February 2016 program listings at the Great Falls Discovery Center
The Great Falls Discovery Center’s winter seasonal hours are Wednesdays through Sundays 10 am to 4 pm, and Tuesdays by appointment.
All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted.
Facilities are accessible.
Great Hall Art Display: Portraits of African Americans, Past and Present
An Exhibition by Louise Minks (painting) and Belinda Lyons Zucker (sculpture)
February 5 through the end of March
Three Fridays in February
10:30 — 11:30 am
Kidleidoscope— 2/5: Winter Birds 2/19: Bobcats 2/26: Owls
Come learn about our neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River watershed. Each program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce you and your child to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6.
1— 3:30 pm with lecture at 2:30 pm
Artist Reception: Portraits of African Americans, Past and Present
Turners Falls RiverCulture presents an art exhibit featuring near life size paintings by Louise Minks and fabric sculpture by Belinda Lyons Zucker. Tim Neumann, of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, will give a lecture, “A Web of Community: Slavery in a Rural New England Town” at 2:30 pm.
Great Falls Coffeehouse— David Fersh offers a concert version of his recent album “Songs of Peace, Protest & Spirit.” Each month the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local musical talent. Refreshments available. Museum and museum store open during intermission.
10 am – 4 pm
School Vacation Week— Open Every Day All Week Long —
We are expanding our winter hours this week so stop by for investigation stations on planting seeds on 2/15, making your own nature journal on 2/16, exploring mammal adaptations to winter on 2/17, indoor birding on 2/18, and bobcats on 2/19.
Who do you love? — Valentines for Wildlife
For all ages, come make Valentines to give to the ones you love, keep for yourself, or give to your favorite wildlife biologist—all in honor of your favorite animal.
Canal Stroll along Migratory Way— Dress warm in layers with winter boots for a moderate walk along Migratory Way for about 2.5 miles. For adults and sturdy young hikers with an adult. Meet at main entrance of the center.
February 20 12—3 pm
The Nolumbeka Project’s Full Snow Moon Gathering— Jennifer Lee (Metis/Narragansett, Pequot) will share her personal journey as a Native American descendant and her explorations of history and culture.
Build a Blue Bird House— Help the blue birds in your neighborhood get ready
for spring nesting by building a birdhouse with specifications just for them. Please register to reserve your space. Call 413-863-3221. Free.
4— 6 pm
From Africa to Hip Hop— Hear the history of music from New York spoken word poet Bob McNeil. His lecture will celebrate music through essays, poems, stories and quotes, as part of Turners Falls RiverCulture’s Black History Month.
Visitor Services Supervisor, DCR Mass Parks
Great Falls Discovery Center
Connecticut River Gateway State Park
2 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376
Office Hours: Wednesday through Sunday