Amateur and professional naturalists have long noted the rich biological landscape that makes Berkshire County unique in the state and the region. For about two centuries, European explorers, biologists, and today's homegrown naturalists have continued to add to the wealth of information that confirms the almost dizzying combination of geologic history and ecological succession that has brought the Berkshires to the biologically rich condition seen today. The Berkshire Natural History Conference will be moved around the Berkshire County each year, hosted by various organizations and planned by a group of dedicated field naturalists and others interested in developing educational opportunities for people of all ages. Berkshire Community College is a major player, as are MCLA and various environmental groups throughout the region. Initial support originated from a 413 Stem-Ready grant (BCC), Orion magazine, and Green Berkshires, Inc.