Trail Mix listings for June 4, 2018

Monday, June 04, 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.

Connecticut River

Annual River Celebration. Saturday, June 16. The family-friendly event will be held at the Retreat Farm in Brattleboro, Vt. River Celebration is your chance to get outside for a day of river adventure, learning and community building. Choose from a variety of fun morning excursions including a pontoon cruise on the Connecticut River, a paddling adventure in the Meadows, a freshwater mussel ecology workshop, a fly casting workshop and more. Enjoy live music by River Rhapsody and lunch by Tito’s Taqueria and Vermont Country Deli. Additional activities include a childrens-only ice cream making workshop and several demonstrations open all day: a stream table, a soil infiltration table, a water quality testing station and more. Retreat Farm features a Children’s Farm and encompasses 500 acres of conserved forest, farmlands, trails, waterways and an historic farmstead. Tickets are $15 and children under 12 are free. Please register at www.ctriver.org/celebration or by contacting Stacey Lennard at 413-772-2020, ext 211.

Northfield Mountain

“Tree ID Using Bark and Habitat Clues”: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 16. Join naturalist Nancy Goodman to take a close look at trees and other botanical wonders. Become familiar with the characteristic bark of different trees, as well as identification from leaves and other clues. Bring binoculars, water, a trail snack, sturdy walking shoes and the book “Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast” by Michael Wojtech, if you have a copy. The free program will be held at Northfield’s Riverview Picnic Area. Meet in the parking area, 100 Ferry Road, at 10 a.m. Appropriate for ages 16 and older. Preregistration is required by calling 800-859-2960.

“Summer Solstice Paddle”: 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., Thursday, June 21. During this evening paddle at Barton Cove, explore some of the solstice celebrations from around the world, as well as the rich history and natural history of Barton Cove. Appropriate for both beginning and experienced paddlers, and for ages 16 and older. Tandem kayaks available. Please bring a snack or picnic supper. This event is free with your own kayak, $25 with kayak rental. Pre-registration is required by calling 800-859-2960.

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

Turtle Nesting Habitat Prep Work Day: 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 9. 97 South St., Petersham. Trail clearing of a potential wood turtle nesting site. Learn from Bill Corey about his work managing potential wood turtle nesting sites. Lunch included. If you plan to attend, contact KimLynn Nguyen at 978-248-2055, ext. 14 or service_americorps@mountgrace.org.

Mass Audubon

Eastern Meadowlark Survey: Mass Audubon launched a multi-year citizen science project to study Eastern Meadowlarks. The project aims to collect presence-absence data about the birds at randomly selected sites throughout Massachusetts until June 15. To learn more, visit bit.ly/2yg89ZY or email birdconservation@massaudubon.org.

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 15, 22 and 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.

Hiking: June 6 at Robinson State Park in Feeding Hills, and Oct. 4 at Mount Tom State Reservation. Assistive equipment, such as the Terra Trek mountain wheelchair, GRIT Freedom Chair and all-terrain walkers unite people of all abilities. Bring a lunch and enjoy activities like scavenger hunts, nature activities and letterboxing. $3 per person, $12 for families, $25 for groups. Registration is required by calling 413-259-0009.

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.

“The River, Drifting Continents, Dinosaurs and a Glacial Lake: Understanding the Stories Preserved in Our Rocks and Landscapes”: July 16 to 20. Participants will learn the stories of the Connecticut River Valley’s landscape and how its natural history impacted life in the region through a series of lectures and field trips to locations including the French King Bridge in Erving, the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls, Dinosaur Footprints in Holyoke and more.