Trailmix for Feb. 19 to Feb. 25

Monday, February 19, 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.

Great Falls Discovery Center

Dinosaur Footprints in the Connecticut River Valley: From Feb. 17 to April 1, check out an exhibit about the 19th-century discovery of dinosaur footprints in the Connecticut River Valley and local people, like Dexter Marsh and Edward Hitchcock, who played starring roles in the story. Designed for fun family learning by Deerfield’s Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (PVMA), the space includes two simulated 19th century cabinets (precursors to today's museums), a “make your own collection” takeaway activity, dinosaur track reproductions and more. Opening event Saturday, Feb. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. Call 413-863-3221 to find out more.

Homeschool Science: Hands-on STEM: The Turners Falls Carnegie Library offers homeschool science on Wednesdays, with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math. This month young scientists are invited to take a field trip to the Great Falls Discovery Center. This week learn about porcupines. Registration requested to ensure that we have enough supplies for everyone. Please email Angela at: arovatti-leonard@cwmars.org or call 413 863-3214.

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. This week we will be discussing coyotes. Kidleidoscope is a free kid-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. Program recommended for ages 3 to 6 with a parent or guardian. For more information, call 413-863-3221.

Greening Greenfield

Nature Hike: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24. Join Ted Watt, naturalist with the Hitchcock Center for the Environment in Amherst, at the ridge-top blueberry barrens and surrounding forest at the Benson Place in Heath. We will explore the low bush blueberry farm to see what is happening in the world of nature. If there is snow, we will follow some animal trails and investigate their activities. Trails are flat with occasional slopes. Intended for adults and children over 9-years-old. The group is limited to 15, so make sure to register early. For more information or to register, contact Edie Heinemann at 773-465-1646 or emailediesh82346@gmail.com.

Grown in Westhampton

Hands-on Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop: 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24. Be sure to dress appropriately and if you have your own pruning tools, bring them along. Workshop meets at 66 Stage Road, Westhampton.

Mass Aggie Seminars

Pruning Grapes: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 24. Hands-on workshop led by Sonia Schloemann. Participants will have the opportunity to prune, gain experience and confidence in pruning and training grapes in order to produce a bountiful crop. We’ll learn about tool maintenance and sharpening, too.  Bring your own tools or use ours. This workshop will be partially outside, so please dress appropriately. $35. To learn more or register, visit: UMassGarden.com. Workshop will be held at UMass Cold Spring Orchard, 391 Sabin St., Belchertown.

Northfield Mountain

Wildlife in Winter: 1 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20. Join educator Laura Beltran for a family adventure exploring wildlife in winter. Games, activities and outdoor play will ensure a fun time for all ages, adults and children alike. Together, families will search for signs of wildlife on snowshoes (snow permitting) or on foot to discover what animals are active in Northfield’s fields and forests. If we are open for skiing, snowshoes are required. The program is free with your own snowshoes; snowshoe rental is $16 for adults, $10 for childred, with a maximum rental fee of $35 a family. Advance registration is required; call 800-859-2960 to reserve a spot.

Snowshoe Adventure by the Light of the Moon: 7 to 9:15 p.m., Friday, March 2. Join Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center staff and other nighttime adventurers for a snowshoe hike under the light of the moon. Invigorating evening exercise, group camaraderie and seasonal natural history will be shared during this nighttime adventure. Wear wind pants or gaiters if you have them, dress in warm layers that can be shed as we get moving and bring a water bottle to take on the trail. Warm, waterproof footwear is essential. All levels of experience are welcome for this moderately strenuous 2-mile outdoor adventure. Open to adults and anyone age 12 or older. Free with own snowshoes. Snowshoe rentals are $16 for adults, $10 for ages 12 to 14. Advance registration is required by calling 800-859-2960.

Attracting Pollinators to your Landscape: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 20. Learn about native bees and what steps we can take to create pollinator friendly landscaping, including providing food for bees and nesting opportunities to raise their young. Join Tom Sullivan from PollinatorsWelcome.com, for an evening filled with ideas and inspiration — from simple techniques to community practices focusing on connectivity. This free event is co-sponsored with the Athol Bird and Nature Club. There is no registration required. For more information, call 413-659-4462.