Trail Mix, week of Feb. 13

Sunday, February 12, 2017

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.

Great Falls Discovery Center

The Nolumbeka Project presents “William Apess, Standing Rock, and the 1833 Mashpee Resistance” with Prof. Drew Lopenzina, who teaches early American and Native American literatures at Old Dominion University in Virginia, at Great Falls Discovery Center, Avenue A in Turners Falls on Saturday at 1 p.m. His recently published second book, “Through an Indian’s Looking Glass,” is a cultural biography of the Pequot activist and minister, Apess, who was born in Colrain. The event is free and open to the public.

Great Falls Discovery Center will be open Saturday, Feb. 18, through Sunday, Feb. 26, for school vacation week. On Saturday through Monday, the theme will be mammal adaptations; on Feb. 21 through 23, the topic will be indoor birding; and on Feb. 24 through 26, the theme will be dinosaurs.

Mass Audubon Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

There will be a Nature Preschool Open House at the wildlife sanctuary at 127 Coombs Road in Easthampton on Feb. 28 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The snow date is March 2. Learn about Arcadia’s nature program. Registration is not required. For more information, call 413-584-3009.

February Vacation Days at Arcadia, 127 Coombs Road in Easthampton, will be held Feb. 21 through Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You may register for as many days as you like. Suitable for children ages 5 to 12. $52 for members and $60 for nonmembers. Children will explore the natural world during school vacation. Each day will begin with games, followed by a morning circle that will introduce the themes. Much of each day will be spent outdoors searching for animal tracks and signs, watching birds and learning about winter adaptations. We will solve a daily nature mystery and riddle. Refunds provided only if you cancel at least one week prior to the program. Children should dress to be outdoors for much of the day. Bring a lunch, snack and water. Registration is required by calling 413-584-3009.


Her Wild Roots will present Animal Tracking and Sign for Women on Saturday, March 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $75. Do you wonder what animals walked, hopped or bounded across your snow-covered yard during the night? Or, what animals have been browsing, gnawing or nipping their favorite twigs and trees? Spend a day outside to explore the fields and forests of Earthlands in Petersham. Animal tracking basics will be covered, and we’ll look for signs of activity. Nature will be our teacher. Activity level is moderate, not strenuous. Participants should carry a small pack with water, lunch and extra layers of warm clothing. For more information and to register, visit: www.herwildroots.com