Northfield Mountain Recreation & Environmental Center programs

  • Hooded merganser​​​​​ COURTESY NORTHFIELD MOUNTAIN

Published: 3/4/2020 9:46:26 PM
Modified: 3/4/2020 9:46:18 PM

Northfield Mountain Recreation & Environmental Center provides year-round public programming in conjunction with the Northfield Mountain hydroelectric pumped storage facility’s federal licensing. Northfield Mountain is operated by FirstLight Power Resources. For more information about Northfield Mountain Recreation programming, visit its website:

Full Moon Family Adventure

On Saturday, March 7, 5-7:15 p.m., join Northfield Mountain staff for a fun, family adventure by the light of the moon. Learn how to navigate like nocturnal creatures, pretend to be predators sneaking up on prey and learn about the shocking scientific mysteries rolled up in Wintergreen Lifesavers. A cup of cocoa around the pellet stove will warm us on our return to the center.

No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. Bring water, wear light-weight waterproof pants, warm socks, and dress in warm layers that can be shed as we get moving. Warm footwear is essential. If we are open for skiing, snowshoes are required. All levels of experience are welcome.

Snowshoe rentals are $10 per person ($30 maximum per family). Appropriate for ages 8 and older. Pre-registration is required by calling 800-859-2960.

Birding Barton Cove and the Power Canal

Barton Cove and the Power Canal in Turners Falls are two great spots to view migrating birds in March. On Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., join experienced birder, Bill Lafley, and Northfield Mountain staff to search for ducks, geese and other birds along the Connecticut River.

Bring binoculars, wear warm boots and dress warmly for a morning outdoors. If available, please bring a spotting scope.

The program begins at the Great Falls Discovery Center, located at 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, before carpooling to nearby locations. All levels of experience are welcome for this program which is co-sponsored with the Northfield Bird Club. Pre-registration is required by calling 800-859-2960.

Wilderness First Aid Course at Northfield Mountain

On April 1 and 2 a wilderness first aid course will be given by Wild Med Institute for Wilderness and Emergency Medicine at Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $200. Please register at

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