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Amherst, The Notch Walks & Talks
July 5 - July 31
MONDAYS & SUNDAYS BIRDING, 9:00 a.m.—9:30 a.m.
For ages 12 and up. Join a Park Interpreter for a beginner
birding program. Discover more about birds, their behaviors,
their needs, habitats and significance. Listen, watch, sketch or
journal on this interactive program. This is an easy, 1/4 mile
hike. Meet inside the Notch Visitor Center.
TUESDAYS FIRE AND ICE GEOLOGY, 10:00 a.m.—10:30 a.m.
For ages 7 and up. The Holyoke Range was formed by both fire
and ice! Explore this 200-million year old story of dinosaurs,
lava and glaciers with a Park Interpreter. Meet inside the Notch
WEDNESDAYS TROLLEY TRAIL, 10:00 a.m.—10:30 a.m.
For ages 7 and up. This talk uncovers the story of the trolley that
once connected Holyoke to Amherst. It fostered community and
connections to recreation areas like The Notch. Meet inside the
Notch Visitor Center.
THURSDAYS WILD WOODS WALK, 10:00 a.m.—10:30 a.m.
For ages 12 and up. Join a Park Interpreter for an eye-opening
walk. Discover dynamic, colorful, and life-supporting plants on
the Mount Holyoke Range. This is a moderate, 3/4-mile hike.
Meet inside the Notch Visitor Center.
SATURDAYS EMPOWERMENT HIKE, 10:00 a.m.—10:45 a.m.
For ages 14 and up. This guided hike follows a challenging, but
fun trail Build your navigating skills, connect to nature and learn
how to become a better steward. This is a moderate to advanced,
hike with challenging terrain. Meet inside the Notch Visitor Center.
All programs are free, open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, meet in the Visitor Center, 1500 West Street, Amherst. Parking is free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Reasonable accommodations available upon request. *Storms cancel all outdoor programs. Call to confirm. If you have questions, call the park at
Notch Visitor Center, Mount Holyoke Range State Park
1500 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002. Tel. (413) 253-2883
NOTCH VISITOR CENTER, 9:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.*
The Visitor Center features free exhibits, park information, restrooms and drinking water. Wheelchair accessible. Accessible by PVTA public transit (Amherst R38). Open late-May through mid-October. *Times and dates are subject to change.