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Heading Outdoors

Cycling for Seniors — All Out Adventures and Mass. Dept of Conservation and Recreation offer programs on the Norwottuck Rail Trail in Hadley for ages 60 and up on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays. Fee: $5. For information call 584-2052 or email info@alloutadventures.

Arcadia Water Chestnut Removal — Removal of water chestnut from Arcadia Lake via canoe takes place July 13 from 9 a.m. to noon, Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Road, Easthampton. Preregistration required; call 584-3009 or email www.arcadia@massaudubon.org.

Plant Lore Ramble — A walk with naturalist Kim Noyes takes place July 13 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Northfield Mountain Recreation Center, Route 63, Northfield. Free. Preregistration required; call 800-859-2960.

Holyoke Range State Park — Free programs originating from the Notch Visitors Center, Route 116, South Amherst: July 13: 10:30 a.m., Beginning Birding; 1 p.m., Let’s Explore Nature: Tracking the Wild Things.; 2 p.m., Geology Hike. July 14: 11 a.m., Frogs, Salamanders and Vernal Pools; 2 p.m., Family Hike: Nature B-I-N-G-O. July 15: 2 p.m., Explorer’s Club (ages 10-12). July 16: 10:30 a.m., Nature Kids (ages 5-6);1 p.m., Senior Hike. 253-2883.

Fitzgerald Lake Water Chestnut Removal — Broad Brook Coalition sponsors canoe and kayak removal of water chestnut plants July 14 at 1 p.m., Fitzgerald Lake, Northampton. For information contact Bruce Hart at 584-4176 or email bhart2000@aol.com.

Granby Walkers Group — 30-minute walks depart from the Granby Library parking lot on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. For information contact Kate Mercier, kcmercier@comcast.net.

Northampton Cross-Country Races — 5K races starting and ending at Northampton Community Gardens, Burts Pit Road, Northampton are Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Registration starts at 5:45 p.m. Fee: $5 adults; under 18 free.

Dinosaurs and the Geology of the Mount Tom Range — Kestrel Land Trust sponsors hike with geologist Richard Little on July 20 from 9 to 11 a.m., Little Tom Mountain, Mountain Park Road off Route 5 (I-91 overpass), Holyoke. Preregistration required; call 549-1097 or email office@kestreltrust.org.

Summer Wildflower Walk — Hitchcock Center sponsors a walk on Bare Mountain in Amherst with naturalist Nancy Goodman on July 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fee: $20. Preregistration required; call 256-6006.

Walking Tour of the Underground Railroad — Walking tour of seven sites related to the UGRR in Florence, July 20 at 10 a.m., Sojourner Truth Memorial, corner of Park and Pine Streets, Florence. For information contact stevestrimer@gmail.com.

Wildlife on Board the Quinnetukut II — Natural history cruise on the Connecticut River on July 20, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Northfield Mountain Recreation Center, Route 63, Northfield. $12 adult; $11 senior; $6 child. To reserve a space, call (800)859-2960.

Sunset Moonrise Paddle — An evening paddle with naturalist Kim Noyes takes place July 21 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., Northfield Mountain Recreation Center, Route 63, Northfield. Ages 16 and older. Free with own kayak; $25 with rental. Call to reserve a space, (800)859-2960.

Biking for Buddies — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County hosts a benefit bike and festivities, July 28 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Northfield Mount Hermon School, Gill. 10, 25 and 50 mile routes. For information go to www.bikereg.com/19389 or call 772-0915.

Items for Heading Outdoors may be emailed to calendar@gazettenet.com, faxed to 585-5299, or mailed to the Daily Hampshire Gazette at 115 Conz St., Northampton, Ma. 01060.

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