2020 10×10 Outdoor Recreation Events

10 x 10 Festival Recreation Activities

$10 Tubing Night
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Hours: 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Bousquet, 101 Dan Fox Dr.
$10 a person for a 2 hour ticket
Release form required

Bousquet provides your tube in the cost of your admission!

A sunset stroll: Looking for animal tracks, identify floodplain trees, and explore conservation in the Berkshires!

February 13, 2020
4:00 to 5:30pm
Fred Garner Park, 300 Pomeroy Ave.

Join the Berkshire Natural Resources Council for a sunset stroll along the floodplain forest at Fred Garner Park. Learn about conservation in the Berkshires, look for animal activity and identify trees along the river.

This event is free and open to the public. Hot beverages will be provided. Please dress in layers.

Contact Mariah at mauman@bnrc.org or 413-499-0596 with any questions.

 

Love Is in the Air: Owl Courtship and Calls
February 14, 2020
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Canoe Meadows, 309 Holmes Rd.
Free

Owls brave the cold – and so will we – for nesting season with some of their eggs hatching in February! We will take a 1 mile walk over possibly snowy, icy, or uneven ground to explore where at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary these mysterious nocturnal birds have made their territory. Pre-registration required as spaces are limited. To register, go to https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/results/pleasant-valley, or call 413-637-0320. Open to all ages.

Mass Audubon protects the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. Together with more than135,000 members and supporters, we care for 38,000 acres of land, provide educational programs for 225,000 children and adults annually, and advocate for sound environmental policies at all levels. Mass Audubon’s Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries (BWS) inspires more than 30,000 adults and children annually to form positive, personal connections to the environment through nature education and outdoor recreation.

Our staff inspire Berkshire residents and visitors to discover nature in their own backyards while experiencing the myriad health benefits of spending time in nature. The Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries system comprises six sanctuaries—Pleasant Valley in Lenox, Canoe Meadows in Pittsfield, Tracy Brook in Richmond, Cold Brook in Sandisfield/Otis, Old Baldy in Otis, and Lime Kiln Farm in Sheffield. Combined, these offer 3,400 acres of varied habitats and 12 miles of public trails.

 

Snowy Springside Slammer Fat Bike Race
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Registration opens at 10:30am, Race start is 12pm
Springside Park, 874 North Street
$10 Entry per person (Proceeds go to supporting the Berkshire Mountain Bike Training Series)
Waiver required to race

There will be Expert and Novice categories; choose to ride whatever bike you feel will best suit the conditions. Expert will be about 10-12 miles, and Novice will be around 4-5 miles.  Both Expert and Novice will be open mixed age and gender.

The race will start from the North Playground in Springside Park off of North Street (where the summer Berkshire Mountain Bike Training Series sets up).  On-site registration will open at 10:30am, so swing by the registration tent to check in, get a number plate and sign a waiver.  The race will start at 12pm; get there early and pre-ride the course. Demo bikes from Berkshire Bike and Board may be available on a first come first serve basis.

Get additional information and pre-register at: www.bikereg.com/springside-slammer

Please contact Garrett Pulley at Garrettpulley@yahoo.com for any additional details

Free Skating Opportunity
February 15, 2020
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Boys & Girls Club, 16 Melville St.

The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank, The City of Pittsfield Recreation Program and the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires invite the first 100 people through the door during the Public Skate at the Pittsfield Boys & Girls Club to free admission for skating as well as free skate rental if needed (limited size availability).

Ice Fishing Derby
February 16, 2020
6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Controy Pavilion, Burbank Park
Juniors (Children under 12) are free with a registered adult, $15 for adults

Registration is day of at the pavilion.  Prizes awarded in Adult and Junior divisions. Sponsored by the Onota Fishing Club.

Free Skating Opportunity
February 18, 2020
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Boys & Girls Club, 16 Melville St.

The City of Pittsfield Recreation Program and the Boys & Girls Club invite the first 100 people through the door during the Public Skate at the Pittsfield Boys & Girls Club to free admission for skating as well as free skate rental if needed (limited size availability).

Introduction to Winter Woodland Botany in Springside Park

Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) event

Thursday February 20, 2020

4:00-5:30pm

Springside Park, Pittsfield MA

Free

Learn how to identify plants growing in the Berkshires year-round. Through field observations, we will learn the most common trees and shrubs in our forests and strategies to identify herbs even in the depths of winter. This event is a walk and talk, outside the whole time so please dress for the weather. Meet in the parking lot by Springside House.

For more information contact Elizabeth Orenstein at elizabeth@thebeatnews.org or (413) 717-1255

Invasive Vine Extravaganza 

Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) event

Friday February 21, 2020

10:00-11:30am

Burbank Park, Pittsfield MA

FREE

Start your weekend off right and help eradicate destructive invasive hardy kiwi at the same time! Gloves and tools will be provided, but we encourage you to bring extra tools if you have them (loppers, pruning sheers, and pruning saws). Meet at the Burbank Park Boat Launch.

Hardy Kiwi is an exotic invasive ornamental that threatens forests in western Massachusetts through complete domination of mature trees. Once it germinates, it will climb surrounding vegetation and eventually kill its support. Hardy kiwi can grow over 20 feet in a year. It has become a major problem in places such as Kennedy Park and Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, and now Burbank Park.  Meet at the Onota Lake boat launch.

For more information contact Elia Del Molino at elia@thebeatnews.org or 413-429-6416

Introduction to Wildlife Tracking in Burbank Park

Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) event

Friday February 21, 2020

4:00-5:30pm

Burbank Park, Pittsfield MA

Free

Learn the basics of wildlife track identification, foot morphology, and habitat use in Burbank Park. Walk will be stop and go so please dress for the weather! Meet at the Onota Lake boat launch.

For more information contact Elia Del Molino at elia@thebeatnews.org or 413-429-6416

Discover Curling
Saturday, February 22, 2020
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Boys and Girls Club, 16 Melville St.
$10 a person

Always wanted to try curling?  Here’s your chance!  Members of the Berkshire Curling Club will show you how to throw stones, sweep, and yell, and everyone will play short games! The club will provide everything you need, just bring warm clothes and clean, rubber-soled shoes. Limited space, so please reserve your spot by signing up at www.curlberkshires.org/events.