The Berkshire Natural Resources Council and the North Adams Public Library are launching the Nature Discovery Backpacks Program.

Community members with a library card will be able to check out backpacks equipped with essential hiking supplies for a one-week period. Reservations are required.

BNRC and the NAPL will host a free hike and hiking 101 workshop from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Participants can catch the bus at 1 p.m. at NAPL or meet the group at the Hoosac Range Trail, 2441 Mohawk Trail.

The bus will return to NAPL by 4 p.m. Trail snacks and water will be provided. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Space on the bus is limited. RSVP to Mariah at or 413-499-0596, or Sara at or 413-662-3133, ext. 14.

Severe weather will cancel the event.

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