Tuesday, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (10:30 am – 11:30 am) Kidleidoscope
Kidleidoscope is a kid-friendly, hands-on environmental experience for very young children presented in a fun, age-appropriate manner. Each topic includes a story, interactive games and activities, and a craft to help you and your child understand the world around us. Programming recommended for ages 3-6 with a parent or guardian. Each session will have a theme: squirrels (8/2), bees (8/9), bats (8/16), moose (8/23), and butterflies (8/30). Call 413.863.3221 or visit: www.greatfallsma.org for more details.
Saturday, August 6 (8:00 am – 9:30 am) “Know Where You Live” Nature Walk
“That’s In My Backyard?” Come explore plants and history with us on the bike path. Meet at the Discovery Center. All ages and interests welcome. Flat terrain along the canal-side bike path.
Saturday, August 6 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm) Artist Reception
Join us for a reception recognizing Rollin Atkinson, whose work is featured in the Great Hall for the month of August. Light refreshments available.
Sunday, August 7 (2:00 pm – 3:30 pm) Watershed Poets and Watershed Wildflowers
Join us at the Great Falls Discovery Center for a FREE program. Obsessing about wildflowers is quite natural for poets. Come learn about the wildflowers of the Connecticut River Watershed and the poets here who have loved them. Hear from poets Emily Dickinson, Frederick Goddard Tuckerman, and more! Weather permitting we may stroll along the Canal-side Bike Path to view wildflowers and write about them ourselves. We will consider ways to honor our own favorite wildflowers through words and through conservation. For more information call (413) 863-3221
Friday, August 12 (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm) GFDC Friends presents Coffeehouse Series
The Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host local bands, singers, and musicians in the Great Hall on the second Friday of each month. Doors open at 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7 pm. Refreshments available. Museum and museum store open at intermission. Donations ($6–$12 suggested) help the Friends support free programming at the Great Falls Discovery Center.
Tonight, Al Canali & Small Change will help us beat the heat with cool swing, jazz, country, folk, a capella, and a few other genres that defy categorization.
Saturday, August 13 (10:30 am – 2:00 pm) Second Saturday Children’s Series: Dinosaur Footprints
If you were around millions of years ago, you'd have to watch out for towering dinosaurs as they walked this earth. Stop by the Great Hall today between 10:30 and 2:00 to check out some dinosaur footprints and explore a creature from a distant past!
Join us on the grounds of the Great Falls Discovery Center for activities, displays, and crafts about the natural world during this town-wide celebration of Turners Falls.
Sunday, August 14 (2:00 pm – 3:30 pm) Watershed Poets and Watershed Birds
Join us at the Great Falls Discovery Center for a FREE program. How many ways can you look at a blackbird? Wallace Stevens found thirteen. Emily Dickinson knew that the oriole was “a Pleader – a Dissembler – an Epicure – a Thief.” Obsessing about birds is quite natural for poets. Come learn about the birds of the Connecticut River Watershed and the poets here who have loved them. Consider ways to honor your own favorite avian friends through words and through conservation. For more information call (413) 863-3221.
Thursday, August 18 (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm) Turners Falls: A Planned Industrial Community- History of its Early Development (1866-1914)
Join Refuge staff as we take a virtual walk through Historic Downtown Turners Falls with Frank Abbondanzio of the Town of Montague. Learn about the power of the Connecticut River on the location and formation of manufacturing and milling within the community. This program is free and is adult-oriented, but families are welcome to attend.
Saturday, August 20 (8:00 am – 9:30 am) “Know Where You Live” Nature Walk
“They Live Here Too” Come explore animals and insects with us on the bike path. Meet at the Discovery Center. All ages and interests welcome. Flat terrain along the canal-side bike path.
Saturday, August 20 (11:00 am – 2:00 pm) Canoe Trip on the Connecticut River Water Trail
Join us for a FREE canoe trip, sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, starting in Montague City and following the Connecticut River Water Trail, a protected section of the river.
For ages 10 and up, more details to follow. Please call (413) 863-3221 for more details and to reserve your spot! It will be a leisurely paddle downstream viewing our unique natural history.
Friday, August 26 (10:30 am – 11:30 am) Fourth Friday Young Children’s Story Hour
Trees are amazing plants! Come check out some creative ways to study them!
Story hour is especially for children ages 3-6. After the story, you can join us for an activity or craft.
Saturday, August 27 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Investigation Station
Why are Monarch butterflies orange? Why do stink bugs stink? Investigate these questions and more in the Beetles and Butterflies station.
Visit the Investigation Station on the 4th Friday of each month (located at the front desk). A variety of topics are covered throughout the year.
Sunday, August 28 (8:00 am – 9:30 am) Canal-side Bike Path Nature Walk
Start the day off right with an early morning nature walk! We will leisurely explore level paved bike trails and village sidewalks. Meet outside the main entrance to the Discovery Center at 8 am. Learn about plants, animals, and mill town history along the Canal-side Bike Path of Turners Falls. Topics may include birds, fish, invasive species, wildflowers, cultural or industrial history, and more! Please wear appropriate footwear, bring water, bug repellent, and sun screen. For more information, call (413) 863-3221.