PRINCETON -- A special event will take place at the summit fire tower at Mount Wachusett State Reservation on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 345 Mountain Road.
Learn about the history of Smokey Bear, the U.S. Forest Service character who has helped spread the message about preventing forest fires since 1945. Learn about the bear cub rescued from a forest fire in 1950 who became the real-life Smokey Bear for many years. Forest-fire rangers will take a few visitors at a time up into the fire tower; the climb up the steps is steep and may not be suitable for people afraid of heights. There may also be a wait in line to have the fire ranger escort you to the top of the tower, but it will be worth the wait for a rare opportunity to learn what forest fire rangers do and to enjoy the spectacular view. Fire-prevention awareness promotional items will be available.
Participants may either hike or drive to the summit. All children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. The program is free, but there is a $5 fee to drive on the Auto Road to the summit ($10 for non-Massachusetts vehicles). For more information, call 978-464-2987.