Pioneer Valley Outdoor Event Planning

for Western Massachusetts

Next Event Saturday April 26, 2014

Second Annual Pioneer Valley Outdoor Fair

Come and learn new ways to love the Valley

Date: Saturday April 26, 2014
Time: 9:00 - 3:00
Location: Holyoke Community College
Room 301 at the Kittredge Center

Cost: Free
Weather: Rain or Shine

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Come meet clubs and organizations from across the Pioneer Valley who know how to enjoy the outdoors.
Participate in a day full of outdoor fun for the whole family 
List of participating clubs. We will keep updating this list.
*A variety of hikes for all ages
*Nature activities for kids
*Astronomy
*Birding excursions for adults
*Fossil and mineral display
*So much more

If you like getting outside, you’ll find others who LOVE it, at the Pioneer Valley Outdoor Fair.

Come Prepared!

If you are in to bicycling, bring your bike and helmet.
If you are a Birder, bring your binoculars and camera
If you are a Hiker, bring sensible shoes
Do you have a rock you want identified, bring it




Visit each club’s display booth, participate in the many scheduled outdoor activities, chat with club members and learn what they do. 
Join in the fun at the Pioneer Valley Outdoor Fair.

Over three dozen Clubs and Organisations will be there

Here is a partial list

Each of the many Pioneer Valley outdoor clubs and organizations will offer a family friendly activity and have an information booth at the Pioneer Valley Outdoor Fair.

Allen Bird  Club

Appalachian Mtn. Club

Appalachian Mtn. Club Noble View Outdoor Center

Arunah Hill Natural Science Center

Athol Bird and Nature Club

Boy Scouts of America, Western Mass Council

Connecticut Valley Rock & Mineral Club

Co-op Power

Cyclonauts

DCR

HCC Admissions Dept.

Holyoke Rows

Jurassic Roadshow

KWK Explorations

Mass Audubon/Arcadia

Mt. Tom State Reservation Advocacy Group

Naturalist Club

New England Mountain Biking Association (NEMBA

North Quabbin Visitors Bureau

Paddle Club of Springfield

Pioneer Valley Hiking Club

Pioneer Valley Institute

STARS Club, astronomy

Student Conservation Corp

Tekoa Mountain Outdoors

Trustees of Reservations

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service WOW express

Westfield River Watershed Assoc.

Westfield Wild & Scenic

Wilbraham Hiking Club

Wilderness Experiences Unlimited

Winding River Land Conservancy





Visit sponsoring exhibitor's table to participate in their activity

Check posted Schedule of Events for times

 

“Dinosaurs, Dunes, and Drifting Continents”

Richard Little and Steve Winters

 Come discover the amazing geo history of the Connecticut River Valley, from dinosaur inhabitants to the ancient Lake Hitchcock and more.  First, join geologist Richard Little as he paints a picture of the ancient history of our valley as far back as 600 million years.   His humorous presentation will be topped off with a chance to touch armored mud balls which he discovered right here along the Connecticut River.  Immediately following the program, Steve Winters, Assistant Professor of Earth Science at HCC will guide us through an easy hour-long walk back into the Mesozoic Era when basaltic lavas covered our campus and dinosaurs roamed Western Massachusetts.  All geology will be easily visible from the Campus Loop Road.  This two-hour adventure will have you completely enraptured about the dynamic geo history of the ground right beneath your feet. 

 

 Noticing Nature”(Great for Kids)

Dept. of Conservation and Recreation

Notice sun, soil, plants and evidence of little critters in springtime.  This presentation is geared toward our younger explorers, children ages 3-7 and their grown-ups, but all are welcome.

 

“Get to Know your Dragons and Damsels”

 Athol Bird and Nature Club

Explore with us the mysterious world of dragonflies and damselflies. From the beautiful yet diminutive Fragile Forktail damselfly in our smallest wetlands to the dynamic Wandering Glider that migrates hundreds of miles, you’ll gain an appreciation for these amazing creatures.

 

Mountain Bike Ride

New England Mountain Biking Association

Bring your mountain bike and go for a ride on the trails behind campus with New England Mountain Biking Association.  Wear your helmet.  Minors need a parent. 

 

“Stories of the Land”   (Great for Kids)

KWK Explorations              

The land is a storybook, telling us tales of the earth, the people, and the animals living here.  These stories cover time spans from millions of years to a few days.  We will sample a few of these on our walk through the woods on the outskirts of campus.

 

Bird Walk

Allen Bird Club

Join expert birders for a half hour walk to identify some of our native birds who are now starting to nest.  All ages welcome.  Bring your binoculars if possible.

 

Telescope viewing and Demonstration

Springfield STARS Club

Take a look through various types of telescopes set up on the patio outside Kittredge Center.

 

Hike the National Scenic Trail

Wilbraham Hiking Club

Join members of the Wilbraham Hiking Club for an easy 1 1/2 to 2 mile hike in the wooded trails right behind HCC campus.  Bring water and a snack. Great hike for anyone 10 years and older.

 

“Exploring the Forest in Spring

The Naturalists’ Club

Take an easy hike through the forest around campus with Naturalists’ Club President Dave Gallup.  While you look for signs of spring improve your knowledge of birds, wildflowers and trees and wildlife.

 

“Year of the Salamander” Vernal Pool Hike on Sunday

 Trustees of Reservations

The Trustees are celebrating the “The Year of the Salamander” with a hike to a vernal pool at one of our newest properties tomorrow, Sunday April 27th from 9:00 – 11:00.  A vernal pool is a low spot in the forest that seasonally fills with water. Because predatory fish cannot survive in these temporary pools, they are one of the most preferred places for salamanders to lay their eggs in the spring. Join us for this hike and visit our booth for more information. 






If you have question or want to get involved, please contact us:

Nancy Condon, Nancy@naturepods.com, 413-564-0895
Alan Rifkin, Alan@Rifkin.com, 413-676-9393

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