For Immediate Release 

May 25, 2023 


Amanda Powers 
2nd Street 
(518) 928-9888 
[email protected] 

PITTSFIELD, MA — The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College (OLLI at BCC) invites clients of Second Street Second Chances to participate in a series of free guided hikes throughout the month of June. The hikes will take place in various locations throughout the Berkshires on Tuesdays, June 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 10:30 am to noon. Space is limited and registration is required; to register, contact Samantha Bolio-Kearns at 2nd Street, (413) 443-7220 ext. 1275.

2nd Street clients who participate in the hiking course will receive a scholarship to join OLLI at BCC for one year. Benefits of membership include free courses for each of five semesters, access to all lectures and membership in Shared Interest Groups. Individuals who receive SNAP, WIC, EBT or other benefits can join most OLLI events at no cost.

Katherine and John Kidd will lead hikes of four trails in Pittsfield: the Boulders, Canoe Meadows, Pittsfield State Forest and the Ashuwillicook Rail Trail. Hikes will be approximately 75 minutes and will include time to learn about forests, meadows and wetlands. All hikes have minimal elevation gain but may feature uneven terrain. Class members should wear good hiking shoes and bring water. Hiking poles will be provided to those who wish to use them.

Katherine and John Kidd are experienced hikers who have coordinated a small hiking group that has been exploring the Berkshire Hills and the Taconics for five years. Katherine is a frequent OLLI instructor and retired educator, while John directed a program in Connecticut for 23 years that worked with returning citizens. Both are volunteers with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council (BNRC) to help steward some of the trails featured in the hikes.

“We are blessed to have so many hiking trails in the Berkshires that are free, open to the public and varied in length and difficulty. By walking these four trails together, we will get to know each other and the environment within which we live,” Katherine Kidd said. “For some, it may stretch their understanding of themselves, their capabilities and the rich resources in the community.”

About 2nd Street

Second Street Second Chances, Inc., better known as 2nd Street, supports formerly incarcerated persons in Berkshire County and connects them with the tools, programs and support they need to successfully reenter their community. 2nd Street is committed to treating formerly incarcerated individuals with respect and encouragement; providing them with job readiness skills and access to employment opportunities; preparing them to become productive and contributing citizens; and educating and advocating for communities to embrace them as such. Services and referrals include medical and mental health resources, substance use disorder services, financial resources and literacy, transportation, family reunification, housing, job training and employment, and legal services. Visit 2nd Street at