Trail Mix listings for March 19, 2018

Monday, March 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 and dinosaur track reproductions. Call 413-863-3221 for more information.

Kidleidoscope Fridays: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Upcoming topics include ducks on April 13, bobcats on April 20 and “Who Lives in a Tree?” on April 27. 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.

Northfield Mountain

Attracting Pollinators to Your Landscape: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 20. Celebrate the first day of spring with this illustrated evening program led by Tom Sullivan of PollinatorsWelcome.com and co-sponsored by the Athol Bird and Nature Club. Learn about transforming gardens and landscapes into native bee habitats, and steps to create pollinator-friendly landscaping, including providing food for bees and nesting opportunities to raise their young. Free. No registration is required.

Warbler Madness: 5 to 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, April 10. Join David Brown, an interpretive naturalist and wildlife videographer, along with the Northfield Bird Club for a refresher on Massachusetts’ warblers before their return from southern wintering grounds. “Warbler Madness” contains video footage of migrant and resident wood warblers along with many of their songs. Suitable for teens and adults. Free.

Gnome and Fairy Fun: 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 14. Read fairy stories, play games, make a flower gnome or fairy, and build woodland homes for the fairy folk while being immersed in the natural world near the mouth of the Millers and Connecticut rivers. Appropriate for ages 3 and up. Free. Pre-registration is required by calling 800-859-2960. Directions to the program will be sent to registered participants.

Reading the Forested Landscape: 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 28. Learn from forest ecologist Tom Wessels how to use clues such as the shapes of trees, scars on their trunks, the pattern of decay in stumps, the construction of stone walls, and the lay of the land to unravel complex stories etched into the forested landscape. Begins indoors with a presentation and continues outside. Suitable for teens and adults. $27 for both the indoor and outdoor sessions, $10 for the indoor session only. Pre-registration is required by calling 800-859-2960.