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Heading Outdoors

 Holyoke Range State Park — Free programs originating from the Notch Visitors Center, Route 116, South Amherst: July 20: 10:30 a.m., Beginning Birding; 1 p.m., Let’s Explore Nature: Impressions of Time; 2 p.m., Geology Hike. July 21: 11 a.m., Wildlife Program: Beavers; 2 p.m., Family Hike: Hidden Clues. July 22: 11 a.m., Kidleidoscope: Trees; 2 p.m., Explorer’s Club (ages 10-12); 7:30 p.m., Full Moon Hike. July 23: 10:30 a.m., Nature Kids (ages 5-6);1 p.m., Senior Hike. July 25: 11 a.m., Junior Ranger (ages 9-12). For more information, call 253-2883.  Cycling for Seniors — All Out Adventures and 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  Wahconah Falls Natural and Cultural History Walk — Tamarack Hollow Nature Center sponsors a walk July 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. Email aimee@gaiaroots.com to register.  Yankee Rowing Club — Free rowing/sculling lessons take place July 20, from 9 a.m. to noon, Sportsman’s Marina, at the Coolidge Bridge, Hadley. For more information call 586-2724.  Dinosaurs and the Geology of the Mount Tom Range — Kestrel Land Trust sponsors a 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 walk on Bare Mountain in Amherst with naturalist Nancy Goodman on July 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Preregistration required. $20. Call 256-6006.  Walking Tour of the Underground Railroad — Walking tour of seven sites related to the UGRR in Florence takes place July 20 beginning at 10 a.m., Sojourner Truth Memorial, at the corner of Park and Pine streets, Florence. For information email stevestrimer@gmail.com.  Wildlife on Board the Quinnetukut II — A natural history cruise on the Connecticut River takes place July 20, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Northfield Mountain Recreation Center, Route 63, Northfield. Fee: $12 adult; $11 senior; $6 child. Call to reserve a space: 800-859-2960.  Sunset Moonrise Paddle — Evening paddle with naturalist Kim Noyes, 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: 800-859-2960.  Granby Walkers Group — Thirty-minute walks departing from the Granby Library parking lot take place Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. For more information contact Kate Mercier at kcmercier@comcast.net. e_STnS Full Moon Hike at Notchview — Tamarack Hollow Nature Center sponsors a hike July 23, from 8 to 10 p.m., Notchview Reservation, Route 9, Windsor. Fee: $5. Email aimee@gaiaroots.com to register.  Adaptive Kayaking — Mass. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation Universal Access Program holds adaptive kayaking program for people with disabilities, their families and friends on July 24, from 9:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and July 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., DAR State Forest, Route 112, Goshen. Fee: $5. Preregistration required; call 259-0009 or 584-2052. e_STnS Chesterfield Gorge Exploration of the Westfield Watershed — Tamarack Hollow Nature Center sponsors hike on July 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Chesterfield Gorge, Chesterfield. Fee: $5. Email aimee@gaiaroots.com to register. e_STnS Biking for Buddies — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County hosts 2nd annual benefit bike and festivities on July 28, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Northfield Mount Hermon School, Gill. 10, 25 and 50 mile routes. Prizes, raffles, lunch. www.bikereg.com/19389 or 772-0915. Items for Heading Outdoors can be emailed to calendar@gazettenet.com, mailed to the Daily Hampshire Gazette at 115 Conz St., Northampton, MA., 01060, or faxed to 585-5299.

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