Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park announces events during February vacation

blackstone river bendBlackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park announces events during February vacation.  All Programs are free and open to the public.  An adult must accompany children.  Reasonable accommodations available upon request. For questions please contact River Bend Farm Visitor Center, 287 Oak Street, Uxbridge MA 01569. To check on cancellations due to inclement  weather, please call 508-278-7604 or email blackstone.heritage@state.ma.us

Saturday, February 13, 1:00-2:00
Water & Fire River Walk
Show your love for the elements earth, air, water and fire! Take an easy walk to the bank of the Blackstone River, gather around a campfire, and enjoy hot chocolate as we talk about water quality and share stories of the river’s recovery.  Spend some time outdoors and bask in the peacefulness of the sights and sounds of water and fire. All ages welcome. Easy walk to river approx. 1 mile round trip. Bring snowshoes if conditions permit.

Sunday, February 14, 2:00-3:00
Time to Sleep
See what wildlife is up to in the winter around the park. Find clues of winter residents; think like an animal as we walk around habitats that may provide cozy resting places. Meet inside Visitor Center, followed by an outdoor walk approximately 1 mile.

Monday, February 15, 11:00-12:00
Maple Sugarmakers Weather Watch
Is it maple sugaring season yet? Let’s talk about the weather and the science of maple sugaring to find out what conditions get the sap running, then head out on the trail for some hands on action as we measure and mark trees for tapping.

Thursday, February 18, 12:30-1:00
Watching Wildlife
Discover tracks, scat and signs that wildlife leaves behind; learn what wild things live at the park and what to look for before you head out on the trail! Meet in Visitor Center.

Thursday, February 18, 1:00-2:30
Boots Along the Blackstone Towpath Hike
Put on your boots and bundle up for this hike along the Blackstone Canal towpath as we burn off some energy, view the river, and find signs of winter wildlife along the waterways and forest. Meet at Visitor Center, all ages welcome.

Friday, February 19, 12:00-1:30
All About Owls
Learn about the most common owls of the area and hear recordings of their calls. Discover how these fascinating birds live and eat. Discover how the habitat favors prey that owls need for food and physical structures that make owls successful hunters in low light. Be prepared to take a closer look at an owl pellet. Meets inside Visitor Center.

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