Blog Posts

Autumn’s end…

I’m not sure were where the fall went, but an eventful one it was indeed.  With the lifting of the previous Covid-related restrictions, we were able to get back to a full slate of research, teaching and public events after two years mired in a touch-and-go operational mode.   Classes… Continue reading »

Invasion of the Spongy Moths…

A female spongy moth laying her egg masses. Lymantria dispar — formerly known as the gypsy moth but now more commonly referred to as the spongy moth — has been especially evident this summer, however it can be observed year-round in Williamstown. This past winter, you might have noticed… Continue reading »

Maplefest is Here!

Due to the coming Nor’easter, Maplefest has been rescheduled to this Sunday, March 13th from 11:00-2:00. Come out and tap a tree, see the evaporator in action, check out traditional boiling methods, enjoy a pancake, try sugar-on-snow, take part in a taste-off, learn how to make your own syrup, and… Continue reading »

The Fall Festival is Back!

After a year hiatus, the annual Fall Festival is returning to Hopkins Forest on October 23rd, from 10:00-1:00.  Come out and take part in traditional fall and forest related activities — including cider pressing, apple butter brewing, cross-cut saw, shake splitting, canopy walkway, games and exhibits.  There will be… Continue reading »

Reflections on a Maple Sugaring season…

There were few signs of spring in the Rosenberg Center attic on a February afternoon, in 2020, working a caretaking shift. Midwinter air passed in through the window panes in the loose boards of the old barn, and the grey of the sky outside came with it — resting in… Continue reading »

Spring Amphibian Foray with Darren Wang

View from my window in Taipei 20 minutes from my home I developed my love for the outdoors at a young age, which was evenly divided between Taipei, Taiwan and Shanghai, China. In these two cities, associated with busy streets and gray facades, I was fortunate enough to… Continue reading »

2021 Maple Syrup Now Available!

The 2021 maple sugaring season is now behind us and we are bottling the final batches of this year’s production.  You can purchase our freshly bottled syrup through the Center for Environmental Studies. Order HMF Syrup Today: Fill out the SyrupOrderForm completely and send it along with… Continue reading »

The Other Hopkins…

A bobcat (Linx rufus) strolling by the camera a mere half-hour before I arrived to collect the photos. Last summer (2020), while fervently social distancing from Williamstown’s humans, I wound up closer than ever to the non-human residents of our community. As part of a Center for Environmental Studies-funded… Continue reading »