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Heading Outdoors

Learn to Row Day — Northampton Community Rowing sponsors free Learn to Row Day on Aug. 3, from 8 to 10:30 a.m., Hamp Crew boathouse, Old Springfield Rd., off of Route 10 (Fort or Olive Streets) in Northampton. For more information go to hampcrew.com.

 Mount Tom State Reservation — Free programs originating at the Stone House Visitors Center: Aug. 3: 9:30 to 11 a.m., First Women Nature Guides; 12 to 1:30 p.m., Summer Species (meet outside the Warming Hut). Aug. 4: 9:30 to 11 a.m., Early Birding; 12 to 1:30 p.m., Life Around Lake Bray (meet outside the Warming Hut). Aug. 5: 9:30 to 11 a.m., Early Birding; 12 to 1:30 p.m., Life Around Lake Bray (meet outside the Warming Hut). $2 parking. For more information call 534-1186.

Holyoke Range State Park — Free programs originating from the Notch Visitors Center, Route 116, South Amherst: Aug. 3: 10:30 a.m., Beginning Birding; 1 p.m., Let’s Explore Nature: Spiders and Their Webs; 2 p.m., Wildlife Program: Turkey Vultures. Aug. 4: 11 a.m., Nature Walk: Fantastic Ferns; 2 p.m., Scavenger Hunt. Aug. 5: 11 a.m., Kidleidescope: Insects (ages 3-6); 2 p.m., Explorer’s Club (ages 10-12). Aug. 6: 10:30 a.m., Nature Kids (ages 5-6); 1 p.m., Senior Hike. Aug. 8: 11 a.m., Junior Ranger (ages 9-12); 2 p.m., History Hike: Daniel Shays and the Horse Caves. For more information call 253-2883.

 Cycling for Seniors — All Out Adventures and Mass. Dept of Conservation and Recreation offer a 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

Wild and Scenic Geology Walk Along the Westfield River — Walk with geologist Mike Young on Aug. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Keystone Arch Bridges Trail, Chester. Meet Chester Railway Station 9 a.m. Call Meredyth Babcock at 623-2070 to sign up.

e_STnS Bryant Homestead Big Trees & Stories of Land Hike — Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center and The Trustees of Reservations sponsor hike on , Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead, 207 Bryant Road, Cummington. Fee: $5. For information call 684-0148 or email aimee@gaiaroots.com.

Adpaptive Kayaking — Mass. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation Universal Access Program holds adaptive kayaking program for people with disabilities, their families and friends on Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and on Aug. 7 and 14, from 9:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., DAR State Forest, Route 112, Goshen. Preregistration required; call 259-0009 or 584-2052.

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

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

 Bridge of Flowers 3K Walk and 10K Run — Community Resources for People with Autism sponsors 35th annual event on Aug. 10, Bridge of Flowers, Shelburne Falls. For information go to www.bridgeofflowers10k.com

 Grid Iron Grind 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Kids Fun Run — Easthampton Youth Football sponsors events Aug. 10, at 9 a.m., White Brook Middle School, 200 Park St., Easthampton. For information go to easthamptonyouthfootball.org.

 Carnivorous Plants & Wetland Plant/Tree ID Hike — Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center sponsors hike to Bog Pond in Savoy State Forest on Aug. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon. Free; donation accepted. For information call 684-0148 or email aimee@gaiaroots.com.

e_STnS Dynamite, Whiskey & Wood: Logging Tales on Board the Quinnetukut II — History cruise on the Connecticut River, Aug. 10 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Northfield Mountain Recreation Center, Route 63, Northfield. Fee: $12 adult; $11 senior; $6 child. Call to reserve: 800-859-2960.

 Wheels and Wine Biking Tour — Ride Noho sponsors wine, food and cycling event Aug. 17-18 for A, B and C level cyclists. For information call 596-6013 or ridenoho.com/winetour.html.

Berkshire Plateau “Drowned Lands” Watershed Backcountry Hike — Arcadia Wildlife Center sponsors hike at Tamarack Hollow in Windsor on Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Preregistration required; call 584-3009 or email arcadia@massaudubon.org. Free; donation accepted.

 Journey Through Lesbian Mecca — Two-hour walking tour covering the history of Northampton’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community on Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. All welcome. Limited to 30 people. Fee: $20 general, $10 seniors and low-income to benefit the Sexual Minorities Archives. For more information go to sexualminorities.archives@yahoo.com or call 584-7616.

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

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

 Summer Wildflower Walk — Hitchcock Center sponsors walk through 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.

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

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