Robinson State Park Day

428 North Street, Agawam, MA
Saturday, June 15, 2019

A Day of Science and Nature activities for all ages.

Co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Friends of Robinson State Park.

Most events start or take place at the Trestle Pavilion, unless otherwise noted.  Please bring your own food, water, sun and insect protection and join us for a day of fun, adventure and education. Times/events listed are approximate and flexible.

8 am Bird Identification Walk: led by John Hutchison of the Allen Bird Club. Bring binoculars.

Appropriate for experienced birders and people who would like to learn about the birds that find habitat in the park (and their bird songs). Probably about 2 hours, although participants can leave earlier.

9 am - 3:30 pm Walks: informal walks appropriate for all ages; minors must be adult accompanied.

9 am – noon: Riffle bio-assessment of wadable streams: Nancy Bobskill (former

Environmental Science Teacher at Agawam High School), and Rod Parlee of the Bolton, Connecticut

Conservation Commission will conduct and explain rapid stream assessments. Participants will help collect samples from a stream, examine, and IDENTIFY the MACROINVERTEBRATES for MOST WANTED WHICH ARE GOOD INDICATORS OF water QUALITY. Bring rubber boots OR WADERS.

10 am – noon – 2 pm: "Big Tree" walks, led by Matt Largess, longtime friend of the park and arborist from Rhode Island. He may also lead a walk through the recovering tornado damage.

Meet at the Trestle Pavilion. These short walks are especially appropriate for children.

10 am - 3 pm the Tree Bus: At the front gate, visit the Tree Bus. Walk right in the bus!

Educational—hands-on activities—learn about our majestic trees! Free gifts!! The Tree Bus is brought to you by Maryanne Pacitti and the Scattered Seeds Foundation.

Gini Traub, DCR interpreter will lead family friendly programs for our young visitors and their grown-ups as follows:

10:45 – 11:30 am: What’s in the Water? A 40-minute program. Meet near restrooms.

1:00 – 1:45 pm: Noticing Nature. A 40-minute sensory walk emphasizing nature’s sounds, colors, textures and odors. Meet near restrooms.

2 pm to about 3 pm: Westfield River Canoe Cruise. Watch the Westfield River Watershed Association’s annual Canoe and Kayak Cruise arrive at Robinson State Park from the Westfield River at the park’s canoe launch area.

Additionally: The Robinson Swimming Pond is expected to be open for swimming and exploring. The paved River Road is fine for a bike ride or a stroll. Members of the Friends Group will be available at the Trestle Pavilion with photo displays, maps, and a general willingness to answer your questions and help you learn more about the park. Parking fee waived for this event. Severe weather cancels.

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