Inspiring Organizations

Master Gardeners, Western Massachusetts

WMMGA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting good and sustainable gardening practices. Members are volunteers who have graduated from an academic training class and have completed service hours working with the public to advance our mission.  Find out how graduates are certified as Master Gardeners.  Upcoming events, classes, and tours!

Bee City USA

The Bee City USA program endorses a set of commitments, defined in a town resolution, for creating sustainable habitats for pollinators, which are vital to feeding the planet.  There are almost 50 participating cities across the USA, with links to a number of the cities' websites.  Fantastic ideas for replicating in western MA!

XERCES Society

The Xerces Society is a science-based conservation organization, working with diverse partners including scientists, land managers, educators, policymakers, farmers, and citizens.  Their publications, workshops, and website are accessible for both beginners and experts.

Toxics Action Center

Pesticides can contaminate our food, harm pollinators, and threaten ecosystems. A group of pesticides called neonicitinoids (or neonics), are killing the pollinators we depend on to support our food systems: bees, butterflies, bats, hummingbirds, moths, other insects, and even lizards and small mammals.

We are grateful to Toxics Action Center for playing a central role in helping WMPN plan a campaign to bring pollinator friendly best practices to towns, cities, businesses, and individuals.

Massachusetts Butterfly Club

The Massachusetts Butterfly Club sponsors state-wide butterfly activities of all ages and levels of expertise to promote education, conservation, interpretation, and fun!


Check out their meetings, programs, field trips, and butterfly counts and to become members of the club.

Beyond Pesticides

Beyond Pesticides offers educational resources to copy and distribute to encourage BEEing Protective and adopting policies and practices that protect bees and other pollinators and create pesticide-free refuges for these beneficial organisms.

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