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Trail Mix for week of Jan. 8, 2018


Monday, January 08, 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

Who’s Been Here? Let’s find out: 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. Join us for stories, crafts and a tracking adventure to find out who has been outside in the snow at the Discovery Center. Suitable for ages 3 to 8 with a parent or guardian. Siblings and friends welcome. Meet in the Great Hall.

Teaching Creatures presents Animal Defenses: 11 a.m. to noon. Saturday, Jan. 27. Join Rae Griffiths from Teaching Creatures to take a closer look at live animals that have evolved unique adaptations for defending themselves against predators. This program is free, but space is limited so please call 413-863-3221 to reserve your spot. Sponsored by the Friends Group.

Northfield Mountain

Birds at Your Feeder: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. Indoor program on illustrated introduction to winter bird feeding focuses on how to identify birds at your feeder, interesting behavior to look for, where to locate feeders , which types of seeds attract birds and more. Bring warm clothing to visit a bird feeder outdoors. Bring binoculars, if possible. Most appropriate for adults, but children ages 9 and older are welcome.

Winter detectives: 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15. Fun, family adventure explores the diversity of life in the winter woods. Use detecitve skills to learn how to read the tales written upon the forest floor. Games, activities and outdoor exploration on snowshoes (snow permitting) will allow families to learn together about wildlife in winter. Led by experienced environmental educator Kathy Richards, this program takes place both indoors and outdoors. The importance of diversity and interdependence in the natural world, key to ecological health, will be the theme of the afternoon. If trails are open for skiing, snowshoes are required. If snow is insufficient for snowshoeing, the program will take place on foot. Register by calling 800-859-2960. The event is free with your own snowshoes, rentals are $16 for adults and $10 for children.

Introduction to Snowshoeing for Women: 12:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. Learn how to snowshoe with other active women. Begin indoors with a brief session on equipment, and then venture outside exploring some of our favorite trails, as well as the natural history of this special season. Tips on equipment and clothing, invigorating exercise and sharing hot chocolate and tea around our wood stove will complete the afternoon. No prior snowshoeing experience is necessary. Participants should dress in layers, wear warm, waterproof footwear and bring a trail snack and water. All levels of experience are welcome for this moderately strenuous activity. Register by calling 800-859-2960. Free with your own snowshoes; rentals are $18.

Upper Mountain Snowshoe Ramble; Porcupines and Stone Quarries: 12:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27. On this winter ramble, we’ll explore animal tracks, porcupine signs and an abandoned 19th century stone quarry. Snowshoeing is fabulous exercise, incredibly easy to learn and no prior experience is necessary. Enjoy an afternoon of camaraderie and outdoor exercise. A cup of hot cocoa by a fire will round out the afternoon. This moderately strenuous hike is approximately 2½ miles in length with an elevation gain of 400 feet. Bring water, snacks, wear wind pants or gaiters and dress in warm layers that can be shed as we get moving. Warm footwear is essential. All levels of experience are welcome. If snow is insufficient for snowshoeing, the program will take place on foot. Register by calling 800-859-2960. Free with your own snowshoes; rentals are $18.

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.