or pruners, please feel free to bring. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring a mask, water, and a snack. The outlined safety protocols must be followed. 


Thursday, September 3, 9:00 am – noon (4 volunteers) RSVP CAPACITY REACHED
Old Mill Trail, Hinsdale/Dalton 

Help us to continue to eradicate garlic mustard on this beautiful section along the East Branch of the Housatonic River. This work involves pulling the plant up by the root and disposing in a trash bag. BNRC will provide all tools and will sanitize them prior to use. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring a mask, water, and a snack. The outlined safety protocols must be followed. 


Saturday, September 19, 9:00 am – noon (4 volunteers) RSVP CAPACITY REACHED
The Boulders, Gulf Road Access, Pittsfield 

We’ll be working to remove old trail markers along the Green Trail. This will help to establish a clear trail blazing system. This work involves using a step or small ladder and tool to pry the old marker. BNRC will provide all tools and will sanitize them prior to use. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring a mask, water, and a snack. The outlined safety protocols must be followed. 


Friday, September 25, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (4 volunteers) RSVP CAPACITY REACHED
Hoosac Range, North Adams 

This workday will focus on defining the corridor along the Hoosac Range Trail. BNRC will provide all tools and will sanitize them prior to use. If you have loppers and/or pruners, please feel free to bring. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring a mask, water, and a snack. The outlined safety protocols must be followed.