Springtime in Amherst calls for outdoor activities


Brian Choquet

(Brian Choquet/ Amherst Independent)

Even with impromptu snowfall this week, it’s officially springtime in Amherst.

In honor of spring, the Indie compiled a list of events and activities happening outdoors. Enjoy the longer days and rising temperatures with some fun outside in Amherst.

Want to learn a new skill? 

Take a three-part photography workshop with landscape photographer Michael Zide. For both amateurs and expert, Zide will teach attendees how the capture landscapes in captivating ways. You will learn new techniques, have in-field supervised photographing session, and take part in group critiques. The sessions take place April 14 through April 21 with a fee of $75.

For kids, head down to the Hitchcock Center for the Environment on Saturday, April 14 and Saturday, May 12 at 10 a.m. for Second Saturday Science. The free program educates children on science whilst in their own natural environment.

Looking for something to do on a weekly basis?

On Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. the Bay Road Tennis Club and Multisport Center hosts Tennis for Seniors.

Need an educational, fun opportunity for your homeschooled kid to stay busy during the week? Drop them off on Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Larch Conservation Area for the Homeschool Wilderness Program.

The 10-week spring session teaches children how to make fires, forage for food, and build shelter. There are two age groups: heron for children seven and up, and eagle for preteens and teenagers. Classes range from $55 to $75.

Trying to get your fitness on?

For an entry fee of $40, experienced runners should consider the 7 Sisters Trail Race on May 5th at 9 a.m. The annual race gas donated proceeds to the Friends of the Mt. Holyoke Range since 1991. With 12 miles on an intense trail that has a 3,5000-foot elevation gain over the Mt. Holyoke Range, you’ll be sore after this one.

For a less challenging feat, try the Daffodil Run on April 29th from 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. Participants walk, run, and fundraise in recognition of CHD’S Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, a mentoring program for children facing adversity. There will be a 5K walk/run and a 10K run going through a course of 50,000 daffodils in honor of Amherst’s 250th anniversary. The pre-race is held at Kendrick Park, along with music, a bounce house, games, and food.

Need to satisfy your sweet tooth?

Foodies need to go downtown on April 21 between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. for the Amherst Dessert Crawl. For $10, enjoy 10 miniature desserts for local restaurants and support Reader to Reader in raising money for literacy.