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Winter Wildlife Tracking snowshoe / hike

January 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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A cross country skier in a spruce forest at the Notchview Reservation in Windsor. Courtesy of The Trustees of Reservations.
Photo by J. Monkman

The Trustees of Reservations will lead a Winter Wildlife Tracking and Tree Identification trek through the spruce-fir forest at the Notchview Reservation — a round-trip 2-mile trek on the Hume Brook Trail with naturalist and Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center director Aimee Gelinas. Learn how to identify wildlife tracks, signs of wildlife, spruce-fir forest ecology and tree ID along the way. The program will set off as a snowshoe or hike depending on weather and terrain, and snowshoes are included. The Trustees asks families to get there 30 minutes early, so you’ll have time to get set up.

If a program is canceled due to severe weather, low enrollment, or other circumstances, they will notify you as soon as possible by email and issue you a full refund or transfer. If you cannot attend a program as planned, contact Notchview seven days before the start of the program to receive a full refund. They can’t grant a refund for cancellations less than a week before the start of the program, and they may change program locations, schedules or instructors when they have to.

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What to Wear in the Winter?

“The key is to wear just enough to avoid getting cold without winding up overheating on the first hill,” The Trustees say. “Unless you’re doing a lot of standing around, you likely don’t need more than two layers each on your top and bottom.”

The Trustees suggest a moisture-wicking base layer that covers all skin, a cross-country jacket, lightweight, stretchy, slightly wind blocking and moisture resistant, with pockets for snacks, pants that are light and breathable- typically made of a stretchy soft-shell material so that they’ll wick moisture and move with you, a neck gaiter, hat and gloves, and lightweight socks that rise above your ankles to keep out snow. They also suggest a soft day pack to carry a lunch, water and extra clothing while keeping your hands free.

In the coronavirus pandemic, the Trustees say they are making safety a high priority during these challenging times. For visitor safety, the Budd Visitor Center will be closed to the public on weekends — it may open on slower weekdays may be open. Visitors will need to wear masks indoors. Snacks are available for purchase at walk-up windows, and there are porta Potties. Equipment Rentals are available, and they often run out on weekends, the Trustees say, so it can help to come early.

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Event Details

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Date:
January 17
Time:
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Event Categories:
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Event Location

Notchview
83 Old Rte 9
Dalton, MA
413.684.0148

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