Noble View News & Events
Presidents' & General's Day at Noble View
Join us on Saturday, February 18, 2017 for a winter celebration to honor President George Washington and Major General Henry Knox. This historic version of Presidents’ Day festivities started back in the 60’s by folks from NV and the AMC Berkshire Chapter, and will include:
Cast-iron open hearth cooking
Grog & Warm Cider
Short History of General Knox's Trek
Hiking, Snowshoeing & Cross-country Skiing
Children’s Games & Activities
Come to NVOC, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
LUNCH WILL BE SERVED at 12 noon
Potluch dishes from the past & present requested. Last names starting with:
n A – G - Main Dishes
n H – N - Salads & Appetizers
n O – S - Veggies
n T – Z - Desserts
*Note: The BBQ Pit will be available for cooking your own meats.
Wear your warm winter attire……… Bring the family! All are WELCOME
Please contact Elvery Veal at email@example.com ,
413-387-9892(cell) for more information, to register and/or to volunteer to help.
AMC Noble View Outdoor Center
635 S. Quarter Road, Russell MA 01071
Noble View Naturalist Series 2017
Wildlife Tracking: Find & Follow the Signs
Leader: Jim Pelletier, Berkshire Wildlife Tracker & Appalachian Trail Committee Chair
Come learn about tracks, their patterns, and other signs of winter wildlife: how to look and what to look for. We’ll spend a short time inside at beginning discussing tracking and then hit the trails and fields, looking for tracks and signs and learning to understand the stories they tell. A laminated Animal Tracks ID card that trackers use in the field will be included. Donation $5.00.
Noble View Outdoor Center
10:00 AM - Noon
Sat. March 4, 2017
Dress warmly for winter conditions. Snowshoes may be required. Let us know if you need some. We will warm up with some hot chocolate after our hike.
To pre register and for further information contact Peg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413- 568-2199 Space limited. Register by Feb. 25th.
AMC Noble View Outdoor Center 635 S. Quarter Road, Russell MA 01071 http://www.nobleviewoutdoorcenter.org/
Noble View Volunteer Opportunities
Noble View Outdoor Center’s Committee is currently seeking new members and general volunteers. As Noble View has become popular, more volunteers are needed to keep up! Noble View is entering a new phase within the Club – to be a major AMC Outdoor Facility between the Whites & Delaware Water Gap. We welcome you to be part of this endeavor and TO VOLUNTEER. Specific needs are:
• Responsible for outreach including the Web Site and FaceBook as well as to provide stimulus in filling lodging and programs
Training available, 6-8 hrs once or twice a month - mid April thru end of Nov
For further information please contact: Frank Evans 413-210-8119
The Noble View lodging calendar (Make a reservation) page is now up to date
Noble View Hosts 2015 Warrior Hike Participants!
On July 21st, Noble View had the honor of hosting nine hikers who are participating in the Warrior Hike "Walk off the War" program along the Appalachian Trail. This is the second year Noble View has given a night's respite to veterans hiking the trail, and we intend to carry on this tradition of giving the hikers a bit of "luxury" including hot showers, local fresh food, a night's rest under a roof, and a hearty breakfast and ride back to the trail the next morning.
Dennis, Olaf, Caitlin, David, Nate, the other Nate, Gabe, Joel, and Michelle come from all over the country, served in various branches of the military, and have diverse reasons for hiking the AT. Dennis Newton, a retired chaplain, has always wanted to hike the AT and only now has the time; Olaf McCreary has a bad case of wanderlust, is coping with myriad transitions in his life, and is enjoying life with his best friend Arrow*; Caitlin Murphy is seeking the next chapter in her young life and intends to pursue psychology and wants to work with female vets as a counselor in what she notes is a much-needed niche in providing care for female veterans; and Joel Strait is seeking to shrug off his cynicism about humanity, noting that he's almost in disbelief at the number of people wanting to help the Warrior Hikers without looking for anything in return--the so-called Trail Angels many of the hikers told me about and who are abundant along the AT. Some of the hikers just quietly enjoyed their stay with us, hopefully enjoying the peace and quietude found in abundance at Noble View.
We hope that Joel continues to be heartened by the selfless acts of kindness, including those most recently offered by Noble View volunteers; the VFW in Russell, MA; the local Big Y in Westfield, MA; the Westfield Evening News; and a few anonymous donors of items used to pamper these hikers who have given so much for our country. All individuals are remaining nameless because we couldn't even possibly name all the Trail Angels who made it possible for Noble View to host these hikers, plus, we it would just irritate Joel if we tried!
*Arrow, an abandoned service dog left wandering in Qatar, adopted Olaf as his human. According to Olaf, Arrow has been stealing the hearts of all who meet him--so much so that people who have been following their hike anticipate Arrow's arrival along key points on the trail, and are anxious to meet and assist Arrow who is facing some health challenges.
Emerald Ash Borer - killing Noble View Ash trees
The Emerald Ash Borer has been identified at Noble View. This Invasive is attacking and killing our Ash trees. Identification of trees that have been attacked is to view the top of the tree; if the top third is dead you have spotted Emerald Ash Borer damage. It is only a matter of time before the whole tree is dead.
The Emerald Ash Borer is divesting the forests of Massachusetts, New England states, and across much of the Eastern United States
Scientific Name: Agrilus planipennis
Common Name: Emerald Ash Borer
White ash (Fraxinus americana), black ash (F.nigra), red ash (F. pennslyvanica), green ash (F. pennsylvanica var. subintegerrima) and several horticultural varieties of ash.
Key ID Features (Adults, Larvae):
• The body is a golden green or brassy color overall with darker, metallic emerald green wing covers.
• Adults measure ½” 8.5-13mm) in length. Females are larger than males.
• Adults are present from mid-May to late July and feed on leaves leaving irregularly- shaped patches with jagged edges.
• Larvae are flattened in appearance, consisting of 10 cream-colored, bell-shaped segments with a pair of brown pinchers at one end.
• Larvae about 1-1 ¼” (26- 32mm) in length when fully developed.
Description of damage:
• Distinct S-shaped tunnels are formed beneath the bark from larval feeding.
• Vertical splits in the bark are caused by callus tissue forming in response to larval feeding.
• Adult emergence leaves D- shaped exit holes (3-4 mm in diameter) in bark.
• The upper third of the tree dies back.
• Numerous shoots arise below the dead portion of the trunk
Updated Trail System & Maps
In 2013 AMC Trail staff walked and reviewed Noble View’s trails and developed a comprehensive plan, including the elimination of redundant loops and trails near major trails. As a result of their work, the trail system has been completely reworked to eliminate the confusing maze of trails that have developed over the years.
This summer AMC brought "Greenagers” (teenagers) to Noble View for 6 weeks of trail work focusing on placing the trail plan into action. Junction signs were installed, wet areas bridged, and discontinued trails eliminated.
A new trail system and map will eliminate any confusion during your visit. Please be sure you carry a map and compass with you. Hike Safe. AMC "Greenagers" Trail Crew - Reviewing Safety Day 1
NEW Food Option
Noble View can now provide the evening meal at an additional cost. Many entrees and sides are available depending upon party size and choices - please inquire .
Monthly Naturalist Programs
Noble View Outdoor Center kicked off its ongoing Monthly Naturalist Programs in 2012 with “Exploring the Natural World Around Us,” led by John Green Jr., a renowned Connecticut River Valley naturalist and photographer. Since then, we've hosted naturalist programs each month, including birding, plant and wildflower identification, and family programs for parents and kids.
For further information and directions contact Frank Evans, 413-572-4501, or by email: email@example.com .
Noble View's A Mountain Classroom Program for Schools
A Mountain Classroom offers an integrated learning experience that merges environmental education, personal development and team building seamlessly in a hiking-based program that challenges students and inspires an appreciation for the natural world.
Noble View Generating Electricity
We're spinning the meter backward at Noble View Outdoor Center!
The photovoltaic array on the bath house went online on February 5, 2010, and immediately began to generate electricity. The electricity that isn’t used at Noble View flows back into the grid.
Monitoring at the link below began on 3/5/10. Under Energy Performance, there’s a bar graph showing the amount of electricity generated per day, and under Equivalents you can get a better idea of the amount of power we’ve generated on an ongoing basis.