Planning for the Future: An Arbor Day Celebration and Tree Planting

Join us on Friday, April 28 at Springside Park in Pittsfield, MA

It’s Spring! We’re looking forward to the awakening of plants and animals, and are eager to get outside and commune with the living landscape. While Conway’s practices have evolved over the past fifty years, our vision has always been to support and promote ecological and social stewardship. We have had a long relationship with the communities of Berkshire County, and it is fitting that we honor that through a shared celebration.

The Conway School and the Pittsfield Department of Community Development Parks and Recreation (CDPR) invite you to an afternoon of talks, tours, and festivities, as we support and strengthen the ties in our region and lay a healthy foundation for future generations.

We hope you can join us!

When: Friday, April 28, 2023
Where: Springside Park, Pittsfield, MA
Registration is not required.
For more information, please call the Pittsfield Recreation and Special Events Coordinator at (413) 499-9371.

Schedule of Events

Drawing of a Quercus rubra (northern red oak) leaf by Elena Zachary ’22.

12:00 pm Welcoming remarks by Jim McGrath ’98, Program Manager of Open Space and Natural Resources in Pittsfield

12:05 pm Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer gives Arbor Day proclamation and short speech honoring the moment

12:10 pm Keynote Address by Martha Lyon ASLA, Principal of Martha Lyon Landscape Architecture

12:20 pm Remarks by Conway School Executive Director Bruce Stedman ’78, and honoring Dean Maynard ’83

12:30 pm Tree Planting. A native red oak tree provided by the Conway School will be planted in front of the newly restored historic Springside House.

12:40 pm Short reception with refreshments

Following the reception, the program will move to the Chestnut Seed Orchard (in the park).

1:00 pm  Opening remarks and overview of the chestnut reforestation project by the American Chestnut Foundation

1:20 pm Orchard Tour

1:30 pm Events

2:00 pm Closing remarks

The program has been organized by Jim McGrath ’98 (Park, Open Space, and Natural Resource Program Manager), with assistance from Chuck Schnell ’01 (Cudnohufsky Associates).


Update: See coverage of the event by Pittsfield Community Television