Saturday, March 23, 2024

Winter Ecology Snowshoe Walk with William Randolph

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About Winter Ecology Snowshoe Walk with William Randolph

Explore winter ecology while becoming acquainted with the wild world and let Adventure East be your guide. This winter wonderland adventure will begin with a brief explanation of the human history on the location followed by an exploration of the wild world. Learn about winter track and sign, what animals are moving in the snow, and who is tunneling beneath. We will also explore how plant life adapts to darker and colder temperatures and which birds stay for the winter. This adventure is for all ages. Snowshoes or shoe spikes and poles will be provided to make this a safe and enjoyable experience.

A Trustees property since 1929, Chesterfield Gorge is an historic landscape comprised of primarily forested land and a 1.5 – mile stretch of the Westfield River, which over time, carved the feature for which the property is named.

HIGHLIGHTS: The gorge provides the opportunity to examine the geological features of Western Massachusetts. Learn how this gorge was formed, how large boulders called glacial erratic traveled across the landscape and why this location was once an important mining community.

Skill Level: All

Fitness Level: All

What’s Included:

  • 2-hour walk with an experienced naturalist
  • All gear as needed (snowshoes, spikes, trekking poles)
  • Warm beverages to warm the spirit!

What to Bring:

  • Layers appropriate to the temperatures (hat, gloves, waterproof clothing, insulating layers)
  • Warm boots and thick socks (extra pair)
  • Plenty of drinking water
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