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Trail Mix, week of Dec. 12

  • Northfield Mountain will host a Solstice Headlamp Hike later this month. Contributed photo


Sunday, December 11, 2016

Editor’s Note: Listings in Trail Mix are free. Email: outdoor@recorder.com. The deadline is Tuesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Call 413-772-0261, ext. 276. Weather may cancel or force the rescheduling of some of these events. Additionally, space is often limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This is particularly important if registration is required.

Great Falls Discovery Center

Coming in January: First Day Hike. Two-mile stroll along the Canalside Rail Trail to start off a healthy new year. Family friendly. Gentle route. Sunday, Jan. 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. Dress in layers. Dogs welcome on leashes. Meet in Great Hall at 1 p.m. Hike begins at 1:15.

Massachusetts Audubon Society

Solstice Celebation sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries on Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Road in Easthampton. Children ages 5 to 18. Free and open to the public. Registration is not required — just show up.

Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center

Northfield Mountain will lead a Solstice Headlamp Hike on Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the environmental center off Route 63. A holiday celebration for hike lovers, this romp will be on the carriage width ski trails at Northfield. Our headlamps will light the way on this longest night of the year as we share solstice facts and quotes from literary lovers of the night. A visit to a mid-mountain campfire and shared cider and snacks will sweeten this night as we turn toward the sun. Participants should bring a headlamp, dress in layers for hiking in winter weather, and expect to hike 1½ miles with an elevation gain of 300 feet. If trails are open for skiing, snowshoes will be required. The event is free and appropriate for ages 11 and older. Call to register at 800-859-2960.

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

Free Bird Program and Holiday Sale. Saturday, from 10 to 11 a.m. Visit Arcadia, 127 Combs Road in Easthampton. Visitors Center and Gift Shop for free birding program with local naturalist John Green. He will help identify birds found around birdfeeders this time of year.