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Student Groups Find Inspiration in the Berkshires

By Tracie Barry

Treat your students to a memorable trip. Come and visit state of the art technology studios, educational venues and the latest in cutting edge environmental initiatives all located in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.

Watch your student’s excitement as they create their own movies and animations when you take your class to Animagic, the same studio where the special effects and animation were created for the Matrix Trilogies, X-men, Preditor and Chicken Run.

Explore the scenery that has been the inspiration for some of the most famous and gifted writers in American History.  Visit the homes of  Herman Melville, Edith Wharton and many other famous authors and artists.  Tour their renowned gardens, haunted homes, pet cemeteries, studios, and museums and watch as your students become inspired by being in this cultural rich setting, steeped with history and literature.

Need an eco-component on your trip?  Jiminy Peak’s Mountain Adventure Park, and Mountain Coaster are powered by a Wind Turbine; after your group enjoys the park, take the wind turbine tour to see how it is entirely powered by self reliant electricity.   At Hancock Shaker Village, students can visit a working CSA farm, hold baby animals, and learn about agricultural technologies that are as relevant today as they were in the 1800 and 1900’s. Then take some time to explore the great outdoors at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary where the students can explore 7 miles of trails and also take a guided tour and learn about the birds in the area and also learn about how solar panels are powering this facitlity.

For your lodging needs, stay at the Crowne Plaza Hotel located in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, this student friendly hotel has interior corridors, a large indoor heated swimming pool, on-site security, free ample bus parking and an abundance of attractions within walking distance.  As the largest hotel in the Berkshires, the Crowne Plaza is ideal for student groups traveling to the area. If your student group lands further south in the County they can find great accommodations at Comfort Inn & Suites in Great Barrington or else at Hampton Inn & Suites in Lenox.

So start planning your student group tour to the Berkshires today! What they learn here will stay with them for a lifetime.
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A native of the Berkshires with fourteen years of experience coordinating groups, meetings, conventions, and student tours to Western Massachusetts, Tracie Barry is a industry leader who is passionate about sharing the Berkshire County experience with others.