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Trail Mix: Outdoor activities in our area

Editor’s note: This is an online version of Trail Mix, a listing of outdoor activities that runs weekly on our Thursday Outdoors page. Listings in Trail Mix are free. E-mail 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.

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Great Falls Discovery Center

2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, 413-863-3676, www.greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org. Open to the public Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted. Facilities are accessible.

∎ In the Great Hall: Paintings by Christine Winship, Through Jan. 31.

∎ Editor’s note: This is an online version of Trail Mix, a listing of outdoor activities that runs weekly on our Thursday Outdoors page. Listings in Trail Mix are free. E-mail 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.

Full Moon getaway Jan. 27

HAWLEY — Stump Sprouts Cross Country Ski Center & Guest Lodge, is hosting a fundraiser for the Franklin Land Trust on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m. Support land conservation while you cross-country ski, snowshoe or hike. Come for the afternoon, dinner, the Moonlight Frolic or stay overnight. To register or for more information, contact the Franklin Land Trust at 413-625-9152, or register online at www.skireg.com/Net/3444.

Great Falls Discovery Center

2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, 413-863-3676, www.greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org. Open to the public Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted. Facilities are accessible.

∎ In the Great Hall: Paintings by Christine Winship, Through Jan. 31.

∎ Saturday, Feb. 2, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Discovery Hour: Groundhogs! Join us for stories, crafts, and activities highlighting the adventures of the noble groundhog in winter. Will he see his shadow this year? Will you see yours? Where does he hang out all winter? How does he survive the cold? How do you? These are just a few of the many questions we will ponder as we contemplate winter and the transition to spring. Bundle up and bring your shadow! For ages 3-6.

∎ Tuesday-Saturday, Feb. 19 to Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Great Falls Discovery Center is open Tuesday through Saturday of school vacation week.

∎ Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Feb. 19, 20, 21, 1 to 3 p.m. Be Creative and Build a Duck. Heard of the Jr. Duck Stamp Contest? Interested in trying out your hand at entering? Join us during school vacation week as we explore the variety of renditions of birds from different artists and cultures. We will use concepts such as patterns, colors, lines, and textures to create a unique bird with a variety of materials. This free program is geared toward third through sixth grade with an accompanying adult. All materials provided. Please register at 413-863-3221.

∎ Friday, Feb. 22, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Discovery Hour: Mystery Tracking. Young children ages 3 to 6 and their parents are invited to join refuge staff as we discover different things about local wildlife and the places they live. Be ready to be crafty, have fun, and bring your imagination as we explore the natural world around us. This month we’ll be using our detective skills to identify tracks left behind by different local animals.

Northfield Mountain

99 Millers Falls Road (Route 63), Northfield. 413-659-3714 or 800-859-2960. Owned and operated by FirstLight Power Resources. www.firstlightpower.com/

■ Snowshoeing Under the Wolf Moon. Join other nighttime adventurers on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. for Snowshoeing Under the Wolf Moon. Natural history of the night, quotes and moon lore will be shared during this two-mile snowshoe. A warm cup of cocoa and snacks make the perfect ending to this hike under January’s full moon, often called the Wolf Moon. No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. 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. This program is free, and open to anyone age 12 and older. Snowshoes are available to rent for $16. Registration is required by calling Northfield Mountain at 800-859-2960.

■ Introduction to Snowshoeing for Seniors. Learn to snowshoe with other active seniors on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Enjoy a morning of camaraderie and exercise outdoors. Snowshoeing is good exercise and easy to learn. Lightweight aluminum snowshoes are great tools for gaining a grip on snowy or icy terrain and using ski poles gives extra contact points to further increase stability in a variety of winter conditions. After an indoor introduction to equipment, participants will practice techniques on flat terrain and gentle hills. With our new skills, we’ll visit wildlife hot-spots to look for signs of porcupine, fox, or deer. Hot drinks, snacks and handouts on snowshoeing and tracking will round out the morning. Wear wind pants or gaiters if you have them and dress in warm layers that can be shed as we get moving. No prior experience is necessary. The program is free and open to anyone age 55 and older. Snowshoes are available to rent for $16. Registration is required by calling Northfield Mountain at 800-859-2960.

Live birds of prey Feb. 3

MONTAGUE — Greenfield Center School, 71 Montague City Road, will host an admissions open house and live birds of prey program on Sunday, Feb. 3. Nationally known raptor rehabilitator Tom Ricardi will bring several birds of prey to the school and will deliver a program on them from 1 to 2 p.m. After the program, from 2 to 4 p.m., each Center School classroom will have bird-related activities, projects and explorations for students of all ages.

Ricardi’s birds of prey presentation brings participants up close to owls, hawk, eagle, falcon and more. In classrooms, after the presentation, participants can dissect pellets to find bones of the owls’ prey, make bird feeders, paint bird portraits, make masks and create nests. Prospective parents will have an opportunity to meet Center School teachers, parents and students. Refreshments will be served. This is a wonderful opportunity to see what the Greenfield Center School is all about.

Northfield Mountain

99 Millers Falls Road (Route 63), Northfield. 413-659-3714 or 800-859-2960. Owned and operated by FirstLight Power Resources. www.firstlightpower.com/

■ Introduction to Snowshoeing for Seniors. Learn to snowshoe with other active seniors on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Enjoy a morning of camaraderie and exercise outdoors. Snowshoeing is good exercise and easy to learn. Lightweight aluminum snowshoes are great tools for gaining a grip on snowy or icy terrain and using ski poles gives extra contact points to further increase stability in a variety of winter conditions. After an indoor introduction to equipment, participants will practice techniques on flat terrain and gentle hills. With our new skills, we’ll visit wildlife hot-spots to look for signs of porcupine, fox, or deer. Hot drinks, snacks and handouts on snowshoeing and tracking will round out the morning. Wear wind pants or gaiters if you have them and dress in warm layers that can be shed as we get moving. No prior experience is necessary. The program is free and open to anyone age 55 and older. Snowshoes are available to rent for $16. Registration is required by calling Northfield Mountain at 800-859-2960.

Live birds of prey Feb. 3

MONTAGUE — Greenfield Center School, 71 Montague City Road, will host an admissions open house and live birds of prey program on Sunday, Feb. 3. Nationally known raptor rehabilitator Tom Ricardi will bring several birds of prey to the school and will deliver a program on them from 1 to 2 p.m. After the program, from 2 to 4 p.m., each Center School classroom will have bird-related activities, projects and explorations for students of all ages.

Ricardi’s birds of prey presentation brings participants up close to owls, hawk, eagle, falcon and more. In classrooms, after the presentation, participants can dissect pellets to find bones of the owls’ prey, make bird feeders, paint bird portraits, make masks and create nests. Prospective parents will have an opportunity to meet Center School teachers, parents and students. Refreshments will be served. This is a wonderful opportunity to see what the Greenfield Center School is all about.

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