Trail Mix listings for Dec. 24, 2018

Published: 12/24/2018 6:00:07 AM

Editor’s Note: Listings in Trail Mix are free. Email: The deadline is Thursday by noon. Questions? Call 413-772-0261, ext. 276. Weather may cancel or force the rescheduling of some of these events.

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. Kidleidoscope is a free child-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. Upcoming topics include winter birds on Dec. 28. For ages 3 to 6. For more information, call 413-863-3221.

First Day Hike: Tuesday, Jan. 1, 1 to 3 p.m. Sign in at the Great Hall at 1 p.m. for a leisurely two-mile stroll down the Canalside Rail Trail. This family friendly hike follows a gentle route and provides an opportunity to discover abundant natural, historical and cultural features. Be prepared for cold weather; dress in layers and wear winter boots. Dogs are welcome on leashes. Afterward, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate in the Great Hall.

Northfield Mountain

Winter Trails Day: Saturday, Jan. 5, 1 to 4 p.m., if snow conditions permit. Older children and adults get the chance to try snowshoeing and cross-country skiing for free. Part of a nationwide event involving nearly 100 locations and 11,000 adults and children. Clinics for first-time skiers start at 1, 2 and 3 p.m., and last for 45 minutes. Thirty-minute clinics are offered at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Participants must be new to the sport and arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled start time to sign in and pick up the necessary equipment. Advance registration is required by calling 800-859-2960.

“A Murder of Crows”: Tuesday, Jan. 8, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Join Patti Steinman, education coordinator for Mass Audubon’s Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries, for an illustrated presentation focusing on crows and their relatives. Learn about crows’ natural history, their unique intelligence and fascinating roosting behavior where they can congregate by the thousands. Free. Call 800-859-2960 with questions.

Wolf Moon Snowshoe Adventure: Saturday, Jan. 19, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Join other nighttime adventurers for a snowshoe hike under January’s full moon, called the Wolf Moon or Snow Moon. Natural history of the night, quotes and moon lore will be shared during this 2-mile hike. Ends with a hot drink and snacks by the wood stove. Wear wind pants or gaiters if you have them, dress in warm layers that can be easily shed and bring a water bottle. Warm, waterproof footwear is essential. All levels of experience are welcome for this moderately strenuous hike. Suitable for adults and teens ages 13 and up. Free with your own snowshoes and $16 with snowshoe rental. Advance registration is required by calling 800-859-2960.

Winter Wildlife Tracking with Dave Brown: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Join author and expert tracker Dave Brown, for an illustrated presentation on wildlife tracking in winter. Learn about the tracks, trails and signs of mammals and birds found in New England. Many species will be discussed including bears, bobcats, foxes and coyotes. Suitable for adults and teens ages 13 and up. Free.

Athol Bird and Nature Club

2019 Calendar Available: The calendar, which was printed by Athol’s Highland Press, showcases photos from the North Quabbin region taken by club members. It also features nature notes with local information about bird migration, wildflowers, meteor showers, and other outdoors and wildlife information, as well as nature trivia and fun facts. The calendar is available at: Trailhead Outfitters and General Store, Quabbin Harvest and Mount Tully Kennels in Orange; Flowerland, Cornerstone Insurance, MacMannis Florist, North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce, Déjà Vu and North Quabbin Community Coalition, all in Athol; New Salem General Store in New Salem; Red Apple Farm in Phillipston; Country Kitchen in Templeton; Petersham Craft Center and Harvard Forest in Petersham; Hardwick Farmers Cooperative Exchange in Gilbertsville; Wendell Country Store in Wendell; Connecticut River Liquors in Turners Falls; and The Wine Rack and Ruggeri’s Discount Beverage and Redemption Center in Greenfield. For more information and online orders, visit

Overwatch Outpost

NRA Home Firearms Safety Class: Saturday, Jan. 5, 9 a.m. at Cold River Café, 31A Main St. in Charlemont. This class, which is required to get a firearms identification card or license to carry, is expected to last four hours. The cost of $90 per student includes all materials. Space is limited to 20 students and advance registration is required. Call 413-339-8800 or visit Overwatch Outpost at 97 Main St. in Charlemont to sign up.

Hitchcock Center for the Environment

Homeschool Discovery Days: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on one Tuesday each month. Explore science and nature topics with Katie Koerten and Jeff Mazur, meet science experts and sometimes go on field trips. Upcoming topics include Animal tracks and signs on Jan. 15, ecoquest on Feb. 5, the life of a tree on March 5, composting with worms on April 2, mountains and valleys on May 7, and life in a pond on June 11. Designed as a drop-off program for children ages 6 to 12. Limited to 12 participants per program. Register at $45 to $55.

Winter Preschool Days: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 11, Jan. 25 and Feb. 15. Topics are animals getting ready for winter on Jan. 11, signs of animals on Jan. 25, and ice and snow on Feb. 15. Come prepared for winter outdoor exploration. Register at $20 to $25, or $55 to $70 for all three sessions.

Greenfield Recorder

14 Hope Street
Greenfield, MA 01302-1367
Phone: (413) 772-0261
Fax: (413) 772-2906


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