Stop by the Great Falls Discovery Center to view the Connecticut River watershed exhibits and talk with a park interpreter about the many special habitats along the river and its tributaries. Each Sunday afternoon in September we will focus on a different type of habitat in the watershed of the largest river in New England. We will have informal conversations with photos, field guides, anecdotes, and examinations of the different qualities of water’s homes – from bogs to estuaries to floodplains and more.
Kidleidoscope is a kid friendly, environmental experience for very young children. Each topic includes a story, an interactive game, and craft activity to help you and your child understand the natural world around us. Recommended ages from 3-6 years and must be accompanied by an adult. Topics for this month include snakes, raptors, bats, and squirrels.
Friday, Sept. 7, 21, 28 2012, and Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, (6:30 pm – 9:00 pm) Turners Falls RiverCulture History Program
RiverCulture hosts a series of talks on four immigrant groups that settled in Turners Falls during industrialization (German, French Canadian, Irish, and Polish/other Eastern European). Includes panel discussions, music, exhibits with story boards and photos, and recordings of oral history. Check www.greatfallsma.org for more details.
Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm) Artist Reception: Peter J. Crowley
Join us in the Great hall in welcoming our new artist of the month. Peter J. Crowley, a photographer from Connecticut, will be displaying his photographs throughout the month of September. Join us on this Saturday for a reception with this fine art photographer! Refreshments will be served.
Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 (2:00 pm – 3:00 pm) Watershed History: The Grand Trunk Hotel
What was so grand about the Grand Trunk Hotel in Turners Falls? Come to the Great Falls Discovery Center to find out! We’ll explore the site of the old hotel, right next to the Discovery Center, that was built in 1872 and taken down in the 1960s, and then we’ll use our imaginations, old photographs, and testimonials to piece together the story of grand old days in Turners Falls. For more information call (413) 863-3221 or visit www.greatfallsma.org.
Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm) Blame it On Tina preforms at the Great Falls Coffeehouse
Doors open at 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7:00. Refreshments will be available. Museum and Museum Store are open during intermission. Donations ($6-$12 suggested at the door) help the Friends support free nature programs at the Center. The Friends of Great Falls Discovery Center host local bands, singers, and individual musicians in the Great Hall on the second Friday of each month, except for December.
A small patch of land sits in the middle of the Connecticut River at Turners Falls – sandwiched between the power canal on one side and the largest river in New England on the other. The history of “The Patch” is the story of industrialization, immigration, fish, birds, rocks, resilience, and more. We’ll explore some of these stories during a leisurely stroll through the little neighborhood with eight streets and paths through the woods and amazing views. We will meet at the corner of Avenue A and Eleventh Street in Turners Falls, near the canal side bike path to start our journey. For more information call (413) 863-3221.
Forest Management: An exploration of our culture's perceptions of the relationship of people to the rest of the natural world, and the impact of those perceptions on our approach to environmental issues. Join Helen Johnson, a service forester with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation as we dive into the subject of forest management.
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 (12:00 pm - 2:00 pm) Watershed History: Brick By Brick the Bickyards of Montague City
Come learn about brick manufacturing in Montague City and Turners Falls and the architectural styles and designs with brick in Turners Falls. Just how did they build a planned industrial community in Turners Falls so quickly in the 1870s? With a very local, fireproof, and cheap approach – bricks from the clay of the Connecticut River. For more information call (413) 863-3221.
Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 (10:30 am - 11:30 am) Discovery Hour: “In the Woods”
This months story “In the Woods” will help us learn about things that can be found in the woods. Touchable artifacts, stories, games, and art will help us explore!
Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 (8:00 am – 4:00 pm ) Source to Sea
The Source to Sea Cleanup is an annual one-day coordinated cleanup of the rivers, streams and banks that make up the vast Connecticut River system. On a fall Saturday, thousands of volunteers of all ages and abilities head out to places of their choice all along the four-state watershed to clean the Connecticut River and its tributaries on foot or by boat. They work hard. In 2011, about 1,500 volunteers pulled over 51 tons of trash from about 60 miles of river banks and waterways. Volunteers use human power and sometimes heavy equipment to pull out everything from recyclables, fishing equipment and food waste to tires, televisions and refrigerators. We will be meeting at the Great Falls Discovery Center on September 29th to do our part. Help spread the word and bring a friend. See http://ctriver.org/p...a_cleanup/index.html for more information about the cleanup initiative
The Great Falls Discovery Center's Seventh Annual Family Fish Day event takes place from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Registration is at the Great Falls Discovery Center. Free raffle for everything from fishing gear to fishing trips! No need to bring any equipment, we have it all. Learn how to tie flies, cast fly fishing rods, and go fishing at Unity Park. There will also be face painting and fish printing! Also new this year, tour the Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge's mobile visitor center the Watershed on Wheels Express. Investigate interactive kiosks about the Connecticut River watershed and explore the habitat immersion trailer. This event happens as a result of generous donations from local businnesses with help from local volunteers as well as the State of MA, Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, State of MA, Department of Conservation Recreation, and the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. Come celebrate!
The Great Falls Discovery Center has 19 events/programs scheduled during June. In addition to the calendar on MontagueMA.net check out www.greatfallsma.net and the the Facebook page of Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center for more info and updates.
The GFDC was packed for both owl presentations on Saturday, May 14. Thank you to all that attended
These programs are free of charge and brought to the public through the efforts of US Fish and Wildlife staff and the " Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center". We hope you had a good time.
Check out www.greatfallsma.org or join us on Face book at " Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center' for upcoming programs and updated information.
The Great Falls Discovery Center is now open 7 days a week from 10 am to 4 pm until mid- October.
Please go to www.greatfallsma.org for programming info and also please join us on facebook at " Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center"
The Great Falls Discovery Center is a partnership which includes DCR, US Fish and Wildlife, Town of Montague, and “Friends of GFDC”. If the United States Congress and President Obama do not agree on a fiscal budget by Friday, April 8th, then this coming weekend programming at the Discovery Center will be cancelled. U.S. Government employees, such as those that conduct the programming at the GFDC, are not allowed to do their normal activities on a volunteer basis. A government shutdown can affect many facets of community life that sometimes is taken for granted.
Please call the Discovery Center at 863-3221 if you were planning on attending the Second Saturday Children's workshop on April 9th.
Meet some of the young artists that created this month's art display in the Great Hall of the Discovery Center. Open reception is on Saturday, March 5, from 1-3 pm.
The art work will be on display through March 27.
Told and Retold: Art Exhibit by the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association/Memorial Hall Museum
Serving as a conversation-starter, art created by Northfield Elementary School students explores how we talk about war--as adults and as families. Relating to photographs and documents in Memorial Hall Museum's collection and several children's picture books, the exhibit is inspired by the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association's NEA-sponsored BIG READ of Tim O'Brien's novel, "The Things They
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.
For more info please call 863-3221. Also check out the "Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center" on Facebook and get automatic updates on all the FREE, educational and entertaining programming offered at the center.
In the Great Hall
Fine Fishing Artwork by Jim Roszel
Now – February 28, 2011
Feb. 5, 2011 (1:00 pm - 3:00 pm): Artist reception for Jim Roszel
Come meet fish artist Jim Roszel. Explore his works of fine art with a fishing theme that include still life, oils, and watercolors. His portraits feature life-sized renditions that have brilliant colors and textures and are catch-and-release friendly.
Feb. 11, 2011 (7:00 – 9:00): Friends’ Coffee House Series presents Mando Paradiso, an 8 piece mandolin ensemble.
The Great Falls Coffeehouse presents Mando Paradiso. Mando Paradiso is an 8 piece ensemble of 4 mandolins, a mandola, 2 guitars and a bass. This group plays music from the early 20th century including traditional Italian waltzes, marches, polkas and mazurkas, as well as other ethnic music, some light classical selections, and some popular tunes from the time before TV when people got together in their parlors for entertainment.
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.
Feb. 12, 2011 (10:30 am - 2:00 pm): Second Saturday Children’s Series
Join us the second Saturday of every month for a day of children’s activities. Daily activities may include crafts, games, investigations, or outdoor adventures. Drop in at your convenience any time between 10:30 am and 2:00 pm. Call ahead for more details at (413) 863-3221.
This month, learn about birds that stick around in the winter. Make a bird feeder using recycled goods and investigate how the shape of birds’ beaks affects their choice of food. This program is appropriate for all ages.
Feb. 17, 2011 (7:00 - 8:30 pm): Climate change and water resources: expectations and uncertainties in natural systems.
Join Associate Professor of Watershed Management and Water Quality with the University of Massachusetts to learn how climate change and the hydrologic cycle are coupled. This program will also discuss how conservation done at the watershed level increases the ability of an ecosystem to withstand a changing environment.
Feb. 23 – 26, 2011(10:30 am - 4:00 pm): Center open for school vacation week Wednesday through Saturday.
Feb. 25, 2011(10:30 – 11:30): Young Children’s Story Hour
Join Refuge staff as we read the children’s story Stellaluna, a story about a baby bat that is raised by a family of birds. The story explores the life history of bats and examines the similarities and differences between bats and birds. This story is appropriate for ages 3-6. Immediately following the story, an age appropriate activity will be offered.
Feb. 25, 2011 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm): What Do Animals Eat?
Stop by the Discovery Center at your convenience between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm to partake in this mystery hunt activity. Look though the exhibits to find animals that are hungry, and help them decide what type of food to eat! This activity is appropriate for ages 4 – 10.
Feb. 26, 2011 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm): Come see this month’s investigation station at the front desk!
The fourth Saturday of every month, come into the Discovery Center to learn something new about the environment! An investigation station will be set up at the front desk with interesting items for you to touch and see.
Ever wonder why rivers flood in the spring? This month’s investigation station will answer this question! Our interactive watershed model will help us to examine snow melt and to demonstrate where all of that melting snow goes in the watershed.
Friends Coffeehouse hosts Mando Paradiso Mandolin Orchestra. Doors open at 6:30.
The Great Falls Coffeehouse presents Mando Paradiso, playing tunes from the early 20th century—that long-ago time before TV when people got together in the parlor to play and listen to music. Four mandolins, one mandola, two guitars, and a bass will treat you to traditional Italian waltzes, marches, polkas, mazurkas, light classical selections, and popular tunes—a gentle feast for the ears!
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 nature programming at the Great Falls Discovery Center.
In the Great Hall-Fine Fishing Artwork by James Roszel
Since the age of four, Jim Roszel spent summers at his grandparent’s cottage on Harsens Island fishing the North Channel of the St. Clair River.
Catching many perch, rock bass, smallmouth and the occasional walleye from their dock, he loved fishing immediately.
Jim's artistic talent showed at an early age. He was encouraged to develop his skills through the study of Art at Michigan State University. After college Jim moved to Boston to paint and learn art conservation apprenticing with, Mark Sirdevan, a respected conservator.
After a number of years of apprenticeship, Jim opened The Oil Painting Conservation Studio commissioning projects for Boston College, Brown University, Cohasset Historical Society, Whistler Museum, Groton Historical Society, Town of Norwood, prominent galleries in Boston, and art collectors nationwide. Jim benefited from the close-up contact with great artwork by Edwin Lord Weeks, Frederic Church, Joseph DeCamp, Abbott Fuller Graves, Francis Augustus Silvia, Thomas Cole, Earnest Lawson, and Frank Benson. The experience taught Jim how to construct a painting that will last for generations.
Finding his true calling, Jim Roszel combined his passion for fly fishing and painting, resulting in the inspiration and creation of Fishing Artworks. Jim currently fishes the waters of Massachusetts with his family and friends.
Join local expert, Joe Judd, in a discussion about the re-establishment of Eastern wild turkeys to Massachusetts. These birds, once removed from our landscape have rebounded to the largest population dating back to the time of the Pilgrims.
Held in the Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center at 2 Avenue A in Turners Falls on Thursday, November 18th, evening from 7-8:30 pm. Doors open at 6:30 and FREE.
Are bats really scary? Do they actually get stuck in your hair? Learn answers to these questions and more during an hour long celebration of bats! Children will be able to hear a story, investigate our bat mystery box, learn what it is like to be a bat through games, and make their own bat mask! This program is aimed at ages 4-11, although everyone is welcome! Also, while at the center, pick up a Halloween treat!
Falcons at the Center
Saturday Oct 16, 2010, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week with Falconer, Chris Davis
Master falconer, Chris Davis will present a live bird program and demonstration. Come celebrate National Wildlife Refuge week. Eat cake and enjoy learning about the world of falconry. Free and get here early for a great up front seat.
Shingle the Roof Old Timey String band plays tonight at the Discovery Center starting at 7pm; doors open at 6:30. Join your friends and neighbors for an evening of foot stamping infectious fiddle, banjo and guitar with lots of great vocals!
Conversation and insights into the history of Native Americans in the Montague area. Panel will answer questions about current events and discuss and give insights into the prospects for a future Native American cultural center in the region.
Held in the Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A in Turners Falls. Doors open at 6:30 pm.
September 1 - 30, 2010 there is a wonderful display of "Birds of the Massachusetts Coast:" photographs By John Van De Graaff in the Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center.
On Saturday,September 11, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Stop by the center and meet photographer, John de Graaff, who's exhibit is entitled
"Birds of the Massachusetts Coast: Piping Plovers and More"
The majority of his images are from Mass Audubon’s Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary
in Westport (south of New Bedford), which he's visited regularly for the past few years. The shots focus especially on the birds’ characteristic activities--especially the breeding and feeding behaviors of piping plovers and least terns. Some fifteen pairs of piping plovers nest at Allens Pond each season, and up to 200 pairs of least terns. Stop by and see these amazing images.
Gravestone Geology: From Rocks to Remembrance: A Brief History of Pioneer Valley Gravestones
Historical archaeologist Bob Drinkwater will present a program on gravestone geology at 7:00 p.m. this Thursday, August 19, at Great Falls Discovery Center. Bob's presentation will include the materials, sources, and succession of materials used in gravestones in the Pioneer Valley from the 18th century to the present. Marie Ferre, Archivist at the Association for Gravestone Studies, will also be there, with a table full of information on gravestones and AGS.
Bob Drinkwater has been recording, photographing, and reporting on the 18th and 19th century gravestones and stonecutters of Massachusetts for the last 40 years. He is a charter member and past president of the Association of Gravestone Studies, where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees. He offers a workshop, "Gravestone Studies 101: A Survey of Gravestone Art in the Pioneer Valley," at Greenfield Community College. He holds a masters degree in Anthropology from UMass-Amherst.
With a degree in Art History from Boston university, Marie Ferre has worked at Vanderbilt, Mount Holyoke, and Dickinson colleges. Her interest in the social history of New England gravestones grew to include their art and philosophy, as encouraged by Dickinson colleague Allan Ludwig, whose Graven Images has become a standard. On retirement, she moved to Northfield, volunteered at Historic Deerfield, and from 2002-2009 was archivist for the Association for Gravestone Studies. She has conducted a comprehensive survey of Northfield's Center Cemetery and guided its listing on the National Register. In 2008, she founded the Friends of Northfield's Old Cemeteries.
The Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center now have a face book page. Strangely enough called "Friends of the Great Falls Discovery".
If you have a face book account then check out our new page of events, comments and updates and by all means be a friend.
In the Great Hall
Wildlife Photography Exhibit by Glenn Cobiere
August 1 – 31, 2010
August 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 (8:00 am – 9:30 am) Early Morning Nature Walk
Start your day off right, observing nature in Turners Falls! Early Morning Nature Walks will leisurely explore leveled paved bike trails and village sidewalks. Participants will meet outside the main entrance to the Discovery Center at 8 am. Learn about plants, animals, and mill town history along the Bike Path of Turners Falls. Please wear appropriate footwear, bring water, bug repellant, and sun screen.
August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010 (10:30 am – 11:30 am) Kidleidoscope
A kid-friendly, hands-on environmental experience for very young children presented in a fun, age-appropriate manner. Each topic includes a story and interactive games and activities to help you and
your child understand the world around us. Thursday mornings from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Programming
recommended for ages 3-6 with a parent or guardian. Call ahead for the ‘Topic of the Week’ or stop in
the Great Falls Discovery Center to pick up a seasonal Kidleidoscope schedule.
August 6, 2010 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm) Aquatic Invasive Species Information Session
Interested in learning about aquatic invasive species? Come learn about water chestnuts and their infestation in the CT River Watershed! Ages 12 + welcome!
August 13, 2010 (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm) Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center Coffeehouse
Kevin Smith and Hilary Graves offer an evening of Americana and family music featuring tuba, guitar and vocals. Doors open at 6:30, concert begins at 7pm. Refreshments available. The museum and Museum Store are open at intermission. Donations accepted to benefit the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center.
August 14, 2010 (2:00 pm – 8:00 pm) Turners Falls Block Party
Join the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s roving van of interpreters at the Turners Falls Block Party from 2 – 8 pm as well as the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center with their dinosaur fossil display. Learn about the Connecticut River watershed, pick up a Great Falls Discovery Center calendar of summer events, a Turners Falls bike path map, and a state parks camping guide, and get wild with hands-on nature exhibits!
August 18, 2010 (2:00 pm – 3:30 pm) Trash to Treasures
Come join us make fun newspaper necklaces and bracelets while learning about the importance of recycling and conservation! Children ages 4-9 welcome!
August 19, 2010 (7:00 pm – 9:30 pm) Come learn about something spooky!
Marie Ferre of the Gravestone Studies Association and gravestone geologist Bob Drinkwater will talk about iconography and gravestone types in local cemeteries.
August 21, 2010 (11:00 am – 1:00pm) Canoe Trip at Barton Cove
Explore Barton Cove and the Connecticut River by canoe! Look for bald eagles soaring overhead and dragonflies skimming the water. Meander and relax while observing the diverse plant and animal species present on the river. There is limited space so registration is required. Call 413-863-3221 for information on where to meet and to register.
August 22, 2010 (2:00 pm – 3:30 pm) Watershed Trees & Poets
Find out about birches from Robert Frost and apple trees from Emily Dickinson and how Wallace Stevens knows “a tree that bears / A semblance to the thing I have in mind.” Come learn about the trees of the Connecticut River Watershed and the poets here who have loved them. Consider ways to honor your own favorite tree friends through words and through conservation.
August 28, 2010 (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Nature Journaling
Explore the natural world through careful observation and language play to wake up all of your senses! Through writing and drawing prompts and short walks along the Turners Falls bike path and Discovery Center grounds, you will experiment, see the world in new ways, and have fun! No prior writing or drawing experience necessary.
August 28, 2010 (11:00 am – 3:00 pm) Fossil Fuel for the Valley’s Fossil Roadshow
Join the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center as they help identify your mysterious rocks or fossils.
Bike Tour of Turners Falls and Montague City Bridges
So, what IS up with the bridges? White bridge, red bridge, green bridge, one way, which way, fish way?
Find out more! Join us for a leisurely 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. How do they compare with our current Gill-Montague Bridge construction experiences? Participants will meet outside the main entrance to the Discovery Center at 11 a.m. on Saturday July 24th. Bring your bike, water, bug repellent, helmet, and sun block.
July 1 -31, 2010: In the Great Hall
Wildlife Photography Exhibit by Don Cooper & Linda Henderson
July 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 2010 (8:00 am - 9:30 am) Early Morning Nature Walk
Start your day off right, observing nature in Turners Falls! Early Morning Nature Walks will leisurely explore leveled paved bike trails and village sidewalks. Participants will meet outside the main entrance to the Discovery Center at 8 am. Learn about plants, animals, and mill town history along the Bike Path of Turners Falls. Led by a DCR Interpreter. Please wear appropriate footwear, bring water, bug repellant, and sun screen.
July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2010 (10:30 am - 12:00 pm) Junior Refuge Manager Program
Calling all kids ages 8-11! Come learn about the Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge! Earn your very own U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Junior Refuge Manager badge by completing our Junior Refuge Manager academy! This program will run each Tuesday in July (6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th) from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Activities will include: make your own fossils, fossil hunt, tree tag, aquatic insect investigation, animal track scavenger hunt and identification. All activities will be held rain or shine. Bring appropriate clothing, water, sun screen, and bug spray. There is a maximum of 12 children so pre-register early at (413) 863-3221. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2010 (10:30am - noon) Junior Ranger Program
Starting July 8st and ending July 29nd, the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls is offering a four-part science and nature education workshop for children as part of their 2010 Junior Ranger “Nature Kids” program. “Nature Kids,” is for young naturalists ages five through seven, will meet July 8, 15, 22, and 29. Children and parents should meet at the Discovery Center lobby at 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls. All programs will start at 10:30 am and will last about 90 minutes. Junior Ranger “Nature Kids” programs are free and open to all. Space is limited
July 9, 2010 (7:00 - 8:30 pm) Friends of the GFDC Coffeehouse: Open Mic with Charlie Moser
Musician Charlie Moser will perform solo mandolin and host an annual Open Mic for the Great Falls Coffeehouse. Everyone welcome, performers and listeners alike! Doors open at 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7 pm. Refreshments available. The museum and Museum Store are open at intermission. Donations accepted to benefit the Great Falls Discovery Center.
July 10, 2010 (11:00 am - 1:00 pm) Explore the Montague Sand Plains Hike
Explore the unique Montague sand plains habitat. Learn the story of plants and animals living in a land of fire and sand – an amazing and threatened habitat. Easy-to-intermediate difficulty. Led by a DCR Interpreter. Please wear appropriate footwear, and bring water, bug repellant, and sun screen. Registration required. Call 413-863-3221.
July 11, 2010 (1:00 - 3:00 pm) Artists' Reception
Come meet two excellent wildlife photographers, Don Cooper and Linda Henderson. Light refreshments will be served.
July 15, 2010 (7:00 - 8:30 pm) A Taste of Industrial Archeology: Exploring the sites of the John Russell Cutlery Company and the Montague paper company
Go to the riverbank across the bridge to talk about industrial archaeology of the John Russell Cutlery Company and the Montague paper company foundations. Explore two sites with Albert Shane, curator of the Museum of our Industrial Heritage in Greenfield, who will explain what is seen. Please wear appropriate footwear.
July 24, 2010 (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Water Under the Bridge Historical Bike Tour
White bridge, red bridge, green bridge, one way, which way, fish way? Find out more! Join us for a leisurely 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. How do they compare with our current Gill-Montague Bridge construction? Participants will meet outside the main entrance to the Discovery Center at 11 am on Saturday July 24th. Bring your bike, water, bug repellent, helmet, and sun block.
July 25, 2010 (2:00 pm - 3:30 pm) Watershed Birds and Poets
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.
July 28, 2010 (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Wildlife Watch Workshop
Calling all children ages 4-7! Come learn about wildlife habitats and conservation by building your senses through a fun workshop!
July 4, 2010: Independence Day. The center is open.
Great Falls Discovery Center is now open 7 days a week from 10 am to 4 pm. Located at 2 Avenue A. in Downtown Turners Falls
June 2-29 : - In the Great Hall for viewing: Nature Impressionistic: Photography Exhibit by Leslie Cerie.
Jun. 5, 2010 (10:00 am - 2:00 pm) Family Fish Day
The Great Falls Discovery Center's Fifth Annual Family Fish Day event takes place today from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Registration is at the Great Falls Discovery Center. Free raffle for everything from fishing gear to fishing trips! No need to bring any equipment, we have it all. This year, we're adding face painting and fish printing! This event happens as a result of generous donations from local businesses, with help from local volunteers, as well as the State of MA, Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, State of MA, Department of Conservation Recreation, Northfield Mountain Recreation and the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. Come celebrate!
Jun. 11, 2010 (7:00 - 9:00 pm) Boxcar Lilies at the Great Falls Coffeehouse Music Series:
The Boxcar Lilies offer an evening of Americana music with a folk and rock influence.
Doors open at 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7pm. Refreshments available. The museum and Museum Store are open at intermission. Donations accepted to benefit the Great Falls Discovery Center.
Jun. 12, 2010 (1:00 - 3:00 pm) Artist's Reception
Come meet Leslie Cerie, photographer, artist, and author. See some of Leslie's work at www.lesliecerier.com. You'll be amazed at the beautiful photographs. Refreshments will be provided by the artist.
Jun. 17, 2010 (7:00 - 8:30 pm) What's happening with fish in the CT River?
Join hatchery manager, Mickey Novak, for an extremely interesting talk about the change in population numbers of Atlantic salmon, shad, blue-back herring and striped bass.
Jun. 24, 2010 (11:00 am - 12:00 pm) Children's Story Hour and Fish Craft
Come meet Ellie and Ollie Eel and learn of their Tale of a Fantastic Voyage. Have you just been to the fish ladder when it was opened? Did you see any eels? Then come learn more about them and make your own eel craft to take home. This is perfect for young children 4-8 years old and their parents.
Sarah A. Bevilacqua
Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge
Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376
413.863.3676 or 863.3221
The Great Falls Discovery Center is presently open Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm and will soon be expanding to summer hours of being open 7 days a week .
In the Great Hall from May 1st through May 31st is a Wildlife and Nature Photography Exhibit by Jennifer Nefedov
There will be an Artist's Reception May 1st, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm withJennifer Nevedov, nature photographer. View her impressive photographs, and share photography tips and stories while enjoying refreshments.
For more Discovery Center info check out greatfallsma.org or call 413-863-3221
The Great Hall Exhibit will not be open to the public for the day. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but hope you will come on another Friday or Saturday to see "From Hornbooks and Samplers to Facebook and SMART Boards: Education in the Connecticut River Valley." You can click on the exhibit's listing on the calendar for more information.
Spancil Hill is a trio that has been performing traditional and original Irish music since 1980. Desmond and Sean Burk, along with Buddy Downey, sing and play guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, fiddle, harmonica and whistle. Many of the songs are about the County Mayo where Desmond and Sean were born. Doors open at 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7 pm. Refreshments available. The visitor center and Friends’ store are open at intermission. Donations accepted.
Feb. 13, 2010 (1:00 - 2:00 pm) Moose on the Loose
Come learn about the effects of: urban sprawl on moose; the changes in the moose range; and the overall biology of this very large animal.
Feb. 16, 2010 (10:00 - 11:00 am) Water's Journey
Where does water go? Come get your hands wet learning the answer to this question using our interactive watershed table.
Feb. 16, 2010 (1:00 - 2:00 pm) You can drink that?
Water filters aren't just found in the grocery store, they are found in nature too! Join us for hands on experiments to learn how our drinking water is filtered by nature.
Feb. 17, 2010 (10:00 am - 11:00 pm) All About Recycling!
What's Recyclable? Come learn what is recyclable and what is not through interactive recycling games.
Feb. 17, 2010 (1:00 - 2:00 pm) Give Trash a Second Chance!
Come learn how to re-purpose everyday trash into usable items!
Feb. 18, 2010 (7:00 - 8:30 pm) Invasive Plants in Your Backyard and Community: Be Part of the Solution!
Invasive plants are encroaching into our own yards, parks and natural areas. Find out which plants are problems, what is being done about them, and what you can do to help.
Feb. 19, 2010 (1:00 - 2:00 pm) What's wrong with this picture?
Something is amiss at The Great Falls Discovery Center! Come use your detective skills to help us solve the problem!
Feb. 20, (9:00 am 12:00 pm) Accessible Birding
Call 413-545-5758 to register for this interesting trip.
Feb. 20, 2010 (1:00 - 2:00 pm) What makes winter so special?
DCR Interpreter, Gini Traub will lead a walk on the grounds of the Great Falls Discovery Center to explore the great outdoors. This is a great program for all? Please dress accordingly.
December, 2009- Activities at the Great Falls Discovery Center
December 1-December 15, 2009 MA Junior Duck Stamp Exhibit
Dec. 5, 2009 (10:00 am - 11:00 am) Nature Crafts with Rachel Roberts
Pine cones, acorns, and seashells – oh my! Join educator Rachel Roberts at the Great Falls Discovery Center (GFDC) and make a variety of seasonal projects using things found in nature. This class is geared towards young school-aged children and their families. FREE and No pre-registration is required – so pop-in! This program is supported in part by a grant from the Montague Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Dec. 5, 2009 (11:00 am - 1:00 pm) Learn to draw wildlife!
Annie Chappell, local artist and member of the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center will be on hand to teach young people about wildlife drawing. Be inspired by the Junior Duck Stamp Exhibit in the Great Hall. Maybe, someday you're work will be hanging in the exhibit. You must pre-register for this event by December 1st. Call 413-863-3221 to register.
Dec. 11, 2009 (6:30 pm - 9:00 pm) The Great Falls Coffee House presents Tom Carroll in a Holiday Concert.
The Great Falls Coffeehouse presents a holiday concert & CD release party with Tom Carroll on Friday, December 11 at 7:00 pm in the historic & acoustically rich Great Hall of the Discovery Center. Doors open at 6:30 pm, refreshments & baked goods will be for sale & the museum & Museum Store will be open during intermission. Sliding scale donation of $6 - $12 suggested, free to children. Donations benefit the GFDC. For more information call the Discovery Center at 413-863-3221.
Dec. 12, 2009 (1:00 - 2:00 pm) All About Snow!
What is snow and why is it important to so many living things? Have you ever wondered about the beautiful patterns of snowflakes? Come learn the answers to all of these questions. And, while you're here, make paper snowflakes to bring home!
Dec. 17, 2009 (7:00 - 9:00 pm) Special Screening of "The Deerfield, a Working River" Come view this excellent film produced by Riverbank Media. It's an in depth look at the Deerfield River with great interviews regarding the past, present, and future of this interesting river.
Dec. 19, 2009 (1:00 - 2:00 pm) What's that tree? How to identify common trees in winter!
Come learn how to identify a tree without its leaves. You will learn about tree shape, bark, and buds of our local trees. This presentation is geared towards folks 12 years of age and older.
Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge
Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376
Wild About Turkeys program and a "Frozen Turkey" winner
Why were turkeys reintroduced into the area? What roles do they play in the ecological system as well as being your tastie Thanksgiving Day dinner? Come join Tasha Daniels, at the Great Falls Discovery Center
Also each person attending the presentation will receive a raffle chance. At the end of the program a lucky winner will leave with a frozen turkey for your Thanksgiving Day dinner. Enjoy the program.
Saturday Nov 21, 2009, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM at the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls. 413-863-3221
Bats are Cool
Saturday Oct 31, 2009, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
What do you really know about bats? Are they really the scary creatures that a lot of folks think they are? Come by and learn some very interesting facts about them and while you’re here, pick up a Halloween Treat!
Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls. 863-3221
Saturday Oct 31, 2009, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Halloween Treats at the Great Falls Discovery Center
Come by and pick up your Halloween Treat from 10-4 donated by the Friends of Great Falls Discovery Center.
November, 2009- Activities at the Great Falls Discovery Center
Great Falls Discovery Center hours are Friday and Saturday 10 am to 4 PM
November 6-December 15, 2009 MA Junior Duck Stamp Exhibit
Nov. 13, 2009 (6:30 - 9:00 pm) Great Falls Coffeehouse featuring Tony Lechner & Wild-Wood
The Friends of the Great Falls Coffeehouse presents Tony Lechner with the Wild-Wood band for an evening of sultry Indie folk music on Friday, November 13 at 7:00 pm in the historic & acoustically rich Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center. Doors open at 6:30 pm, refreshments & baked goods will be for sale & the museum & Museum Store will be open during intermission. Sliding scale suggested donation to benefit the Friends of the GFDC is $6 - $12, free to children. For more information call the Discovery Center at 413-863-3221.
Nov. 14, 2009 (1:00 - 2:00 pm) How Animals Prepare for Winter
Join refuge staff to discover the various ways that our local wildlife prepares for the long winter months. From freezing frogs to fur color changes, you are sure to learn some unexpected facts about wildlife in the area.
Nov. 19, 2009 (7:00 - 8:30 pm) The Nature of New England
Within its small geographic range, New England’s sculpted mountains, river valleys, and varied shorelines provide for a surprisingly rich and varied flora and fauna. A strong emphasis in the program is on the perceptions people have in favor of some groups of animals (like birds) at the expense of other equally interesting ones (like snakes). How various groups survive the winter season is also spotlighted.
Tom Tyning is a professional naturalist and writer. He is a professor of environmental science at Berkshire Community College.
Nov. 21, 2009 (1:00 - 2:00 pm) Wild About Turkeys
Why were turkeys reintroduced into the area? What roles do they play in the ecological system as well as being your tasty Thanksgiving dinner? Come join Tasha Daniels, at the Great Falls Discovery Center.
Nov. 27, 2009: The Center is closed this Friday
Nov. 28, 2009 (1:00 - 2:00 pm) Wildlife Tracking
Winter is on the way and soon you will see wildlife tracks scattered around the woods in the snow. Join refuge staff to learn the basics of how to identify what animals left those tracks behind. You will learn how to identify track features and track patterns. You will also be able to test your knowledge at identifying select wildlife tracks. This program is designed for individuals new to wildlife tracking.
From: Sarah Bevilacqua, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge
Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376
This Mission Wolf program that has two showing times is also most reserved out. There are less than 20 seats available for the 1:00 pm presentation and less than 10 seats available for the 6:00 pm presentation.
This is a rare opportunity. You don't want to miss out. ( info listed below)
Mission : WOLF
Saturday Oct 17, 2009, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
This amazing program will be offered in honor of National Wildlife Refuge Week. The center’s Great Hall will be the venue for the Ambassador Wolfs. Come experience a personal encounter with a live wolf. View an audio-visual show covering subjects such as an introduction to wolfs and hybrids, wild wolf issues, wolf communication and behavior, and current status of wild wolves in North America.
This program is being funded by a generous donation from the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center and many local community organizations and businesses which include The Montague Reporter,Montague Community Television, The Great Falls Farmers' Market, Montague Business Association, La Bodega, McCarthy Funeral Home, Northeast Utilities and The Greenfield Savings Bank.
There will be TWO programs, one at 1:00 pm and one at 6:00 pm. You MUST call the Discovery Center to register. There is limited space.
Starting the week of October 4th, the Great Falls Discovery Center is open Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.
October 1-31, 2009 Art in the Great Hall
'scapes: Land and Sea by Jim Gambaro - Photography Exhibit
Oct. 3, 2009 (9:00 am - 12:00 pm) 13th Annual Source to Sea Clean-up
Volunteers needed for clean-up and hauling. Please call 800-859-2960 to register your helping hand for this important event. Meeting with instructions starts at 9:00 am at the center. Come be a part of the solution to a cleaner, healthier environment.
Oct. 3, 2009 (1:00 - 3:00 pm) Artist's Reception
Join Jim Gambaro for insights and information on his photographs. These will be exhibited in the Great Hall during the month of October. Light refreshments will be served.
Oct. 9, 2009 (6:30 - 9:00 pm) Great Falls Coffeehouse-Featuring Swing Caravan
The Great Falls Coffeehouse presents Swing Caravan for an evening of Django style acoustic swing on Friday, October 9 at 7:00 pm in the historic & acoustically rich Great Hall of the Discovery Center. Doors open at 6:30 pm, refreshments & baked goods will be for sale & the museum & Museum Store will be open during intermission. Sliding scale suggested donation to benefit the Friends of the GFDC is $6 - $12, free to children. For more information call the Discovery Center at 413-863-3221.
October 10, 2009 (1:00-2:00 pm) Fall Foliage. Why do leaves change color?
Come learn the process behind the beautiful autumn leaves.
October 11-17, 2009 National Wildlife Refuge Week
Oct. 15, 2009 (7:00 - 8:30 pm) New England Forests Through Time
Come hear Dr. John O'Keefe, co-author of the book New England ForestThrough Time. Dr. O'Keefe will share information on the present state as well as the history of our local forests. Dr. O'Keefe has been studying New England Forests for many years and is semi-retired from Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA. Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Oct. 17, 2009 Mission: Wolf
This amazing program will be offered in honor of National Wildlife Refuge Week. The center's Great Hall will be the venue for the Ambassador Wolfs. Come experience a personal encounter with a live wolf. View an audio-visual show covering subjects such as an introduction to wolfs and hybrids, wild wolf issues, wolf communication and behavior, and current status of wild wolves in North America.
This program is being funded by a generous donation from the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center and other local community organizations and businesses.
There will be two programs, one at 1:00 pm and one at 6:00 pm. You must call the Discovery Center to register. There is limited space.
Oct. 24, 2009 (11:00 am - 2:00 pm) Family Nature Discovery Day-Discover nature through your child's eyes.
Children 5-11 and their parents are welcome to register for a wonderful day of nature workshops. Pumpkin painting, making food to feed the birds, making dried leaf and flower crowns, and making your own healthy snacks are some of the workshops that will be offered. The children, with their parents, will be able to sample each station and get to do all activities if they stay the entire time. Please sign up to be a part of this wonderful day. Call 413-863-3221.
Oct. 31, 2009 (1:00 - 2:00 pm) Bats are cool!
What do you really know about bats? Are they really the scary creatures that a lot of folks think they are? Come by and learn some very interesting facts about them and while you're here, pick up a Halloween Treat!
Oct. 31, 2009 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) Halloween Treats at the Great Falls Discovery Center
Come by and pick up your Halloween Treat from 10-4 donated by the Friends of Great Falls Discovery Center.
Oct. 12, 2009: Columbus Day-The Center is closed.
NEW!! The Great Falls Discovery Center has Discovery Packs from DCR that you can check out for the day, like a library book. Several backpacks containing fun and informative nature “gear” are available: a Birding Pack; a Nature Discovery Pack; an Insect Discovery Pack; a Rocks & Minerals Discovery Pack; and a Young Explorers Pack for the young naturalist. See the Interpreter at the Welcome Desk or for more information, also call 413-832-3221 or check out greatfallsma.org
May 1-31, 2009
Landscape Photography Exhibit by Regis Paris
Several years ago, while flying over the Green Mountain State before I settled in Massachusetts, I realized that from above, Nature could be seen as red. I simply took pictures of my surroundings which often ended up being conservation lands. Dazzled by New England landscapes, quickly I was hooked and photographing Nature became an intriguing passion. If anything reveals my love of Nature, it's the trees of New England, and their reflections in water bringing me in communication with my true nature. I am thrilled when I can share the feeling of well-being that they impart to me with those who view my pictures. On the web at http://www.reservitnow.com/outregisphotos
May 2, 2009 (1:00 - 3:00 pm) Exhibit Opening: Meet the Photographer
May 8, 2009 (7:00 - 9:00 pm) "Friends of GFDC" Coffeehouse present Katie Clark and friends! Heavenly vocal harmonies with guitar, banjo & dobro, offering original material mixed with old-time country & bluegrass! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Baked goods available, Donations welcome. The Great Falls Discovery Center is fully accessible.
May 9, 2009 (11:00 am - 12:30 pm) Migratory Bird Day!
Come join Great Falls Discovery Interpreter, Sarah Martell for a bird walk and family craft activity celebrating Migratory Bird Day!
May 14, 2009 (7:00 - 9:00 pm) Black Bear Behavior with Ben Kilham
Ben Kilham has presented his information to over 40,000 people over the years.
Come join Ben for an exciting and extremely interesting hour long illustrated lecture with another 30 - 45 minutes to ask him questions. Ben’s popular lecture is based on firsthand experience raising cubs and observing black bears. Doors will open at 6:30. Come early to get a seat for this 7:00 program.
May 16, 2009 (11:00 am - 12:00 pm) Anadromous and Migrating Fish Life Histories
Join Sarah Martell, Great Falls Discovery Interpreter to learn interesting facts about local species of fish that use the CT River and its tributaries!
May 21, 2009 (10:00 - 11:00 am) Discovery Science: Fascinating Frogs!
This is a FREE workshop for families with young children. Join educator Rachel Roberts for a workshop featuring games, books, hands-on science and art activities focusing on the fascinating life cycle of frogs. No pre-registration is required, so pop in!
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Montague Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
May 30 2009 (10:00 am - 2:00 pm) 4th Annual Family Fish Day
Join us for the 4th Annual Family Fishing Day! This is the event of the summer with arts and crafts, fishing and fly tying lessons, free raffle and plenty of fish to catch! Come share the joy of fishing with children of all ages! This event is fully accessible and will be held rain or shine!
April 1-30, 2009: UMass Ventures in Science Art
Exhibit of student photographs of microscopic organisms! Taken using a
variety of scientific methods including Electron Microscope images. See
the world around you in a whole new way! Held in the Great Hall of the
Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. For more
information call 413-863-3221.
Apr. 4, from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Birds, Bees, and Other Pollinators
What is happening in our gardens? Who visits the flowers?
Flowers-fruits & seeds! How do they happen? The role of insects, birds and
others in plant pollination... some facts of life and some hands on
activities that you can take home to your own garden to explore who is
doing what! Held at the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners
Falls, MA. For more information call 413-863-3221.
Apr. 10 2009 from 6:30 - 9:00 pm: Friends Coffeehouse: Acapella
Join us for this community musical event. Delicious refreshments. Suggested
donation $6-$12 - Free for children. For more information call 863-3221.
Doors of the Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A,
Turners Falls, will open at 6:30 pm and the performance will start at 7:00
Apr. 11 2009 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Exhibit Tour: Can you find the
Join us on this search for evidence of pollinators in the exhibits and,
if weather permits, explore outside for early signs of spring and
pollinators. Held at the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners
Falls, MA. For more information call 413-863-3221.
Apr. 18 2009 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm: Exploring Insects
Enjoy some engaging activities, a nature walk, and a story about
insects. Open to all ages. Held at the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2
Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. For more information call 413-863-3221.
Apr. 22 2009 from 10:00 - 11:00 am: Explore Plants that Spring Up!
Join Rachel Roberts for this workshop for families with young children
featuring a story about plants and other activities that focus on plants in
spring. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Montague
Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts
Cultural Council, a state agency. Held at the Great Falls Discovery Center,
2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. For more information call 413-863-3221.
Apr. 23 2009 from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm: Health Fair
This event will be held in the Great Hall of the Great Falls
Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. For more information call
Apr. 23 2009 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm: Designing for Pollinating Bees in Your
Yard: Getting Started
Join Tom Sullivan for this adventure in planning your yard and gardens.
Tonight's meeting is an introduction to this 3-part workshop series on
planning for pollinators. This first workshop will focus on the ecology of
plants, bees and soils. The second workshop on May 14th will give you time
to plan your garden spaces in your yard. The last workshop in this series
will be held at the New England Wildflower Society's nearby gardens at a
date that works well for everyone.
Held at the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.
For more information call 413-863-3221.
Apr. 24 2009 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm: Discover Letterboxing at the Great
Falls Discovery Center!
Discover letterboxing and follow clues to locate hidden boxes that
contain hand carved stamps. If you like treasure hunts, you'll enjoy this
family friendly activity. Held at the Great Falls Discovery Center. To
register, call All Out Adventures at 413-527-8980.
Apr. 25 2009 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm: DCR Park Service Day!
Join our DCR staff to roll up your sleeves in a great outdoor
experience on the grounds of the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A,
Turners Falls. Swing by and introduce yourself and find out what is
happening today at the Center. Volunteers have a choice of many
Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge
Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376
A Hands-on Nature Series for Preschoolers
Held at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls
Join Dawn Marvin Ward as she presents a nature series designed for preschoolers and their caregivers. Each hour-long program includes stories, songs and hands-on activities, all designed for young children and the young-at-heart. All Events are held on Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 am
March 5 Tracking Tricks for Tots
Stop, Look, and Listen! Learn to become a “Nature Detective”
with a few simple tricks and tools, then find who’s hiding about!
March 12 Lady Bug Lore
Have you ever seen a “baby” lady bug? Are they ALL ladies?
Where do they come from, what do they eat and why is this bug
such a favorite? Join us for Lady bug stories, songs, & art.
March 19 Bears Awake!
Black bears, Brown bears, Teddy bears! With the arrival of spring, the bears begin to wake up. Find the bear hiding in the Discovery Center . If you like, bring a special bear of your own to show.
March 26 “Mobile Homes” (Turtles, snails, etc.)
Imagine if you always had your home with you! Come listen to some stories & silly songs as we explore such clever creatures that keep their homes on their backs! Then create your own!
The programs are sponsored by the Gill-Montague Community Partnership for Children w/ grant funding from Mass. Dept. of Early Education and Care The programs are FREE and open to the public. No Registration necessary. Handicap and stroller accessible
Shingle The Roof, an old-time string band, will be playing at the Great Falls Discovery Center on Friday night February 13 from 7-9 pm. Featuring fiddle, mandolin, banjo and guitar , Shingle the Roof specializes in American fiddle tunes and traditional songs with haunting vocal harmonies. The three friends, Tim Woodbridge and Jerry Devokatis from
Connecticut, and Kate Spencer of Montague Center have been playing music together for years, delighting audiences with their lively tunes, funny songs, gruesome murder ballads, and historical or imagined tales of life and love.
Donations are appreciated, baked goods are available, and the Great Falls Discovery Center is completely accessible. Doors will at open at 6:30 pm.
Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls. 413-863-3221 or greatfallsma.org
The Great Falls Discovery Center will be hosting a Native Pollinators Week Celebration tonight, Thursday June 21, 7:00pm-8:00pm. From their website:
Get the current information on the status of honeybees and our native pollinators. This topic is in the news and is one that we all need to know about.
Each of us depends on animals pollinating most of the plant we eat and there is something we can do to assist native pollinators where we live.
Come and get the information that will enable you to participate in solutions!
The Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center are sponsoring a raffle that highlights products from local merchants. Prizes include gift certificates to local eateries, from diners to fine dining, to a hardwood serving/cutting board, Emu products, a sheepskin and jewelry.
Support programs at our local nature museum and take a chance on great prizes!
Tickets may be purchased at tonight’s GFDC coffeehouse, Thursday afternoon at Food City, and Friday through Sunday at the Great Falls Discovery Center.
Barry White Crow Higgins will give a performance of Native American flute music this evening at 7pm in the Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center. Coffee & refreshments will be served, sliding scale $5 - $10 donation accepted to benefit the Friends of GFDC. Call 863-3221 for more information.