Trail Mix listings for Feb. 4, 2019

Published: 2/4/2019 6:00:06 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. Upcoming topics include rabbits on Feb. 8, porcupines on Feb. 15 and snakes on Feb. 22. Each topic includes a story, interactive activities and a craft to introduce you and your child to the natural world. For ages 3 to 6. For more information, call 413-863-3221.

Half Day Discovery Day: Winter Survival: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 1 to 2 p.m. During their half day off from school, Gill-Montague Regional School District students can join members of the Student Conservation Association for a fun-filled hour of winter survival. Learn how our furry friends make it through harsh winters. For ages 6 to 12, accompanied by an adult, but all are welcome. Includes stories, games and crafts.

“Who Do You Love? Valentines for Wildlife”: All day on Feb. 10, 13 and 14. Stop by the Welcome Desk to make valentines to give to the ones you love, keep for yourself or give to your favorite wildlife biologist — all in honor of your favorite animal. Also learn about your favorite animal’s habitat and how to help protect it. For all ages.

“Who is Our Neighbor?”: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 5:30 p.m. potluck, 6:15 p.m. program. Part of the Interfaith Council of Franklin County’s monthly gathering, this time focusing on our non-human neighbors. Who are the species who live among us, what are their challenges and needs, and how may we proactively affect their well-being?

“Get in Touch with Winter, and Not Get (Too) Cold”: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Meet the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Environmental Educator Gini Traub in the Great Hall for a hands-on family program of experiments and demonstrations that consider what hibernation is and which animals hibernate in winter. See and feel how wildlife copes with cold, snow and wind. Weather permitting, the program may include outdoor investigation.

Discovering Trees: Thursday, Feb. 21, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Join Student Conservation Association service members in the Great Hall to rediscover the magic of trees and take home some reminders of what trees mean to us. Bring weatherproof clothes and shoes.

Northfield Mountain

“Stoke the Fire Within!”: Saturday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Janice Doubleday, certified yoga instructor and avid hiker, and Northfield Mountain’s Kim Noyes, will lead a new winter program of yoga and winter activities. Dress in warm layers that can be easily removed and wear warm, waterproof footwear. Bring water and, if available, poles for hiking and a yoga mat. If Northfield Mountain is open for skiing, snowshoes are required. Appropriate for ages 16 and up. $5 with your own snowshoes; $21 if you need to rent. Advance registration is required by calling 800-859-2960.

Winter Wildlife Detectives: Saturday, Feb. 23, 1 to 3 p.m. Join educator Kathy Richards for an outdoor adventure exploring wildlife in winter. Using detective skills, learn how to read the stories written upon the forest floor. Discover what animals are active in Northfield’s fields and forests. If Northfield Mountain is open for skiing, snowshoes are required. Suitable for ages 6 and up. Free with your own snowshoes; $10 with snowshoe rental ($30 maximum per family). Advance registration is required by calling 800-859-2960.

Wendell State Forest

All Out Adventures: Feb. 9, 16 and 23, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Enjoy outdoor ice skating, gentle sled hockey, cross-country skiing, sit-skiing, snowshoeing, kicksledding and snowmobile rides, as weather conditions permit. Bring a lunch. Free, but advance registration is required by calling 413-577-3840 or emailing

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 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.

Second Saturday Family Science Series: 10 to 11 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month. Designed for children with their parents, these programs will explore cool topics in nature. Upcoming topics include tracks, traces and trails on Feb. 9, wind and air on March 9, sounds of spring on April 13 and ladybugs on May 11. Free, but registration is encouraged at Groups of six or more should call ahead at 413-256-6006.

Greenfield Recorder

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


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