Help Us Replace Our Program Van

Our dedicated Program Leaders drive AOA's vans to 180 programs each year throughout Massachusetts.  We count on our vans to be able to run our programs, and we need for our staff to be driving safe and reliable vehicles.  Our big program van is a 2006 Ford Econoline, and it is time to replace it.  It has signficant rust, is in need of repairs, and does not include modern safety features such as side airbags for our Program Leaders' safety.

Your year-end donation will help to fund the purchase of our new van and will help our staff and equipment arrive at each program safely and reliably. Thank you!

 

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We promote health, community, and independence for people with disabilities and their family and friends through outdoor recreation.

297 Pleasant St., Northampton

Open By Appointment Through Winter

Please contact us to make an appointment for a test ride.  Appointments are available Monday through Friday through spring.  We will resume our regular open and drop-in hours, including Saturdays, in April.

We have many models of Catrike, TerraTrike and Trident Trikes here for you to test ride!  We can order any trike from those manufacturers.

Year round programming

With a combination of well-trained staff and specialized equipment, our programs are designed to encourage people of all abilities to interact and enjoy the outdoors together together, providing opportunities to develop skills and share experiences in every season.

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Upcoming Events

January 22, 2022
  • UAP Wendell Outdoor Winter Recreation

    January 22, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Wendell State Forest Headquarters, 392 Wendell Rd, Millers Falls, MA 01349, USA

    Join us for accessible snowshoeing, kick sledding, sit xc skiing, ice skating, and sled skating at Wendell State Forest. Instruction, adaptive equipment, and assistance provided. 
    There is a wheelchair-accessible bathroom on site. 

    Please note that we are not able to offer snowmobile rides this winter due to not having the equipment available.

    Suggested donation:  $5/person

    Register online or call us with questions or to register via the phone at 413-584-2052.

    See more details

January 26, 2022
  • Senior Snowshoeing, UPDATED: DAR State Forest

    January 26, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    392 Wendell Rd, Millers Falls, MA 01349, USA

    Please note this program was originally scheduled for Wendell State Forest, it will now take place at DAR State Forest. 
     
     
    Join us for a one to three-mile guided snowshoe trek through the beautiful DAR State Forest in Wendell. Routes are chosen on the interest and ability of the group. Beginners are encouraged to participate.

    Please call us at 413.584.2052 to pre-register or Register on-line

    Time: There are two groups: 10AM - 12PM and 12PM - 2PM.

    Equipment:
    Snowshoes and poles provided.


    Where we meet: Main parking lot at DAR

    Cost: By donation, suggested amount: $20-$5 sliding scale.

    Please call us at 413.584.2052 to pre-register.

    GPS address: 78 Cape ST. Goshen MA

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January 27, 2022
  • SHIP Snowshoeing & Kicksledding

    January 27, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    DAR State Forest, 78 Cape Street, Goshen, MA 01032, USA

    Pre-registration required. We will follow CDC guidelines. Masks must be worn at all times and social distance maintained. 
     
    Group 1: Arrive at 11:00AM to sign in and get equipment. Activity is from 11:15 AM-12:45 PM
     
    Group 2:  Arrive at 1:15 PM to sign in and get equipment. Activity is from 1:30 PM-3:00 PM

    Join us for guided hiking with ice grippers and Snowshoeing activities at DAR State Forest in Goshen. Meet us outside in the main parking lot near the warming hut. 
     
    Equipment and instruction provided by our knowledgeable and friendly program staff. We have two kick sleds available for use as well.

    We will go together as a group. We will cover approximately 2-3 miles based on the group's ability and interest. We will cover flat ground, some gentle hills, and rolling terrain.

     
    Funding is also provided by Mass State Rehabilitation's Statewide Head Injury Program. $5/person participation fee; scholarships available if needed. 

    What to bring:
    Dress for winter. Wear boots for snowshoeing, work boots or hiking boots are good. Hat, gloves, scarf. Dress in layers. Bring a small backpack with a water bottle and snack. Extra warm layers.

     
    Important Information:

    There is an accessible porta-potty on site. The warming hut is not open this year.



    See more details

  • Veterans Snowshoeing & Kicksledding

    January 27, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    DAR State Forest, 78 Cape Street, Goshen, MA 01032, USA

    Pre-registration required. We will follow CDC guidelines. Masks must be worn at all times and social distance maintained. 
     
    Group 1: Arrive at 11:00AM to sign in and get equipment. Activity is from 11:15 AM-12:45 PM
     
    Group 2:  Arrive at 1:15 PM to sign in and get equipment. Activity is from 1:30 PM-3:00 PM

    Join us for guided hiking with ice grippers and Snowshoeing activities at DAR State Forest in Goshen. Meet us outside in the main parking lot near the warming hut. 
     
    Equipment and instruction provided by our knowledgeable and friendly program staff. We have two kick sleds available for use as well.

    We will go together as a group. We will cover approximately 2-3 miles based on the group's ability and interest. We will cover flat ground, some gentle hills, and rolling terrain.

    Funding provided by a grant through the Veterans Administration Adaptive Sports Grant


    This program is open to veterans and their loved ones.

     

    What to bring:
    Dress for winter. Wear boots for snowshoeing, work boots or hiking boots are good. Hat, gloves, scarf. Dress in layers. Bring a small backpack with a water bottle and snack. Extra warm layers.


    Important Information:

    There is an accessible porta-potty on site. The warming hut is not open this year.



    See more details

January 28, 2022
  • UAP Dunn Park Winter Outdoors

    January 28, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
    289 Pearl St, Gardner, MA 01440, USA

    Join us for accessible outdoor sled skating, kick sledding, or snowshoeing at Dunn State Park. Enjoy the beauty of winter exploring the wooded trails or while skating under the outdoor pavilion skating. Instruction, adaptive equipment, and assistance provided.  Register online or call 413-584-2052 for more details or if you prefer to register via the phone.

    Warm building with fireplace and indoor bathrooms on site.

    Bring your own ice skates or use an ice sled to glide around the rink.

    Skate walkers, sled skates, helmets, snowshoes, kick sleds, and ice grippers are available to borrow.

    Suggested donation:  $5/person,  pre-registration  required.

    See more details

January 29, 2022
  • UAP Wendell Outdoor Winter Recreation

    January 29, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Wendell State Forest Headquarters, 392 Wendell Rd, Millers Falls, MA 01349, USA

    Join us for accessible snowshoeing, kick sledding, sit xc skiing, ice skating, and sled skating at Wendell State Forest. Instruction, adaptive equipment, and assistance provided. 
    There is a wheelchair-accessible bathroom on site. 

    Please note that we are not able to offer snowmobile rides this winter due to not having the equipment available.

    Suggested donation:  $5/person

    Register online or call us with questions or to register via the phone at 413-584-2052.

    See more details

February 2, 2022
  • Senior Snowshoeing, DAR State Forest

    February 2, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    78 Cape St, Goshen, MA 01032, USA

    DAR State Forest
    78 Cape St. (Rte. 112) Goshen.
    Meet in Main Parking Lot.

    Join us for a one to three mile guided snowshoe trek through the beautiful DAR in Goshen. Routes chosen on the interest and ability of the group. Beginners are encouraged to participate.

    Groups leave at 10am and 12pm.

    Email us or call us at 413.584.2052 to pre-register. Snowshoes and poles provided. 

    Cost: There is no fee to participate in this program. Donations are gratefully accepted to offset the cost of the program. Suggested donation of $5-20

    See more details

February 3, 2022
  • SHIP Snowshoeing & Kicksledding

    February 3, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    DAR State Forest, 78 Cape Street, Goshen, MA 01032, USA

    Pre-registration required. We will follow CDC guidelines. Masks must be worn at all times and social distance maintained. 
     
    Group 1: Arrive at 11:00AM to sign in and get equipment. Activity is from 11:15 AM-12:45 PM
     
    Group 2:  Arrive at 1:15 PM to sign in and get equipment. Activity is from 1:30 PM-3:00 PM

    Join us for guided hiking with ice grippers and Snowshoeing activities at DAR State Forest in Goshen. Meet us outside in the main parking lot near the warming hut. 
     
    Equipment and instruction provided by our knowledgeable and friendly program staff. We have two kick sleds available for use as well.

    We will go together as a group. We will cover approximately 2-3 miles based on the group's ability and interest. We will cover flat ground, some gentle hills, and rolling terrain.

     
    Funding is also provided by Mass State Rehabilitation's Statewide Head Injury Program. $5/person participation fee; scholarships available if needed. 

    What to bring:
    Dress for winter. Wear boots for snowshoeing, work boots or hiking boots are good. Hat, gloves, scarf. Dress in layers. Bring a small backpack with a water bottle and snack. Extra warm layers.

     
    Important Information:

    There is an accessible porta-potty on site. The warming hut is not open this year.



    See more details

  • Veterans Snowshoeing & Kicksledding

    February 3, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    DAR State Forest, 78 Cape Street, Goshen, MA 01032, USA

    Pre-registration required. We will follow CDC guidelines. Masks must be worn at all times and social distance maintained. 
     
    Group 1: Arrive at 11:00AM to sign in and get equipment. Activity is from 11:15 AM-12:45 PM
     
    Group 2:  Arrive at 1:15 PM to sign in and get equipment. Activity is from 1:30 PM-3:00 PM

    Join us for guided hiking with ice grippers and Snowshoeing activities at DAR State Forest in Goshen. Meet us outside in the main parking lot near the warming hut. 
     
    Equipment and instruction provided by our knowledgeable and friendly program staff. We have two kick sleds available for use as well.

    We will go together as a group. We will cover approximately 2-3 miles based on the group's ability and interest. We will cover flat ground, some gentle hills, and rolling terrain.

    Funding provided by a grant through the Veterans Administration Adaptive Sports Grant


    This program is open to veterans and their loved ones.

     

    What to bring:
    Dress for winter. Wear boots for snowshoeing, work boots or hiking boots are good. Hat, gloves, scarf. Dress in layers. Bring a small backpack with a water bottle and snack. Extra warm layers.


    Important Information:

    There is an accessible porta-potty on site. The warming hut is not open this year.



    See more details

February 5, 2022
  • UAP Wendell Outdoor Winter Recreation

    February 5, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Wendell State Forest Headquarters, 392 Wendell Rd, Millers Falls, MA 01349, USA

    Join us for accessible snowshoeing, kick sledding, sit xc skiing, ice skating, and sled skating at Wendell State Forest. Instruction, adaptive equipment, and assistance provided. 
    There is a wheelchair-accessible bathroom on site. 

    Please note that we are not able to offer snowmobile rides this winter due to not having the equipment available.

    Suggested donation:  $5/person

    Register online or call us with questions or to register via the phone at 413-584-2052.

    See more details

February 9, 2022
  • Senior Snowshoeing, Mt. Tom

    February 9, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Mt Tom State Reservation, 125 Reservation Rd, Holyoke, MA, United States

    Join us for a one to three mile guided snowshoe trek through the beautiful Mt. Tom State Reservation in Holyoke. Routes chosen on the interest and ability of the group. Beginners are encouraged to participate.

    Time: There are two groups: 10AM - 12PM and 12PM - 2PM.

    Please call us at 413.584.2052 to pre-register or register online

    Equipment: Snowshoes and poles provided.
    Where we meet:
    Enter the park from the main entrance on Rte. 5 in Holyoke. Across from the old Competitive Edge Ski Shop. Drive in to the park and we will meet at the concrete building on Bray Lake. There are restrooms inside the building.

    Cost: By donation, suggested amount: $20-$5 sliding scale.

    See more details

February 10, 2022
  • SHIP Snowshoeing & Kicksledding

    February 10, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    DAR State Forest, 78 Cape Street, Goshen, MA 01032, USA

    Pre-registration required. We will follow CDC guidelines. Masks must be worn at all times and social distance maintained. 
     
    Group 1: Arrive at 11:00AM to sign in and get equipment. Activity is from 11:15 AM-12:45 PM
     
    Group 2:  Arrive at 1:15 PM to sign in and get equipment. Activity is from 1:30 PM-3:00 PM

    Join us for guided hiking with ice grippers and Snowshoeing activities at DAR State Forest in Goshen. Meet us outside in the main parking lot near the warming hut. 
     
    Equipment and instruction provided by our knowledgeable and friendly program staff. We have two kick sleds available for use as well.

    We will go together as a group. We will cover approximately 2-3 miles based on the group's ability and interest. We will cover flat ground, some gentle hills, and rolling terrain.

     
    Funding is also provided by Mass State Rehabilitation's Statewide Head Injury Program. $5/person participation fee; scholarships available if needed. 

    What to bring:
    Dress for winter. Wear boots for snowshoeing, work boots or hiking boots are good. Hat, gloves, scarf. Dress in layers. Bring a small backpack with a water bottle and snack. Extra warm layers.

     
    Important Information:

    There is an accessible porta-potty on site. The warming hut is not open this year.



    See more details

  • Veterans Snowshoeing & Kicksledding

    February 10, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    DAR State Forest, 78 Cape Street, Goshen, MA 01032, USA

    Pre-registration required. We will follow CDC guidelines. Masks must be worn at all times and social distance maintained. 
     
    Group 1: Arrive at 11:00AM to sign in and get equipment. Activity is from 11:15 AM-12:45 PM
     
    Group 2:  Arrive at 1:15 PM to sign in and get equipment. Activity is from 1:30 PM-3:00 PM

    Join us for guided hiking with ice grippers and Snowshoeing activities at DAR State Forest in Goshen. Meet us outside in the main parking lot near the warming hut. 
     
    Equipment and instruction provided by our knowledgeable and friendly program staff. We have two kick sleds available for use as well.

    We will go together as a group. We will cover approximately 2-3 miles based on the group's ability and interest. We will cover flat ground, some gentle hills, and rolling terrain.

    Funding provided by a grant through the Veterans Administration Adaptive Sports Grant


    This program is open to veterans and their loved ones.

     

    What to bring:
    Dress for winter. Wear boots for snowshoeing, work boots or hiking boots are good. Hat, gloves, scarf. Dress in layers. Bring a small backpack with a water bottle and snack. Extra warm layers.


    Important Information:

    There is an accessible porta-potty on site. The warming hut is not open this year.



    See more details

February 11, 2022
  • UAP Dunn Park Winter Outdoors

    February 11, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
    289 Pearl St, Gardner, MA 01440, USA

    Join us for accessible outdoor sled skating, kick sledding, or snowshoeing at Dunn State Park. Enjoy the beauty of winter exploring the wooded trails or while skating under the outdoor pavilion skating. Instruction, adaptive equipment, and assistance provided.  Register online or call 413-584-2052 for more details or if you prefer to register via the phone.

    Warm building with fireplace and indoor bathrooms on site.

    Bring your own ice skates or use an ice sled to glide around the rink.

    Skate walkers, sled skates, helmets, snowshoes, kick sleds, and ice grippers are available to borrow.

    Suggested donation:  $5/person,  pre-registration  required.

    See more details

February 12, 2022
  • UAP Wendell Outdoor Winter Recreation

    February 12, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Wendell State Forest Headquarters, 392 Wendell Rd, Millers Falls, MA 01349, USA

    Join us for accessible snowshoeing, kick sledding, sit xc skiing, ice skating, and sled skating at Wendell State Forest. Instruction, adaptive equipment, and assistance provided. 
    There is a wheelchair-accessible bathroom on site. 

    Please note that we are not able to offer snowmobile rides this winter due to not having the equipment available.

    Suggested donation:  $5/person

    Register online or call us with questions or to register via the phone at 413-584-2052.

    See more details

February 16, 2022
  • Senior Snowshoeing, UPDATED: Mt. Tom

    February 16, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Mt Tom State Reservation, 125 Reservation Rd, Holyoke, MA, United States

    NOTE: This program was originally scheduled for Wendell State Forest. It is happening at Mt. Tom
     
    Join us for a one to three mile guided snowshoe trek through the beautiful Mt. Tom State Reservation in Holyoke. Routes chosen on the interest and ability of the group. Beginners are encouraged to participate.

    Time: There are two groups: 10AM - 12PM and 12PM - 2PM.

    Please call us at 413.584.2052 to pre-register or register online

    Equipment: Snowshoes and poles provided.
    Where we meet:
    Enter the park from the main entrance on Rte. 5 in Holyoke. Across from the old Competitive Edge Ski Shop. Drive in to the park and we will meet at the concrete building on Bray Lake. There are restrooms inside the building.

    Cost: By donation, suggested amount: $20-$5 sliding scale.

    See more details

February 17, 2022
  • SHIP Snowshoeing & Kicksledding

    February 17, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    DAR State Forest, 78 Cape Street, Goshen, MA 01032, USA

    Pre-registration required. We will follow CDC guidelines. Masks must be worn at all times and social distance maintained. 
     
    Group 1: Arrive at 11:00AM to sign in and get equipment. Activity is from 11:15 AM-12:45 PM
     
    Group 2:  Arrive at 1:15 PM to sign in and get equipment. Activity is from 1:30 PM-3:00 PM

    Join us for guided hiking with ice grippers and Snowshoeing activities at DAR State Forest in Goshen. Meet us outside in the main parking lot near the warming hut. 
     
    Equipment and instruction provided by our knowledgeable and friendly program staff. We have two kick sleds available for use as well.

    We will go together as a group. We will cover approximately 2-3 miles based on the group's ability and interest. We will cover flat ground, some gentle hills, and rolling terrain.

     
    Funding is also provided by Mass State Rehabilitation's Statewide Head Injury Program. $5/person participation fee; scholarships available if needed. 

    What to bring:
    Dress for winter. Wear boots for snowshoeing, work boots or hiking boots are good. Hat, gloves, scarf. Dress in layers. Bring a small backpack with a water bottle and snack. Extra warm layers.

     
    Important Information:

    There is an accessible porta-potty on site. The warming hut is not open this year.



    See more details

  • Veterans Snowshoeing & Kicksledding

    February 17, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    DAR State Forest, 78 Cape Street, Goshen, MA 01032, USA

    Pre-registration required. We will follow CDC guidelines. Masks must be worn at all times and social distance maintained. 
     
    Group 1: Arrive at 11:00AM to sign in and get equipment. Activity is from 11:15 AM-12:45 PM
     
    Group 2:  Arrive at 1:15 PM to sign in and get equipment. Activity is from 1:30 PM-3:00 PM

    Join us for guided hiking with ice grippers and Snowshoeing activities at DAR State Forest in Goshen. Meet us outside in the main parking lot near the warming hut. 
     
    Equipment and instruction provided by our knowledgeable and friendly program staff. We have two kick sleds available for use as well.

    We will go together as a group. We will cover approximately 2-3 miles based on the group's ability and interest. We will cover flat ground, some gentle hills, and rolling terrain.

    Funding provided by a grant through the Veterans Administration Adaptive Sports Grant


    This program is open to veterans and their loved ones.

     

    What to bring:
    Dress for winter. Wear boots for snowshoeing, work boots or hiking boots are good. Hat, gloves, scarf. Dress in layers. Bring a small backpack with a water bottle and snack. Extra warm layers.


    Important Information:

    There is an accessible porta-potty on site. The warming hut is not open this year.



    See more details

February 18, 2022
  • UAP Dunn Park Winter Outdoors

    February 18, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
    289 Pearl St, Gardner, MA 01440, USA

    Join us for accessible outdoor sled skating, kick sledding, or snowshoeing at Dunn State Park. Enjoy the beauty of winter exploring the wooded trails or while skating under the outdoor pavilion skating. Instruction, adaptive equipment, and assistance provided.  Register online or call 413-584-2052 for more details or if you prefer to register via the phone.

    Warm building with fireplace and indoor bathrooms on site.

    Bring your own ice skates or use an ice sled to glide around the rink.

    Skate walkers, sled skates, helmets, snowshoes, kick sleds, and ice grippers are available to borrow.

    Suggested donation:  $5/person,  pre-registration  required.

    See more details

February 19, 2022
  • UAP Wendell Outdoor Winter Recreation

    February 19, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Wendell State Forest Headquarters, 392 Wendell Rd, Millers Falls, MA 01349, USA

    Join us for accessible snowshoeing, kick sledding, sit xc skiing, ice skating, and sled skating at Wendell State Forest. Instruction, adaptive equipment, and assistance provided. 
    There is a wheelchair-accessible bathroom on site. 

    Please note that we are not able to offer snowmobile rides this winter due to not having the equipment available.

    Suggested donation:  $5/person

    Register online or call us with questions or to register via the phone at 413-584-2052.

    See more details