In the Great Hall:
Paintings and Photography by Nicole Werth
June 2, 2013 - June 30, 2013
Sat., June 1, 2013 (10:00 am - 2:00 pm) 8th Annual Family Fishing Day
Adults and children of all ages can join refuge staff, staff from the state of MA, educators from Northfield Mountain, and volunteers in a day of fishing fun! Activities include: a live sturgeon exhibit, hands-on fly fishing demonstrations, fly-tying lessons, fishing at Unity Park, fish printing, aquatic insect investigations, raffles, and more! All equipment is provided and no fishing licenses are required to participate.
Sun., June 2, 16, 30, 2013 (8:30 am - 9:30 am) Canal-side Nature Walk
Meet outside the main entrance to the Discovery Center at 8:30 am. We will leisurely explore level, paved bike trails and village sidewalks to learn about plants, animals, and mill town history. Topics may include birds, fish, invasive species, wildflowers, and cultural or industrial history. Please wear appropriate footwear, bring water, bug repellant, and sunscreen.
Tues., June 4, 11, 18, 25, 2013 (10:30 am - 11:30 am) Kidleidoscope
Kidleidoscope is a kid-friendly, environmental experience for very young children. Each topic is based on the theme “we share our home” and includes a story, interactive game, and craft
activity to help you and your child understand the natural world around us. Recommended for ages from 3-6 years who must be accompanied by an adult.
Sat., June 8, 2013 (1:00 pm - 3:00 pm) Artist Reception
Join us in the Great Hall to welcome painter and photographer Nicole Werth, and to view her exhibit, “Plants and Animals of the Connecticut River Valley: An Exploration of Native and Non-native Species from Canada to Connecticut.” Refreshments will be served.
Sun., June 9 & 23, 2013 (2:00 pm - 3:00 pm) Habitat Highlights Museum Tour
Explore the center’s Connecticut River watershed dioramas in a guided tour of the special habitats along the river. Each habitat plays a vital role in creating a home or rest stop for the thousands of animals and plants that depend on the watershed. From bogs to estuaries to floodplains and more, we will explore the different types of homes that rivers create.
Fri., June 14, 2013 (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm) The Great Falls Coffeehouse Presents: Mandeville & Richards
Lovers of Americana and old country music will enjoy Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards, a folk duo from Massachusetts, whose combinations of familiar melodies and poignant lyrics are backed with delicate arrangements on ukulele, clarinet, guitar, and banjo.
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.
Sat., June 15, 2013 (10:30 am - 11:30 am) Bike Path Bingo! Canal-side Nature Walk for Kids
Kids, grab your parents, bug spray, and sunscreen, and then we’ll go exploring! All ages are welcome as we practice examining the natural world with field guides, binoculars, and a fun game to see just how much you can see!
Thurs., June 20, 2013 (6:45 pm) Museum Tour with Mural Painter Frank Gregory & Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center Annual Meeting
Meet the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center and learn how you can become a friend too! Then join us for a special museum tour with Frank Gregory at 7 pm, the artist who painted all of the amazing murals in the Great Falls Discovery Center exhibits. Get the behind the scenes scoop on how the museum was born! Light refreshments provided.
Fri., June 21, 2013 Summer Evening Hours Start Today on the Solstice!
The center will be open every Friday and Saturday until 8:00 pm until September.
Fri., June 21, 2013 (6:00 pm – 7:00 pm) Watershed History: The Grand Trunk Hotel
What was so grand about the Grand Trunk Hotel in Turners Falls? Right next to where the center is today, the hotel was built in 1872 and taken down in 1968. We’ll use our imaginations, old photographs, and testimonials to piece together the story of grand old days in Turners Falls.
Sat., June 22, 2013 (10:30 am - 12:00 pm) Watershed Investigators: Creepy, Crawly, Insect Investigation
“Watershed Investigators” is a monthly kid-oriented program that focuses on hands-on discovery of local nature. Join refuge staff as we explore different ways to look at the natural world around us. Methods of discovery may include crafts, games, stories, and exploration. This program is geared towards grades 2-5, but everyone is welcome.
Fri., June 28, 2013 (6:00 pm - 7:00 pm) Watershed Poets
Join us to take a new look at the natural world around you. Watershed Poets explores the plants and animals of the Connecticut River watershed as seen through the eyes of local poets. We will investigate birds, wildflowers, trees, the poetry of field guides, and the wonders of the watershed. Enjoy a lively discussion of works by poets such as Emily Dickinson, Frederick Goddard Tuckerman, Wallace Stevens, and more!
Sat., June 29, 2013 (12:30 pm - 2:30 pm) Water Under the Bridge Bike Tour
Join us for a leisurely two-hour bike tour along the Turners Falls Bike Path that highlights the history of the bridges in Turners Falls and Montague City. Come learn about the many challenges associated with getting over the Connecticut River historically in our villages. Bring your bike, water, bug spray, helmet, and sun block.