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Trail Mix: Nature activities in our area

Hike and pancakes March 24

SHELBURNE FALLS — On Sunday, March 24, the Deerfield River Watershed will host the first of its spring hikes from Davenport’s Sugar House to the High Ledges and back for a pancake and maple syrup breakfast. This hike is always very popular. We will leave the Sugar House at 9 a.m. Unless there is a big snow storm between now and then, good hiking boots should be proper foot wear. The hike to the High Ledges is about a mile and a half with spectacular views of Shelburne Falls and the upper Deerfield River Valley. The hike has a climb of about 300 feet to start but then is along the ridge with small ups and downs. We will return to the Sugar House about 11 a.m. for lunch. Reservations with the leader, Polly Bartlett (625-6628) are requested. Poor weather will cancel the hike.

Hiking workshop Friday

ORANGE — Trail Head will be hosting its monthly workshop on Friday, March 15. North Quabbin Trails Association president and local hiker Bob Curley will be talking all about hiking the North Quabbin. Curley put together a trail map for Bears Den and has been instrumental in creating new trails for our area. He will speak about which trails are ready to hike, and which are still in the planning stages. He will provide information and hiking tips. The free workshop starts at 7 p.m. at Trail Head,
1 South Main St. Call the store for more information at 978-249-8500.

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: Oil Paintings by Susan Valentine, Karen Chapman, Stein Feick, Marti Olmstead, ancy Maglione, Elizabeth Perkins, Phil Schuster, Frank Kanserstein, Karen Chapman, Penne Krol, Sandy Walsh. Through March 31. Artist’s reception: Friday, March 15, 5 to 7 p.m.

■ Saturday, March 16 and 30, 1 to 2 p.m. Exhibit Expeditions. Interested in birds, reptiles, and mammals? Join park rangers as we journey along the Connecticut River within the Great Falls Discovery Center. All ages welcome.

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/

■ “Bark: Get to Know Your Trees Field Walk.” Join Michael Wojtech, naturalist and author of “Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast,” on the trails of Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center on Saturday, March 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for an exploration of bark. $10, plus snowshoe rental if needed. Free to Athol Bird and Nature Club members. Registration is required by calling Northfield Mountain at 800-859-2960.

■ Friday, March 22, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Discovery Hour: Nests. Young children ages 3 to 6 and their parents are invited to join refuge staff from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 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.

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