Family Outings Committee

The Family Outings Committee schedules adventures in western Massachusetts every month throughout the year. These adventures include family friendly hikes, experiential outdoor activities that teach outdoor skills and conservation concepts, seasonal crafts and games, camping, family nights and much more. We strive to instill confidence, collaboration, understanding and an appreciation of the outdoors so as to foster, respect and stewardship of our planet and all living things.
Our focus is to get everyone outdoors. To that end we are experienced family leaders and we work hard to accommodate your needs, meeting you where you are in your outdoor experience.
Children of all ages and their families (including grandparents) are invited to join us. AMC requires that a parent/guardian (18 years of age and over) attend with children at all events.
We hope you'll join us in one of the many events listed on this site. Suggestions for additional events to add to the current schedule are welcome.


We also work with other organizations to increase our reach and ability to offer interesting programs for families. An example of this kind of collaboration is the ongoing, self-guided StoryWalk® available year round at AMC Noble View Outdoor Center, in Russell, MA. The story changes each month and often reflects a nature theme. A Storywalk® offers families an active outdoor reading experience, where a children's picture book has been deconstructed and then placed page by page along a path. Families walk, read and talk their way through the story. To access the book, hike behind the Noble View barn and follow the signs. No registration is required.
The AMC Western MA Family Outings Committee is thankful for a collaboration with the Hilltown Family Center which has sponsored the Storywalk® through a Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. The Storywalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

Upcoming Activities

Click or tap on the Register links to learn more and/or register for activities.

Water Creatures in the Stream

Location: Russell, MA
Date: 11‑May‑2024
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Come splash in the stream behind the Russell Public Library for some outdoor spring FUN! With nets and magnifying field microscopes, we'll see water creatures up close and personal. If wading is not for you, we'll have white examination trays with rocks and mud for your investigation. Also included will be a guided Storywalk® of "Over and Under the Pond". A copy of the book and a RAFFLE for a FREE book for one lucky participant to take home will be available at the library!
REMEMBER: All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Wear boots, the higher the better for spring mud and for wading in the stream. Program will run Rain or Shine.

Sweet Spring, Maple Syrup Hike

Location: Worthington, MA
Date: 18‑May‑2024
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Families and casual hikers are you ready to indulge in what spring has to offer in the hilltowns of western Massachusetts? Join us for a hike on the Conwell Property Trail in Worthington (part of Hilltown Land Trust) and then partake in a sugar house buffet at High Hopes Farm in Worthington. The hike is rated as an easy, 2.3 mile, out and back gently rolling route with a water crossing. Following our hike, we will return to our cars to ride the short distance to High Hopes Farm Sugar House to enjoy the buffet.
The sugar house buffet is $16.00 per adult. WMA AMC Family Outings will cover the cost of the children's buffet for participating kids.

I Spy Signs of Spring Nature Hike

Location: Russell, MA
Date: 15‑Jun‑2024
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Families can you spy signs of spring? Join us for a hike to a vernal pool at Noble View Outdoor Center. The hike is rated as an easy, 1.8 mile, out and back route. On the way there we can spy on plants and animals waking up for spring. Families are invited to bring a picnic lunch to have at the View following the hike. Visit the registration page to learn more.

Hikes With Tykes

Location: Holyoke, MA
Date: multiple opportunities
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If you are the parent, grandparent or primary caretaker of a wee one, birth to 2 years, you are invited to join an AMC Western MA bimonthly hike series geared to get you and your little one out on the trail in and around the Connecticut River Valley. Momma Kayla and Nanna Dawne are planning guided, easy stroller or baby backpack hikes in the afternoon on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month beginning on April 8th. This is a way for you and your child to connect with nature and other parents and child caretakers in a safe, inclusive way with trained AMC hike leaders.
Once we have an established registered group list we will email you with the specifics about time and location for each bi-weekly Monday hike. Click on the Register link to learn more. Let's get these little tykes out!

Activity Schedule

All activities are subject to cancellation due to poor weather conditions. Check activities on for up-to-the-minute additions not yet shown here. Not all activities may be posted yet.
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