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9am-12pm: Nature All Year: Winter Tracking with Kathy Dean in Ashfield

March 14—9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Join us for an in-depth natural history course to develop your naturalists skills. Each month, in our series of nature explorations with different local naturalists, we explore a focused, seasonal, natural history topic. We’ll look at nature in new ways, from broad habitat perspectives to close details of individual species. Over the course of the year we’ll visit a variety of natural habitats in the greater Pioneer Valley area. Identification skills, ecological connections, adaptations, and life cycles of organisms will be the focus of our observations. Bring your curiosity and observation skills. Dress for the weather for 3 hours as we rarely cancel due to inclement weather. Bring binoculars and a hand lens, water and snacks if you would like. These will be outdoor only programs. Please dress for the weather and plan to wear a mask for everyone’s safety.

Ever look out at a fresh snowfall to find animal tracks winding their way between bare shrubs and vegetation? Despite chilling temperatures and sparse food sources, many animals are still quite active even on the coldest of days. Together we’ll wander Kathy’s property in Ashfield to learn the basics of tracking and discover the stories of winter!

Background: Kathy is an experienced educator who has taught in both the outdoor adventure and nature connection fields.  Together with Jean Bergstrom she co-founded Her Wild Roots, which offers nature education programs for women.  She devotes most of her dirt time and study to animal tracking and bird language, as these are two of her biggest loves.

Sunday, March 14, 9am-12pm

Tier A – $45 per class or $121 for winter season
Tier B – $36 per class or $97 for winter season
Tier C – $27 per class or $73 for winter season
Tier D – $18 per class or $49 for winter season
There is a 10% discount for signing up for the full fall series.


March 14
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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