Trail Mix listings for June 25, 2018

Monday, June 25, 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.

Northfield Mountain

Special Summer Spots Hike: July 6, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Participants will meet in Turners Falls and explore unmarked trails to some truly scenic locations along the river. Bring a bag supper to dine along this rocky section of the river with other lovers of the natural world. Advance registration is required by calling 800-859-2960. Appropriate for ages 12 and older. Free.

“Fire and Ice”: Richard Little Geology Cruise: July 14, 1:15 and 3 p.m. This relaxing riverboat cruise on the Connecticut River will be filled with tales of drifting continents, earthquakes, dinosaurs, glaciers, Lake Hitchcock, and the strange origin of deep riverbed holes; all are part of the creation of our idyllic Pioneer Valley. Reserve your seats early. Book online at www.bookeo.com/northfield or call 800- 859-2960.

Paddle with a Purpose: July 19, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Water chestnut is an invasive plant that is wreaking havoc on native species and interfering with recreation on our rivers. Participants will hand-pull the plants, which pull up easily. Meet at the Barton Cove Canoe and Kayak Rental Office in Gill. Bring work gloves that can get wet. This free event is appropriate for ages 10 and older. Registration is required by calling 800-859-2960.

A Look Back in Time: July 21, noon to 3 p.m. Visit Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center for “First Contact,” an outdoor program offered by members of the Elnu Band of the Abenaki Tribe, and local Native American and non-Native experts. Free.

Children’s Riverboat Cruise: July 28, 11 a.m. to noon. Celebrate summer and the river with a children’s cruise on board the Heritage Riverboat. These cruises are the perfect length for children to get a taste of the river, heading downstream through the scenic French King Gorge. Travel beneath the French King Bridge, towering 140 feet above the boat, cruise alongside rocky cliffs, meet the captain and enjoy an outing on the beautiful Connecticut River.

Historic Deerfield

For more information, including complete schedules and registration, visit historic-deerfield.org or contact Julie Orvis, special events coordinator, at 413-775-7127 or jorvis@historic-deerfield.org.

“Deerfield Bicycle Tour: The River Rolls Through It”: June 24 to 29, and Aug. 12 to 17. Participants will travel the scenic byways and quiet back roads to some of the Connecticut River Valley’s vibrant and charming communities while learning about the natural, historic and cultural distinctions of Massachusetts.

Department of Conservation and Recreation

Kayaking: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, July 9, 16, 23 and 30 and Aug. 20; and 9:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Wednesdays, July 11, 18 and 25, and Aug. 1, 8, 15 and 22. Hour-long paddles at the Daughters of the American Revolution State Forest, 78 Cape St., Goshen. Registration is required by calling 413-259-0009 for Monday sessions, and 413-584-2052 for Wednesday sessions.

Adaptive Cycling: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays, June 29, July 6, 13 and 20, and Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. Explore a wide variety of adaptive bikes for adults and children, including hand cycles, trikes, tandems and recumbent bikes. $3. Registration is required by calling 413-584-2052 or emailing info@alloutadventures.org.

Notch Visitor Center and Holyoke Range State Park

Birding for Explorers: June 29 and 30, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Suitable for adults and families with children ages 10 and older. Explore birds and enjoy the process of learning. Listen, watch, sketch or journal on this innovative program. This is a beginner to intermediate program and an easy walk around the main building. Meet inside the Visitor Center. Wear sturdy boots or shoes, and bring water, insect repellant and binoculars if you have them. In case of rain, please call to confirm.