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.

Women’s Tree Climbing Workshop @ Harvard Forest
Oct 9 @ 5:00 pm – Oct 12 @ 6:00 pm

This workshop is designed for women who have never climbed trees with ropes and harnesses, and for women who want to improve their technique.  Learn how to improve and excel in the world of tree climbing.

What Can You do to help Declining Bird Species @ Wallace Farm
Oct 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Lots of our native birds are struggling with habitat loss, changes in food sources, and other stressors. Come to this field walk and discussion to learn about what you can do to help.

A wide range of experts will be on hand to share information about why certain species are declining, as well as specific steps you can take on your land, from installing kestrel boxes to managing your woodlands, and programs available to you to help reduce your costs.

For information, call Wendy Ferris at Franklin Land Trust at (413) 625-9151

Tree Farm Committee meeting @ Brewmasters Tavern
Oct 15 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Massachusetts Tree Farm Committee will meet at Brewmasters Tavern in Williamsburg at 3 pm on October 15th to discuss whether the Tree Farm program should be based on certification or recognition.

Project Learning Tree workshop @ Heritage State Park
Oct 17 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Massachusetts Project Learning Tree will hold a combined Early Childhood Experiences and Pre K – 8 Curriculum workshop at Lawrence Heritage State Park in Lawrence on Saturday, October 17th, from 10 am to 3:30 pm.

PLT’s “hands-on; minds-on” activities and experiences pique curiosity, build vocabulary, sharpen thinking, and link to skills and subjects in the pre-K and elementary curriculum. Model, discuss and apply PLT to your situation.

The workshop fee of $35 includes both the Early Childhood Experiences Module and the PreK-8 Curriculum Guide.

Project Learning Tree is sponsored in Massachusetts by the Department of Conservation and Recreation with support from the Massachusetts Forest Alliance.

Tree Farm Tour @ Eve-Cowles Tree Farm
Oct 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Massachusetts Tree Farm Program will hold a Tree Farm Tour at the award-winning Eve-Cowles Tree Farm in Deerfield on Saturday, October 17th, from 10 am to noon.

The Tree Farm, owned by Arthur Eve and Bob Cowles, was just named the Massachusetts Tree Farm of the Year for 2015.  The tour will visit a number of sites on the property including areas recently harvested.

Massachusetts Wildlife Habitat Management Conference @ Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Field Headquarters
Oct 24 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife will hold a Protecting Our Investment in Wildlife Diversity conference at DFW’s Field Headquarters in Westborough on Saturday, October 24th.

The 2015 Massachusetts State Wildlife Action Plan found that numerous wildlife species would benefit from active habitat management creating a mix of grassland, shrubland, young forest, and mature forest habitats

Speakers will explain how to conduct habitat management to maintain wildlife on municipal and private lands, how the new habitat grant program can help landowners create and maintain habitat, and what the current scientific research says about habitat needs in Massachusetts.

The conference will run from 8 am to 4 pm on October 24th.  Admission is free but registration is required.

To register, go to

Birds, Bucks & Bunnies Workshop @ Gumpus Pond Conservation Area
Oct 24 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

The New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association will hold a Birds, Bucks & Bunnies wildlife management workshop at the Gumpus Pond Conservation Area in Pelham, NH on October 24th from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

UNH Cooperative Extension Wildlife Biologist Matt Tarr and N.H. Licensed Professional Forester Mike Powers will hold a tour of this complex community project based on habitat and forest management practices that promote wildlife biodiversity. Learn how habitat improvement projects of any scale can be included within your management plans and easily maintained.

Emphasis will be on both game and non-game species, including migratory songbirds, waterfowl, New England Cottontail and White Tailed deer.

Cost of the workshop is $15 for NHTOA members, $30 for non-members.  To register, call NHTOA at 603 224-9699.

Managing Northern Hardwoods workshop @ Bartlett Experimental Forest
Oct 31 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Spend a morning learning about the research, conducted over 50 years, on Northern hardwoods in the Bartlett Experimental Forest.

Longtime U.S. Forest Service researchers Bill Leak and Mariko Yamasaki will lead an informative discussion on how to enhance quality hardwood regeneration and how to manage hardwood forests to benefit a wide range of wildlife species. The majority of workshop will be outside, so dress for the weather.

Cost of the workshop is $15 for NHTOA members; $30 for non-members.

Woods Walk in East Brookfield
Oct 31 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Forester Craig Masterman will lead a tour of a 79 acre managed woodland in East Brookfield  that features white pine management with protection of endangered species habitats on Saturday, October 31st.

The 79 acre East Brookfield Land Company property has been a managed woodland since 1995 growing white pine under a shelterwood system.  Management of the property is complicated by the presence of Wood Turtles and Blue Spotted Salamanders, which are on the state’s rare species list.  The tour will show how the property is managed to grow excellent white pine while protecting the rare species.

The woodland is located at the junction of Podunk Road and West Street in East Brookfield south of Route 9.  The tour will meet at 10 am on October 31st and participants should dress for the weather conditions.

For information, call Greg Cox at 413 339-5526 or email

Project Learning Tree & Growing Up Wild workshop @ Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
Nov 7 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
This workshop at Mass Audubon’s Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton features two multi-award-winning curricula – Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood, and Growing Up Wild. Both build on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invite them to explore the natural world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, these new curricula provide an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills.
Join Patti Steinman, Education Coordinator, Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries, and Kim Noyes, Northfield Mountain’s education coordinator, for a fun-filled day of interactive, hands-on activities. Gain experience and skills helpful for taking children outside to explore the natural world.

Project Learning Tree is sponsored in Massachusetts by the Department of Conservation and Recreation with support from the Massachusetts Forest Alliance.