Trail mix events for the week of Feb. 27

Sunday, February 26, 2017

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.

Mass Audubon Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

There will be a Nature Preschool Open House at the wildlife sanctuary at 127 Coombs Road in Easthampton on Feb. 28 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The snow date is March 2. Learn about Arcadia’s nature program. Registration is not required. For more information, call 413-584-3009.


Her Wild Roots will present Animal Tracking and Sign for Women on Saturday, March 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $75. Do you wonder what animals walked, hopped or bounded across your snow-covered yard during the night? Or, what animals have been browsing, gnawing or nipping their favorite twigs and trees? Spend a day outside to explore the fields and forests of Earthlands in Petersham. Animal tracking basics will be covered, and we’ll look for signs of activity. Nature will be our teacher. Activity level is moderate, not strenuous. Participants should carry a small pack with water, lunch and extra layers of warm clothing.

For more information and to register, visit:

Northfield Mountain Recreation & Environmental Center

A Look Back in Time: Quabbin and the Swift River Valley: On Thursday, March 2, from 7 until 8:30 p.m, enjoy an evening of beautiful historic images of the Swift River Valley at Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center. Dale Monette’s slideshow includes rarely seen historic Quabbin photographs and compares these images with contemporary views. This free program will explore the unique story of the Swift River towns and the creation of Quabbin Reservoir. To see some of Dale’s photography, visit: www.northquabbinphotography.com.

The Night Sky: On Saturday, March 18 from 7:30 until 9 p.m., meet Orion the Hunter, Gemini the Twins, and the Queen of Ethiopia at Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center. This program is an introduction to the late winter and early spring constellations and the stories behind them. This program will take place both indoors and outdoors. Register by calling: 800-859-2960. Free event, ages 10 and up.

Early Spring at Barton Cove: Celebrate the beginning of spring on March 25 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Join naturalist Kim Noyes on this two mile leisurely hike. We’ll observe the first wildflower of spring, search for nesting eagles and explore the rich geological, natural and cultural history of Barton Cove. Meet at the picnic area in the Barton Cove day-use area at 62 Mohawk Trail/Route 2, Gill. Wear sturdy shoes or boots, dress in layers and bring binoculars, if possible. Depending on snow and trail conditions, creepers or snowshoes may be needed. Register at 800-859-2960. Appropriate for adults and children ages 10 and up.

Frontier Regional High School: Master Gardeners’ Spring Gardening Symposium is March 18

Western Mass. Master Gardener Association’s Spring Gardening Symposium: Join us for the annual Western Mass. Master Gardener Association’s Spring Gardening Symposium on March 18 from 8:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at Frontier Regional High School, South Deerfield. This year’s theme is Unlock Your Garden’s Potential. Keynote speaker Margaret Roach, former editorial director for Martha Stewart and blogger for awaytogarden.com, will be speaking on unlocking seed secrets: from politics to the practical.

Cost for the day is $35, which includes 15 workshop topics to choose from in two concurrent sessions, the keynote address, and morning coffee and snack.

For more information, visit: wmmga.org, email gardensymposium123@gmail.com, or call 413-624-5137.