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Sheffield, 9-11 a.m.
Winter is a great time to look for animal tracks and signs. A Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Santuary naturalist will lead a two-hour adventure in search of tracks, scat, and other signs of animals that stay active through the winter. The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children; register online.

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Bromley Mountain ski resort will hold their 16th Annual “Mom’s Day Out” fundraiser. Moms ski or ride for just $25 when they show the ticket seller a snapshot of their kid or kids. Once again, this year’s event will benefit the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center in Bennington, part of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. The Cancer Center will receive the entire $25 lift ticket cost as a donation. During the day, participants will be able to meet some of the physicians and staff of the Cancer Center, whether on the slopes or in the lodge. Bromley Mountain is located at 3984 Vermont Route 11, Peru, Vermont, six miles east of Manchester.

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Great Barrington, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Explore the fields and riparian forest and learn to recognize and read wildlife tracks and see what winter birds live here. Saturday, January 27, 1:00pm-4:00pm SPONSORS: Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Great Barrington Land Conservancy Leaders: Christine Ward (Great Barrington Land Conservancy) Greg Ward (Hoffman Bird Club) Mariah Auman (BNRC) Difficulty: Easy (easy pace, little elevation change) Description: Housatonic Flats provides important habitat to many Berkshire mammals and birds.  We will guide visitors on where to look and what to look for. If no snow, we’ll skip the snowshoes and go for a winter hike! If weather permits, bring your own snowshoes or you can rent a pair from Berkshire Bike & Board (413-528-5555). Directions: From Great Barrington: From the Price Chopper, head north on Route 7 for less than half a mile. Parking will be on the left. Pre-registration is requested: For more information or to register by phone call Mariah at 499-0596/ FREE!
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, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
For ages 18 and up. Learn to identify trees and shrubs in the “off” season with ecologists Conrad and Claudia Vispo of the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program, who have led ecology walks throughout Columbia County and taught people how to identify plants in all seasons since 2004. Winter Botany can be a lot of fun when you key in on a combination of clues the plants offer to help reveal which species they belong to. These clues include the habitat where the plant is found, its general shape and branching pattern, and its bark and bud characteristics. Some plants even have unique smells that can help with their identification. And don’t forget to search the ground for remains of leaves and/or fruit and nuts—it’s all fair game. This course combines indoor and outdoor instruction to provide participants with a set of tools to improve their skills with winter identification of woody plants, no matter their prior knowledge. Everybody with a curiosity about the natural world can benefit from this course and gain a new appreciation for the patterns discernable in the plants of our wintry woods. The three consecutive sessions will build on each other, and we will give preference to participants signing up for the entire course. However, if space is available after January 10, we will also accept sign-ups for individual sessions. Sessions will be limited to 15 participants, so please register early to reserve your spot! Email us to register for this program. January 27, 9:00 am–12:00 pm February 3: 10:00 am–12:00 pm February 24: 10:00 am–12:00 pm Location: 122 Daley Rd., East Chatham, NY; please approach from Route 9 only.   Tuition:  Suggested donation: $50 for all three sessions; $20 for one session  
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North Adams, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Take in the sunset from Sunset Rock on the Hoosac Range while sipping on hot apple cider! Friday, February 2, 4:00pm-6:00pm Difficulty: Moderate (moderate pace, moderate elevation changes) Description: Join BNRC staff to watch the sun set with hot apple cider over the city of North Adams.  1.5-mile roundtrip hike with moderate climbs to the overlook.  Bring a flashlight or headlamp for the hike down. BNRC will provide hot apple cider, but feel free to bring snacks and your choice warm drink! Please bring water, wear sturdy footwear (consider snowshoes and/or micro-spikes) and bring appropriate clothing.  Directions: From Pittsfield, take Rt. 8 North.  At the Cumberland Farms, take a right onto Rt. 8A.  Take a right onto Rt. 2.  After climbing the hairpin turns, the BNRC parking lot will be on the right, immediately following the Wigwam Cabins.  Email Mariah at or call 413-499-0596 with any questions.  
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Alford, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Enjoy the views of the open sky on the Father Loop at Alford Springs. Saturday, February 10, 5:00pm – 8:00pm Difficulty: 2 miles total. Moderate (moderate pace, moderate elevation changes) Note: Night conditions may make this moderate hike harder depending on your comfort level. Description: We will hike 1 mile on the Father Loop to the early successional, open habitat to take in the view of the night sky and enjoy hot apple cider before returning to the trailhead. Please bring water, wear sturdy footwear (consider snowshoes and/or micro-spikes) and bring appropriate clothing.  Directions: From Great Barrington: Take Taconic Avenue, which becomes Alford Road.  Drive past Simon’s Rock to a left on Seekonk Road; follow Seekonk Road for 3.6 miles. Turn right on to Mountain Road (if you come to the New York State line, you’ve gone too far). Follow Mountain Road for 0.8 miles, bearing left at the first “Y” and left again at the sharp right turn at 0.8 miles. Email Mariah at or call 413-499-0596 with any questions.  
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Lanesborough, 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Come explore the property from the valley to the spiny ridgeline. Wednesday, February 21, 10:00am – noon Difficulty: Moderate — good trails with gradual to steep inclines Description: Enjoy the 20-30 minute climb from the trailhead to the spine of the hill and the summit. After descending from the ridgeline, return on the blue-blazed trail, noting the slag glass used to firm the road.  Be prepared for potential of icy trails. Dogs on leash are welcome. Directions: From the intersection of Bridge Street and Main Street/Route 7 in Lanesborough (right near the police station): follow Bridge Street west to its end at the BNRC trailhead and kiosk. The trailhead is about 0.8 miles from Main Street. Email Mariah at or call 413-499-0596 with any questions.  
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