Welcome to the Massachusetts Forest Alliance Events Calendar!

Here you can easily navigate the calendar below to view MFA events, meetings and workshops. In addition to MFA sponsored events, we also list other workshops and meetings hosted by third party organizations relevant to our membership. To find out more about an event, simply click on it for complete details. To search events by category, click on the ‘Categories’ button to select which categories to turn on and off.

Forester Licensing Board meeting @ Shaler Hall, Harvard Forest
Jul 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Forester Licensing Board will hold its next meeting at Shaler Hall at Harvard Forest in Petersham on July 8th from 6 to 9 pm

Exploring Ferns at Barton Cove @ Barton Cove Canoe Rental
Jul 11 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Fern expert Elizabeth Farnsworth of the New England Wildflower Society will lead an exploration of ferns at the Barton Cove Recreation Area on Route 2 in Gill on Saturday, July 11th, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.  Farnsworth is the co-author of the Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

Dress for the weather and bring bug spray.

Habitat Needs of Forest Birds webinars @ online
Jul 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Cornell Extension will hold two Forest Connect webinars on Habitat Needs of Forest Birds on Wednesday July 15th at noon and 7 pm.

The webinar will be presented by Suzanne Treyger from New York Audubon

To take part in the webinars, go to

Project Learning Tree Workshop @ Purgatory Chasm State Park
Jul 22 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Massachusetts Project Learning Tree will hold a Focus on Forests and Forests of the World workshop for middle and high school educators at Purgatory Chasm State Park in Sutton on July 22nd from 10 am to 2:30 pm.

PLT’s secondary modules blend science and social studies by presenting in-depth investigations and activities centered on real world issues.  Participants will examine forest plots to assess their health, learn about forests globally, and model forest management decision making activities here and abroad.

Cost of the workshop is $23 including all materials and workbook.  Professional development credits and certificates are available.

To register for the workshop, call Gini Traub at 413 584-6788 or email

Massachusetts Project Learning Tree is sponsored by the Department of Conservation & Recreation and the Massachusetts Forest Alliance.

Forest Regeneration Challenges Field Tour @ Scituate Reservoir Watershed
Jul 23 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

New England Chapter of SAF will hold a Forest Regeneration Challenges Field Tour at the Providence Water Department’s Scituate Reservoir Watershed in Scituate, Rhode Island on July 23rd from 8:30 am to 5 pm.  The workshop will visit four different woodlands in the Scituate watershed and examine the different issues presented in regenerating the forest types.

Cost of the workshop is $10 and you may register by contacting Bennett Leon at 802 265-0688 or by emailing

For additional information about the workshop, see

Project Learning Tree Workshop @ Brookwood Community Farm
Aug 19 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Massachusetts Project Learning Tree will hold a PLT Workshop for Pre k – grade 8 educators at the Brookwood Community Farm in Canton, MA on August 19th from 9 am to 1 pm.

This PLT workshop combines hands-on; minds-on activities with topics in Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts and Math.  Come try out, discuss, and apply them to your teaching situation.

Each participant will receive a curriculum guide and other materials, as well as a certificate.  PDPs are also available.

To register, contact Gini Traub at 413 584-6788 or email

Massachusetts Project Learning Tree is sponsored by the Department of Conservation & Recreation and the Massachusetts Forest Alliance.

Forest Ecology Training Institute for Teachers @ Harvard Forest
Aug 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Harvard Forest in Petersham will hold its annual Forest Ecology Training Institute for Grade 4 – 12 teachers on August 20th from 9 am to 3 pm.

The Schoolyard Ecology Training Institute’s programs help teachers learn how to implement field studies related to local ecosystems, invasive species and climate change on their school grounds or neighboring properties.  Students make observations of trees or woodlands near their schools, then record and submit their data to Harvard Forest as part of ongoing efforts to measure changes in our environment.

Participating teachers can choose between three different areas of concentration:

  • Buds, Leaves and Global warming
  • Our Changing Forest
  • Wooly Bully: the Invasive Pest, Hemlock Wooly Adelgid

For more information or to register, see

Cost of the workshop is $50 per person including all materials.

Massachusetts Foresters Council Meeting @ Bluebonnet Restaurant
Sep 10 @ 3:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Massachusetts Foresters Council will hold its fall workshops and members meeting at the Bluebonnet Restaurant in Northampton on September 10th from 3:30 to 9 pm.

Although the final agenda has not been set, expected topics include updates on the Northern Long-eared Bat and its effect on forest operations, updates on legislation, a presentation by the American Chestnut Foundation, and a possible presentation on double point sampling.  There is also expected to be an update on changes at DCR and possibly an opportunity to meet the new DCR Commissioner.

Continuing Forestry Education Credits will be available for this meeting.

Further information including the cost will be posted as it becomes available.

Tree Farm Field Day @ Holiday Brook Farm
Sep 19 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

The 2015 Tree Farm Field Day will be held at Holiday Brook Farm in Dalton on Saturday, September 19th, from 8:30 am to 4 pm.  The event will feature woodland tours, equipment demonstrations and tours of different land practices at Dicken Crane’s Holiday Brook Tree Farm.  The Field Day is sponsored by the Massachusetts Tree Farm Program, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, and the Berkshire Conservation District.

Further information including cost to attend, the program schedule, and directions will be posted when it becomes available.