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 Cycling for Seniors — All Out Adventures and the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation offer program 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.

 Catamount Hills Hike — Deerfield River Watershed Association sponsors a hike in Colrain with Catamount historian Muriel Russell and rock expert Ed Gregory on Aug. 24. Meet at the West Branch Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. Preregistration is required; call Muriel Russell at 624-3311.

 Invasive Plant Control at Arcadia — Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary sponsors removal of purple loosetrife on Arcadia Lake on Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton. Preregistration not required; free. For more information call 584-3009 or email arcadia@massaudubon.org.

e_STnS Explore the Connecticut River — The Kestrel Trust sponsors kayak/canoe outing with Wendy and John Sinton, authors of “The Connecticut River Boating Guide,” on Aug. 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. Bring own kayak or canoe or rent for $25/$30. Preregistration is required. Email office@kestreltrust.org or call 549-1097.

e_STnS Mount Tom State Reservation — Free programs ($2 parking fee) at 125 Reservation Road, Holyoke: Aug. 24: 9:30 to 11 a.m., First Women Rangers (meet at Visitors Center); 12 to 1:30 p.m., Summer Species (meet at Warming Hut). Aug. 25: 9:30 to 11 a.m., Early Birding (meet at the Warming Hut); 12 to 1:30 p.m., Life Around Bray Lake (meet at Warming Hut). Aug. 26: Early Birding (meet at the Warming Hut); 12 to 1:30 p.m., Summer Species (meet at Warming Hut). For more information call 534-1186.

e_STnS Summer Wildflower Walk — The Hitchcock Center sponsors a walk through the Poduck Swamp in Amherst with naturalist Nancy Goodman on Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fee: $20. Preregistration required; call 256-6006.

 Holyoke Range State Park — Free programs originating from the Notch Visitors Center, Route 116, South Amherst: Aug. 24: 10:30 a.m., Beginning Birding; 1 p.m., Let’s Explore Nature: Dragonflies, Helicopters of the Insect World; 2 p.m., Wildlife Program: Amphibians and Reptiles. Aug. 26: 2 p.m., Explorer’s Club (ages 10-12). Aug. 27: 10:30 a.m., Trail Kids (ages 7-9); 1 p.m., Senior Hike. For more information call 253-2883.

e_STnS Granby Walkers Group — 30-minute walks departing from the Granby Library parking lot take place Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. For more information contact Kate Mercier at kcmercier@comcast.net.

e_STnS Northampton Cross-Country Races — 5K races starting and ending at the Northampton Community Gardens, Burts Pit Road, Northampton take place Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Registration starts at 5:45 p.m. Fee: $5 adults; under 18 free. For more information contact Don Grant at 584-7725.

e_STnS Sunset on the Mountain — Three-mile, end-of-summer hike takes place Aug. 30, from 6 to 9 p.m., Northfield Mountain Recreation Center, Route 63, Northfield. Bring trail picnic, water, flashlight. Free. Preregistration is required; call 800-859-2960.

e_STnS Tamarack Hollow Volunteer Trail Work Days — Trail blazing at Tamarack Hollow in Windsor takes place Aug. 31 at 8 a.m. For more information call 684-0148 or email aimee@gaiaroots.com.

 Ride Noho 10,000 Foot Century Weekend — Ride Noho sponsors 100-mile bike rides on Sept. 7 and 8. There will be an A-paced group and B-paced group. For more information go to ridenoho.com or call 586-6013.

e_STnS Saturday Morning Bird Walk — Takes place Sept. 7, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton. Fee: $5. Preregistration is required; call 584-3009 or email arcadia@massaudubon.org.

 Monarch Tagging — Tagging of migrating monarch butterflies will be Sept. 7, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Northfield Mountain Recreation Center, Route 63, Northfield. Free. For more information call 800-859-2960.

e_STnS HCC Foundation Golf Classic — The 26th annual golf tournament to benefit Holyoke Community College takes place Sept. 9, 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., at the Springfield Country Club, 1375 Elm St., West Springfield. Fee: $150-$175 includes breakfast, lunch. For more information go to www.hcc.edu/golf.

e_STnS Monarch Butterfly Tagging — Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. and Sept. 15 at 2 p.m., at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 525 S. Pleasant St., Amherst. Free. For more information call 256-6006.

e_STnS Fall Warblers — Hitchcock Center sponsors evening class and field walk with Scott Surner on Sept. 18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and Sept. 21 from 7 a.m. to noon. Fee: $35. Preregistration required; call 256-6006.

e_STnS Wild Edibles: Weed ‘em and Reap — Edible plant foraging with Blanche Derby takes place Sept. 21 from 1 to 3 p.m., Northfield Mountain Recreation Center, Route 63, Northfield. Free. Preregistration required; call 800- 859-2960.

e_STnS Autumnal Equinox Bird Walk at Quabbin — Hitchcock Center sponsors a walk with naturalist John Green on Sept. 22 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Quabbin Visitors Center, off Route 9, Belchertown. Fee: $20. Preregistration required; call 256-6006.

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