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Trail Mix for Jan. 29 to Feb. 4


Monday, January 29, 2018

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

Kidleidoscope Fridays: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Come each week to learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. This week we will be discussing groundhogs. Kidleidoscope is a free kid-friendly, hands-on environmental experience for young children. Each topic includes a story, interactive activities and a craft to introduce you and your child to the natural world. Program recommended for ages 3 to 6 with a parent or guardian. For more information, call 413-863-3221.

Northfield Mountain

Once in a Blue Moon Snowshoe Adventure: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31. Join us to experience snowshoeing under the light of the moon and to learn another definition of a blue moon. Natural history of the night, quotes and moon lore will be shared with hot drinks around our cozy pellet stove. Wear wind pants or gaiters if you have them, dress in warm layers that can be shed as we get moving and bring a water bottle to take on the trail. Warm, waterproof footwear is essential. All levels of experience are welcome for this moderately strenuous two-mile outdoor adventure. Register by calling 800-859-2960. The event is free with your own snowshoes; rentals are $16.

On the Trail of Predator and Prey; Winter Wildlife Tracking: 1:30 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 3. Learn how to identify the tracks left behind by local wildlife. This outdoor program will include an introduction to common track patterns and helpful tips for observing prints as well as the opportunity to follow tracks to learn more about an animal’s behavior. Program will include some off-trail tracking. If we are open for skiing, snowshoes are required. This program is free with your own snowshoes, $16 otherwise for snowshoe rentals. Appropriate for ages 16 and older. Advance registration is required for this event; call 800-859-2960 to reserve a spot.

Stoke the Fire Within: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10. Cultivate warmth from within as we join for yoga and winter activities in the forested landscape of Northfield Mountain. Relax and warm up with hiking or snowshoeing along the trails as we strengthen our connection to the natural world. Gentle stretching and outdoor standing poses will be supported by the added stability of snowshoes or boots. Led by Janice Doubleday. Dress in warm layers that can be shed as we get moving and wear warm, waterproof footwear. Bring water and, if available, poles for hiking and a yoga mat for a quiet, indoor conclusion. If we are open for skiing, snowshoes are required. There is a $10 program fee with your own snowshoes, and $26 with snowshoe rentals. Appropriate for ages 16 and older. Advance registration is required for this event; call 800-859-2960 to reserve a spot.

Wildlife in Winter: 1 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20. Join educator Laura Beltran for a family adventure exploring wildlife in winter. Games, activities and outdoor play will ensure a fun time for all ages, adults and children alike. Together, families will search for signs of wildlife on snowshoes (snow permitting) or on foot to discover what animals are active in Northfield’s fields and forests. If we are open for skiing, snowshoes are required. The program is free with your own snowshoes; snowshoe rental is $16 for adults, $10 for childred, with a maximum rental fee of $35 a family. Advance registration is required; call 800-859-2960 to reserve a spot.

Grown in Westhampton

Movie Night: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 30. This month, the group will be viewing “Call of the Forest — The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees with Diana Beresford-Kroger,” at the community room of the Westhampton Library, 1 N. Road, Westhampton.

Hands-on Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop: 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24. Be sure to dress appropriately and if you have your own pruning tools, bring them along. Workshop meets at 66 Stage Road, Westhampton.

Social Gathering: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 27. Join us for an evening of community and sharing at the Westhampton Library. All are welcome. Come to chat, get inspired, and discuss new projects for the year ahead.