Trail Mix listings for Sept. 10, 2018

  • Take a stroll along the Canalside Rail Trail in Turners Falls during the Canal Drawdown and Powertown History Stroll on Sept. 21. Contributed photo/Beth Pelton

Published: 9/10/2018 5:59:51 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. Upcoming topics include river otters on Sept. 14, bobcats on Sept. 21 and moose on Sept. 28. 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.

Canal Drawdown and Powertown History Stroll: Sept. 21, 5 to 7 p.m. Take a stroll back in time along the Canalside Rail Trail during the annual water drawdown of the canal. Discover rich industrial history with local historian Ed Gregory, the Department of Conservation and Rrecreation’s Janel Nockleby and Northfield Mountain’s Kim Noyes. Wear walking shoes and meet at the entrance of the center for this two-mile walk on flat terrain. Free. Register at 800-859-2960.

Connecticut River Conservancy

Source to Sea Cleanup: Sept. 29, various times and locations. The annual fall trash cleanup of the Connecticut River includes rivers, streams, parks and trails. All ages and abilities can volunteer at places of their choice along the four-state watershed. Starts at the Greenfield Swimming Area on Nash’s Mill Road at 9 a.m. with a quick sign-in, snack and safety talk. Volunteers with trucks who can work after lunch to haul and sort collected trash are especially needed, but no special vehicle is needed to join the cleanup. Clean up on foot or by boat. Weekday cleanups can also be scheduled for interested school groups the week before Sept. 29. Pre- and post-cleanup events include food, live music and even river-themed brews. To learn more and to sign-up, visit, call 413-772-2020, ext. 211.

Northfield Mountain

Great River Challenge Off-Road Triathlon: Sept. 30, 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Paddle 5 miles on the river, run a 4-mile course on trails, followed by a 7-mile bike to the summit and a descent to the finish line. Sanctioned by USAT (USA Triathlon) in the non-traditional category. Northfield Mountain’s trails and river frontage provide a scenic backdrop for this challenging course. Options include solo, two-, three- and four-person teams, as well as recreational, family and junior categories. Benefits the Northfield Kiwanis Club’s scholarship fund. Visit to register and for more information.


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