Come and learn new ways to love the Valley
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
Here is a list of last years participating clubs. An updated list for this year will be available soon.
*A variety of hikes for all ages
*Nature activities for kids
*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.
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.
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
Arunah Hill Natural Science Center
Connecticut Valley Mineral Club
DCR- Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
Holyoke Natural Resources Committee
Jurassic Road Show
Mount Tom State Reservation Advocacy Group
National Ski patrol
New England Scenic Trail
New England Mountain Bike Association-
Pioneer Valley Hiking Club
Tekoa Mountain Outdoors
Trustees of Reservations
W. Spfld Environmental Committee
Westfield River Watershed Assoc.
Wilderness Experiences Unlimited & Westfield Water Sports
Wilbraham Hiking Club
Winding River Land Conservancy
Click here for a PDF copy of the schedule
“Stories of the Land” 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 Stanley Park.
“Waterfall Hike” Appalachian Mountain Club & Noble View Outdoor Center
Join AMC certified leaders on a mildly ambitious hike to some beautiful waterfalls on Pitcher Brook. Wear good footwear, bring water.
“Minerals: We Can’t Live Without Them” Connecticut Valley Rock & Mineral Club
Touch some beautiful minerals from the club’s collection. See mining artifacts and learn about the history of local mines.
“Noticing Nature” 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 aged 3-7 and their grown ups, but all are welcome.
“Dino Footprint Hike” Jurassic Road Show
Join Sarah on an easy hike into the past. Visit the footprints on display at Stanley Park and imagine the inhabitants during the early Jurassic period here in the Connecticut River Valley.
“Get to Know your Trees” The Naturalists’ Club
A leisurely walk at a "naturalist's pace" to see how to identify a dozen of the most common trees using characteristics of their leaves, bark, habitat type and perhaps taste of the twigs.
“Introduction to Mountain Biking” New England Mountain Bike Association
Join NEMBA members for a short ride in Stanley Park. Bring your bike, helmet and minors need a parent.
“Telescope viewing and demonstration” Springfield STARS Club
Take a look through various types of telescopes and learn how they work.
“Leave No Trace” Tekoa Mountain Outdoors
Come learn the basic 7 tenets of enjoying the outdoors without leaving an impact on the environment.
“Storm Drain Labeling” Westfield River Watershed Association
Be a river steward. Help save the Westfield River from pollution by stenciling reminders on storm drains along Western Avenue.
“Macro-invertebrate Search” Westfield River Watershed Association
Head on down to the Frog Pond in Stanley Park to join in on the search for pond creatures. This is downstream of the Duck Pond. Equipment will be supplied. Dry feet not guaranteed.
“Birding 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.
“A Photography Stroll in Stanley Park” Pioneer Valley Hiking Club
Join members of this avid hiking club for a photography stroll along trails in the Frank Stanley Beveridge Memorial Sanctuary in Stanley Park. Must be able to walk 1-2 miles. Bring your camera.
“Cooperative Games” Wilderness Experiences Unlimited
We encourage participants of all ages to come and play! Our bag of tricks is endless. Be part of a fun atmosphere where you will find yourself laughing, talking, being silly, running around and creating new friends.
“Dinosaurs, Dunes and Drifting Continents” Mt. Tom State Reservation Advocacy Group
Geology Professor Richard Little will paint a picture of 600 million years of â€œGeohistoryâ€ in the Connecticut River Valley. This roughly hour-long presentation will be geared toward an adult audience.
Westfield River Environmental Center at Westfield State University
FAR Labs, Telescopes and Binoculars
Nature Pods, Guides for nature travelers
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Last Update Novenber 11, 2014
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