Trail mix: Aug. 2, 2021

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Published: 8/2/2021 6:46:54 AM
Great Falls Discovery Center

All programs, sponsored by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, are free. The Great Falls Discovery Center is located at 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls.

For outdoor programs, bring water, wear sunscreen/bug spray, dress in layers, and wear good footwear. An adult must accompany children. Inclement weather cancels outdoor programs. For more information call 413-863-3221 or visit:; or email

STORY WALK: THE BUSY TREE: Ongoing through Aug. 18. For young readers ages 3-7 and everyone who loves trees. Free self-guided StoryWalk featuring the children’s picture book “The Busy Tree” by Jennifer Ward.

KIDLEIDOSCOPE STORY HOUR: Friday, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 6 theme is Dragonflies. Meet at the Great Hall outdoor courtyard. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Program is mostly outdoors. Siblings and friends welcome. No shared materials/items. Activities are socially distanced.

POCUMTUCK HOMELANDS FESTIVAL: Saturday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet at Unity Park. Visit the Discovery Center and Northfield Mountain tent to find self-guided activities for young adventurers and all ages along the river —quests, scavenger hunts, and a Western Abenaki StoryWalk ”Mosbas and the Magic Flute,” by Jesse Bruchac. For information on the entire weekend event, visit

Mount Tom Reservation

Mt. Tom State Reservation, located on the Holyoke/Easthampton line with entrances on Routes. 5 and 141, has numerous free programs sponsored by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation. and are free and open to the public. Unless noted, all programs start at the Stone House Visitor Center, which is about two miles from either entrance. For information, call 413-527-4805.

SENIOR HIKE: Monday, Aug. 2, 10:30 a.m. Seniors can join in on this easy-paced one-hour hike. The terrain will be mostly easy and the nature talk will be abundant. Bring water.

EXPLORER’S CLUB: Monday, Aug. 2, 1 p.m. Children ages 10-14 are invited to explore Mt. Tom with this hiking program. Each week we will take a 1-2 hour hike on a different trail to discover what’s happening in the world of nature. Bring water and bug spray.

NATURE KIDS: Tuesday, Aug. 3, 10:30 a.m. Children ages 6-9 can join in and expand their knowledge about the different habitats here at Mount Tom. Each week for one hour, we will explore a different habitat and learn how the plants and animals have adapted in each environment. The Field, Stream, Pond and Forest will be the topics for the four weeks. Bring water and bug spray.

ADVANCED HIKE FOR SENIORS: Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1 p.m. Seniors and others who want more of a challenging hike can join in on this one-two hour hike up one of the more strenuous trails. The hike on these trails will be at a slower pace to accommodate this age bracket. Bring water.


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