Trail Mix listings for Jan. 28, 2019

Published: 1/28/2019 6:01:03 AM

Editor’s Note: Listings in Trail Mix are free. Email: outdoor@recorder.com. 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. For ages 3 to 6. For more information, call 413-863-3221.

Northfield Mountain

Snowshoe Ramble: Porcupines and Stone Quarries: Saturday, Feb. 2, 1 to 3:30 p.m. On this snowshoe ramble with Kim Noyes, explore animal tracks, porcupine signs and an abandoned 19th-century stone quarry. This moderately strenuous hike is approximately 1½ miles long with an elevation gain of 300 feet. Bring water and snacks, wear wind pants or gaiters and dress in warm layers that can be easily removed. Warm, waterproof footwear is essential. All levels of experience are welcome. If the snow is insufficient for snowshoeing, the program will take place on foot. Appropriate for ages 10 and up. Free with your own snowshoes; snowshoe rentals are $16. Advance registration is required by calling 800-859-2960.

“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.

Greenfield Center School

“Wild Life!”: Sunday, Feb. 3, noon to 4 p.m. An afternoon of animal and nature-based activities. Participate in a family hike in Temple Woods behind the school campus, 71 Montague City Road in Greenfield, with outdoors experts from Venture Out. Meet a collection of special rescued animals, including a lynx, lemur, pearl fox and paca, from 2 to 3. Then watch a screening of “Mother Nature’s Child: Growing Outdoors in the Media Age.” All classrooms will be open and teachers will be leading activities for children ages 2 to 13. Light refreshments available. Visit centerschool.net for a full schedule. Call 413-773-1700 or email admissions@centerschool.net for more information.

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

Tracking Workshop: Saturday, Feb. 2, 9 a.m. to noon at Skyfields Arboretum, 1461 Old Keene Road in Athol. Join tracking expert Paul Wanta for a morning of exploration and observation. Learn to spot, interpret and track a wide array of wildlife signs including deer, rabbit, porcupine and more. All skill levels welcome. Free for Mount Grace members; $10 for non-members. Space is limited. Register online by visiting mountgrace.org.

Dawndale Farm Wildlife

Becoming a Wildlife Rehabilitator: A seminar consisting of two consecutive Saturday sessions, Feb. 2 and Feb. 9, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Learn how to be a wildlife rehabilitator and what you need to know to pass the state exam to get your permit. The seminar, which costs $180, will be held at Tufts Wildlife Clinic, 50 Willard St. in North Grafton. Register online via Dawndale Farm Wildlife’s Facebook page, or call 413-834-5733 for more information.

Wendell State Forest

All Out Adventures: Feb. 2, 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 jackie.brown@mass.gov.

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 snowflakes and crystals on Jan. 29, 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 bit.ly/2ECwLQF. $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 bit.ly/2zof6XW. Groups of six or more should call ahead at 413-256-6006.


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