Trail Mix for Feb. 5 to 11, 2018

Monday, February 05, 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 river otters. 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 beavers. 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.

Valentines for Wildlife: Noon to 3 p.m., Feb. 11. Stop by the Great Hall to make Valentines to give to the ones you love, keep for yourself, or give to your favorite wildlife biologist — all in honor of your favorite animal. Learn about your favorite animal’s habitat and how to help protect it.

Dinosaur Story Hour: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Feb. 24. A story hour with crafts and activities focusing on dinosaurs. Intended for 4 to 8, with a parent or guardian. Friends and siblings welcome.

Northfield Mountain

Stoke the Fire Within: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10. Cultivate warmth from within as we join for yoga and winter activities in the forested landscape of Northfield Mountain. Relax and warm up with hiking or snowshoeing along the trails as we strengthen our connection to the natural world. Gentle stretching and outdoor standing poses will be supported by the added stability of snowshoes or boots. Led by Janice Doubleday. Dress in warm layers that can be shed as we get moving and wear warm, waterproof footwear. Bring water and, if available, poles for hiking and a yoga mat for a quiet, indoor conclusion. If we are open for skiing, snowshoes are required. There is a $10 program fee with your own snowshoes, and $26 with snowshoe rentals. Appropriate for ages 16 and older. Advance registration is required for this event; call 800-859-2960 to reserve a spot.

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.

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.

Social Gathering: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 27. Join us for an evening of community and sharing at the Westhampton Library. All are welcome. Come to chat, get inspired, and discuss new projects for the year ahead.

Mount Tom State Reservation

Guided Hike on the Healthy Heart Trail: 1 to 2:30 p.m., Feb. 17. This two-mile, moderate-pace guided hike is on rolling hills in the Bray Valley. Please wear warm boots and layers; bring water and snack. Ice creepers and hiking poles may be helpful. Recommended for adults accustomed to winter hiking. Meet at the Bray Lake Warming Hut, Mt. Tom State Reservation, 125 Reservation Road, Holyoke. Severe cold, inclement weather or recent snow may cancel the program. Call 617-699-2387for more information. This free program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Signs of the Season - Guided Family Program: 1 to 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 25. Investigate winter's end and spring's earliest signs with indoor activities and outdoor exploration. For families with children ages 4 to 10 and the young-at-heart. Please wear warm boots, layers and bring your curiosity. Meet in the Bray Lake Warming Hut, Mt. Tom State Reservation, 125 Reservation Road, Holyoke. Call 617-699-2387 for more information. This free program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.