North Quabbin briefs: May 23, 2020

Published: 5/22/2020 3:07:38 PM
Modified: 5/22/2020 3:07:25 PM
Virtual open house at Fitchburg State

FITCHBURG — Learn about the educational opportunities available at Fitchburg State University when its School of Graduate, Online and Continuing Education hosts a virtual open house at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 9.

Visitors can tune in virtually to learn about the undergraduate evening and graduate programs Fitchburg State offers. The free session will cover the admissions process, digital learning opportunities and other details.

The School of Graduate, Online and Continuing Education at Fitchburg State offers more than 45 graduate and undergraduate degree and certificate programs. Those who are on the fence about a particular area of study, or just not sure where to begin, this is a great place to start.

Visit to learn more.

Athol Bird & Nature Club activities

ATHOL — A Zoom Webinar, “Where the Wild Things Are: Native Plants for Pollinators,” will be held June 3, 6 p.m.

From bumblebees to monarch butterflies, pollinators are in the news these days. Large-scale habitat destruction, the overuse of pesticides, and climate change all play a role, but the question remains, what can the average person do? Join Dan Jaffe to discuss what people can do to help the pollinators. Which plants are the best to plant, what strategies can we follow to create robust pollinator habitat, and how do we do it all without losing the beauty and usability of the gardens we love?

Jaffe earned a degree in botany from the University of Maine, an advanced certificate in Native Plant Horticulture and Design from Native Plant Trust (formally New England Wild Flower Society), and has years of nursery management and plant sales experience. He is passionate about ecological horticulture, building both sustainability and wildlife value into every landscape, and the foraging and cultivation of wild edible plants. He is the Horticulturalist and Propagator for Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary and the staff photographer. His book, Native Plants for New England Gardens, was released spring of 2018.

Register in advance for this webinar:

Free home composting Webinar

A free home composting webinar hosted by the Greater Quabbin Food Alliance will be held May 29, from noon to 1 p.m.

Cooking at home more often these days? Want to learn how to reduce household trash and improve garden soil health by composting food and yard waste? Tune in to this fun webinar that will provide tips, how-tos, and local resources to start or improve your own composting system in Central and Western Mass., followed by a question-and-answer session with local composting experts.

Registration is required and open to the first 100 participants. Register in advance for this meeting via this link:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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