Trail Mix for week of Jan. 22, 2018

Monday, January 22, 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

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. This week we will be discussing porcupines. 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.

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

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.