Trail Mix for Feb. 26 to March 4

Monday, February 26, 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

Dinosaur Footprints in the Connecticut River Valley: From Feb. 17 to April 1, check out an exhibit about the 19th-century discovery of dinosaur footprints in the Connecticut River Valley and local people, like Dexter Marsh and Edward Hitchcock, who played starring roles in the story. Designed for fun family learning by Deerfield’s Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (PVMA), the space includes two simulated 19th century cabinets (precursors to today's museums), a “make your own collection” takeaway activity, dinosaur track reproductions and more. Call 413-863-3221 to find out more.

Homeschool Science: Hands-on STEM: The Turners Falls Carnegie Library offers homeschool science on Wednesdays, with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math. This month, young scientists are invited to take a field trip to the Great Falls Discovery Center. This week, learn about porcupines. Registration requested to ensure that we have enough supplies for everyone. Please email Angela at: arovatti-leonard@cwmars.org or call 413 863-3214.

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. Snakes are the topic on March 2, and frogs on March 9. 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

Snowshoe Adventures by Moonlight: 7 to 9:15 p.m., Friday, March 2. Join Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center staff and other nighttime adventurers for a snowshoe hike under the light of the moon. Invigorating evening exercise, group camaraderie and seasonal natural history will be shared. 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 trek. Open to adults and anyone ages 12 and up. The program is free with your own snowshoes; snowshoe rentals is $16 for adults, $10 for children. Advance registration is required; call 800-859-2960 to reserve a spot.

Attracting Pollinators to Your Landscape: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 20. Celebrate the first day of spring with this illustrated evening program led by Tom Sullivan of PollinatorsWelcome.com and co-sponsored by the Athol Bird and Nature Club. Learn about transforming gardens and landscapes into native bee habitats, and steps to create pollinator-friendly landscaping, including providing food for bees and nesting opportunities to raise their young. Free. No registration is required.

Hilltown Seed Network

Winter Scion Swap: 1 to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, March 4. Learn how to get started in fruit tree grafting and take home some local scionwood from this event sponsored by the Hilltown Seed Saving Network. With presentation by local orchardist Alan Surprenant. Bring your favorite fruiting scionwood to share with other orchard and grafting enthusiasts. Free with suggested donation of $5-$10. To be held at the Cummington Community House, 33 Main St., Cummington. Visit http://bit.ly/2sN8YZ7 to learn more.