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clegg - Wed, Oct 10, 2018, 2:12 P
October Events
October 2018 program listings at the Great Falls Discovery Center

A Museum about the Connecticut River’s Natural, Cultural, and Industrial History


All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted, such as a suggested donation. Free admission to the museum. Facilities are accessible.

Open Hours

October 1—14: Open 7 days a week 10:00 am — 6:00 pm



October 17 –31: Open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 am—4 pm



October 1-7 Great Hall History Exhibit: DCR

125 Years of Stewardship and 15 years of Discovery

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is celebrating 125 years of Stewardship. In 1893, DCR’s foundation began with the creation of a regional system of parks to preserve our natural resources for the public as the city of Boston continued to expand. In October 2003, the Great Falls Discovery Center opened its doors for the first time in a public open house. We welcome you all to the Great Hall once again, this week to view the history of Massachusetts State Parks and to celebrate 15 years of Great Falls discoveries here at the center.



October 9 – 28

Great Hall Art Exhibit: Migrations

Art in celebration of the Third Annual Migrations Festival. Join us on October 27th 5:00-7:30 pm for the Festival.



Saturday, October 6

10:30-11:30 am

Leaf Peeping Bike Path B-I-N-G-O

Kids - grab your parents and 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! For this special edition of bike path bingo, we focus on the amazing New England fall color right outside our doors. Meet at the main entrance to the Center. Please bring water and wear layers and sturdy shoes.



Three Fridays in October

10:30–11:30 am

Kidleidoscope Story Hour

10/12: Squirrels; 10/19: Bear; 10/26: Bats

Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.



Friday, October 12

7:00–9:00 pm

Great Falls Coffeehouse presents: The Nite Caps

Classic roots country music and Western swing. Each month the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local talent. Refreshments available. Suggested donations to support educational programming at the Center. Museum and museum store open during intermission.



Sunday, October 14

1 pm

Naming the Land: History of the Pioneer Valley Association

A talk with Mike Jackson

“Pioneer Valley” is a phrase invented to entice urban residents in their new motorcars to vacation in rural Western Massachusetts. A Montague Cultural Council grant program.



Saturday, October 20

2-6 pm

Great Falls Harvest Festival (aka Pumpkin Fest)

Discover us on Avenue A! We are joining the fray of harvest fun once again this fall. Kids and families— make fall seasonal animal crafts at our outdoor tables near the corner of Avenue A and 2nd Street from 2-6 pm. Enjoy our museum exhibits during our special extended open hours from 10 am to 6 pm.



Saturday, October 27

1-5 pm

Monarch Butterfly StoryWalk® — Gotta Go! Gotta Go!

As part of our Third Annual Migration Festival celebration, we are reprising our monarch butterfly StoryWalk®. Join us for a migratory journey at the Discovery Center, as we read together the story of “a teeny-tiny creepy-crawly bug” (a Monarch butterfly caterpillar) in Gotta Go! Gotta Go! The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.



Saturday, October 27

5:00-7:30 pm

Third Annual Migrations Festival

We would be honored for you to join us at the 3rd Annual Migrations Festival, a celebration of human and natural biodiversity. Come enjoy art, music, dance and traditional food offered by the diverse local people of the upper Connecticut River Valley. Free and open to all. Sponsored by DCR, Montague Catholic Social Ministries, RiverCulture, and the people of Turners Falls.



Wednesday, October 31

Annual Rag Shag Parade, All along Avenue A

Special Halloween open hours until 6 pm because we have candy! The Turners Falls VFW invites all ghouls, goblins, and ghosts to a parade along Avenue A. Meet at Food City Parking lot at dusk for the parade.
 
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clegg - Fri, Jun 1, 2018, 1:25 P
June Events Gfdc
June 2018 program listings at the Great Falls Discovery Center

The Great Falls Discovery Center’s current seasonal hours: Open Every Day - 7 days a week, 10am to 4pm.
Extended Summer hours begin June 23 – open 7 days a week – 10 am to 6 pm.

All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted. Free admission to the museum. Facilities are accessible.

June 2—June 30
Great Hall Art Exhibit: Flora and Fauna Quilts
Leslie Cook and Anneke Corbett celebrate Nature’s bounty through traditional and contemporary quilts.

Saturday, June 2
10 am-2 pm
13th Annual Family Fishing Day
Join us for a day of FREE fishing fun! Adults and children of all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Event is held rain or shine. Parking is free at each site. Ride the FREE Fish Bus shuttle between sites!
At Barton Cove Campground: Barton Cove Road in Gill
· Free fishing from 10:00am to 2:00pm!
· Fishing equipment provided - limited supplies available. Bring your own pole if you have it.
· No fishing license needed.
At Great Falls Discovery Center: 2 Avenue A
· Fly lure tying demonstrations.
· Fly fishing casting demonstrations.
· CATCH THE FISH BUS HERE! Free shuttle bus provided to and from Barton Cove every half hour, or as needed from 10 am to 1 pm.
At Turners Falls Fishway: 15 First Street
· Fish printing - The art of Gyotaku, from noon to 2:00pm.
Thank you to all of our partners for making this event possible: MassWildlife, Western Mass Fly Fishermen, First Light, Turners Falls Fishway, Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center, and volunteers!

Sunday, June 3
1-3 pm
Artist Reception Great Hall Exhibit: Flora and Fauna Quilts
Two New England quilters Leslie Cook and Anneke Corbett, practicing different forms of the art, celebrate their love and vision of Nature’s bounty. Leslie’s elaborate traditional hand appliqué complements Anneke’s more contemporary wildlife images.

Friday, June 8
7-9 pm
Great Falls Coffeehouse presents: Sue Kranz and Friends
Original songs, covers, and a sampling of songs from various traditions accompanied with flute and guitar. Each month the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local talent. Refreshments available. Suggested donations to support educational programming at the Center. Museum and store open during intermission.


Saturday, June 16
6-8 pm
The Ninth Annual Massachusetts Walking Tour
The annual bipedal concert tour promoting local arts and culture. Since 2010, co-founders Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards have organized an annual non-profit bipedal concert tour of Massachusetts in support of arts and culture for towns throughout the state. Each free community concert collaborates with local artists, musicians, educational programs, trail managers and land trust groups to highlight both artistic diversity and recreational land use. With each visit, a community has pulled together and taken part in a dialogue which serves to strengthen local investment in the arts. From June 15 - 27, 2018, the Massachusetts Walking Tour visits towns along the Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail - hiking and paddling to eleven community concerts. Free. Sponsored by the Montague Cultural Council. For more information visit www.masswalkingtour.org.

Sunday, June 24
10:30-11:30 am
Bike Path B-I-N-G-O!
Kids - grab your parents and 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! Meet at the main entrance to the
Center. Please bring water, bug spray, sunscreen and wear sturdy shoes.

Friday, June 29
10:30-11:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour—Eagles
Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.

Saturday, June 30
1-2 pm
Friends Annual Meeting with Guest Speaker
Dale Monette on the Secret Lives of the Quabbin Reservoir
Meet the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center and learn how you can become a friend too! Then join us for a special presentation from Dale Monette on the Quabbin Reservoir. Free. ?

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--Janel Nockleby
Visitor Services Supervisor
Great Falls Discovery Center
Connecticut River Greenway State Park
Mass Parks, Department of Conservation & Recreation
2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376
Current office hours Wednesday through Sunday 8 am to 4:pm
janel.nockleby@state.ma.us
(413) 863-3221
 
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clegg - Tue, May 8, 2018, 11:18 A
May Events
May 2018 program listings at the Great Falls Discovery Center


The Great Falls Discovery Center’s current seasonal hours: 5 days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays, 10am to 4pm.

Summer hours begin May 23 – open 7 days a week.

All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted. Free admission to the museum. Facilities are accessible.


April 6—May 30

Great Hall Exhibit: Seen/Unseen, portraits by Cindi Oldham

A conceptual watercolor portrait series, exploring the seen and unseen.


May 4th and May 11th

10:30-11:30am

Kidleidoscope Story Hour—5/4: Birds; 5/11: Fish

Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.



Friday, May 11

7-9 pm

Great Falls Coffeehouse presents: Ukulele Scramble

Rare, obscure, and underperformed songs from the past 500 years. Each month the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local talent. Refreshments available. Suggested donations to support educational programming at the Center. Museum and store open during intermission.



Friday, May 18

7:30 pm

The Nolumbeka Project presents: River Stories—An Evening Talk

Authors Lisa Brooks (Our Beloved Kin) and Christine DeLucia (Memory Lands) will speak to the diverse intersecting histories and memories of Kwinitekw, the long river, also known as the Connecticut River, and the Great River. Co-sponsored by DCR, the Friends of the Center, and the Nolumbeka Project.



Saturday, May 19 – All Day

A Day of Remembrance of the Great Falls Massacre of 1676

· 10 am in the Great Hall: History, Archaeology, and Healing at the Falls

· 12 pm: Gathering outside, Lighting of the Fire, Invocation, Opening Words

· 1 pm: Keynote speaker Doug Harris, How the Work of a Ceremonial Preservationist Evolves with additional sharing and conversations after the talk.

Co-sponsored by the Nolumbeka Project, DCR and Jaime and Senani Babson.



Sunday, May 20

11 am - 1pm

Let the Landscape Speak

The indigenous ceremonial stone landscape is of cultural significance to the tribes of the northeast. Sponsored by the Montague Cultural Council, Doug Harris, Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office, explains why these ceremonial features should be preserved, and how you might help protect this important landscape.


Sunday, May 27

10:30-11:30 am

Bike Path B-I-N-G-O!

Kids - grab your parents and 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! Meet at the main entrance to the Center. Please bring water, bug spray, sunscreen and wear sturdy shoes.

Saturday June 2nd Save the Date! Free Family Fishing Day is June 2nd! 10 am—2 pm.
 
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clegg - Tue, Mar 20, 2018, 10:59 A
April Events
April 2018 program listings at the Great Falls Discovery Center

The Great Falls Discovery Center current seasonal hours are that we are open 5 days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays, 10am to 4pm. All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted. Free admission to the museum. Facilities are accessible.



April 6—May 30 Great Hall Exhibit: Seen/Unseen, portraits by Cindi Oldham
A conceptual watercolor portrait series that explores what it means to be seen, yet unseen at the same time.

Three Fridays in April
10:30-11:30am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour
4/13: Ducks; 4/20: Bobcats; 4/27 Who Lives in a Tree?
Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.

Friday, April 13
7-9 pm
Great Falls Coffeehouse presents: Lenny Zarcone
Frank Sinatra tunes, the great American songbook, jazz standards, and pop music. Long time internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter folk musician. Each month the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local talent. Refreshments available. Suggested donations to support educational programming at the Center. Museum and store open during intermission.

Saturday, April 14—Sunday, April 22
April School Vacation Week—Open Every Day All Week!
We are expanding our spring hours this week so stop by the welcome desk for Earth Week investigation stations, habitat diorama scavenger hunts, and games to explore the grounds. Bring your bike for the Canalside Rail Trail.

Saturday, April 14
10:30-11:30am
Teaching Creatures presents: Animals of Spring
Hurray for Spring! Join Rae Griffiths of Teaching Creatures as she talks about what animals were doing all winter and what they are up to now that spring has arrived. Meet in the Great Hall, as Rae brings amphibians, reptiles, and a mammal or two to help us all celebrate the new season. This program is free and for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center. Come early as seating may be limited.

Saturday, April 14
4-5 pm
Full Disclosure Festival: RADICAL INTERCONNECTEDNESS
“from Walt, from me, to You” by Katherine Adler
Tickets are $15 for this festival happening all evening in Turners Falls. One ticket is good for the whole festival! Art includes original dance, theater, music, spoken word, and installation art in downtown Turners Falls. “from Walt, from me, to You” by Katherine Adler explores the universality and depth of one of America’s most revered poets, Walt Whitman. For a full schedule to RADICAL INTERCONNECTEDNESS visit http://www.eggtooth.org or www.turnersfallsriverculture.org.

Friday, April 20
1—2 pm
Meet Toto the Tornado Kitten
After a terrible tornado in 2011 in Brimfield, MA, the clean-up crew found an itty-bitty kitten in the wreckage. The courageous kitten was named Toto and nursed back to health by a rescue worker named Jonathan and by others. Jonathan went on to write a children’s book about Toto’s adventure. Join the author and Toto too for a read-along of Toto the Tornado Kitten and celebrate those who help others! Sponsored by Montague Public Libraries.

Sunday, April 22
10 am -2 pm
Earth Day Open House: Put Yourself in the Big Picture
All ages are welcome to join us for activities and games to help you make a difference in the Connecticut River Watershed. Our exhibits ask: how have people helped or hurt the habitats in our watershed? What will you do to help?

Saturday, April 28
10 am—12 pm
Park Serve Day: Give a Day, Make a Difference
The Department of Conservation and Recreation invites you to the Great Falls Discovery Center to lend a hand during this day of volunteer service to our state parks. To discuss any special accommodations or needs you may have for the day, please call (413) 863-3221. To register please visit www.mass.gov/dcr.

Saturday, April 28
1:30—3:30 pm
Great Hall Exhibit Artist Reception: Cindi Oldham’s Seen/Unseen
Seen/Unseen is a conceptual portrait series that explores what it means to be seen, yet unseen at the same time. The viewer can see the subject’s likeness in their portraits while learning a little bit about each one of them by reading the narratives that correspond with them. You may learn something about them that is often overlooked, something that one can only notice when they take a second look, or something that has been right there in plain sight, yet invisible. Until now. Sponsored by The Western Mass Recovery Learning Community.

Sunday, April 29
10 am—4 pm
Celebrate Massachusetts Art Week with “Your Exquisite Corpse”
Join Nina Rossi for a collaborative and interactive exhibit based on the Surrealist game of Exquisite Corpse. Figure paintings with the Head/Shoulders and Legs/Feet executed by two different artists will be exhibited. Accompanying each figure will be a short text or poem also created by multiple writers and poets. Visitors will have opportunities to interact with the event, including a chance to have the artists and writers use them as inspiration. They may have their head/Shoulders or Legs/Feet photographed by the artists for use in the Exquisite Corpse project. Visitors can watch artists create Exquisite Corpse paintings from photo sources during event. They may contribute random text for use in the stories that complete each Exquisite Corpse.
 
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clegg - Tue, Feb 13, 2018, 10:59 A
February Events
February 2018 program listings at the Great Falls Discovery Center

The Great Falls Discovery Center current seasonal hours are that we are open 5 days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays, 10am to 4pm. We are open all week for school vacation week, February 17 – 25. All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted. Free admission to the museum. Facilities are accessible.

February 17—April 1
Great Hall Family Learning Exhibit
Reading the Rocky Book of the Past:
Dinosaur Footprints in the Connecticut River Valley
An exhibit about the 19th-century discovery of dinosaur footprints in the Connecticut River Valley and local people, like Dexter Marsh and Edward Hitchcock, who played starring roles in the story. Designed for fun family learning by Deerfield’s Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (PVMA), the space includes two simulated 19th century cabinets (precursors to today's museums), a “make your own collection” takeaway activity, dinosaur track reproductions and more! Be sure to come to the opening event Saturday, February 17, 1-4 pm. (During some of the larger events in the Great Hall in February and March, the exhibit might not be fully visible. Please check our events calendar or call 413-863-3221 to find out more.)

Wednesdays, February 7, 14, 21
1-2:30 pm Homeschool Science: Hands-on STEM
Sponsored by Montague Public Libraries
Topics this month: 2/7: River Otters; 2/14: Beavers; 2/21: Porcupines
The Turners Falls Carnegie Library offers homeschool science on Wednesdays with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math. This month young scientists are invited to take a field trip to the Great Falls Discovery Center. Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Registration requested to ensure that we have enough supplies for everyone. Please email Angela at the library at arovatti-leonard@cwmars.org or call 413 863-3214.

Four Fridays in February
10:30-11:30am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour
2/2: Groundhogs; 2/9: Beavers; 2/16: Owls; 2/23: Coyotes
Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.


Friday, February 9
7—9 pm
Great Falls Coffeehouse presents: Lisa Davol and Stephen Page
Traditional songs from the American songbook. Each month the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local talent. Refreshments available. Suggested donations to support educational programming at the Center. Museum and store open during intermission.

Sunday, February 11
12—3pm
Who Do You Love? Valentines for Wildlife
For all ages, stop by the Great Hall to 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. Learn about your favorite animal’s habitat and how to help protect it. Co-sponsored by CFCE Playgroup, a free, fun, safe playgroup for Gill, Montague and surrounding area, promoting early literacy and school readiness.

Saturday, February 17
1-4 pm
Opening Event: Reading the Rocky Book of the Past
Dinosaur Footprints in the Connecticut River Valley
This opening event includes a variety of learning stations for all generations to enjoy: “meet” Orra White Hitchcock and try your hand at botanical drawing and painting; make an imitation fossil out of clay; see and learn about real fossils; make your own small collection of gems and shells; or relax with dinosaur books and puzzles and enjoy dino-themed refreshments. Sponsored in part by Massachusetts Cultural Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the members and donors of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association.

February 17—25
School Vacation Week: Open Every Day All Week Long
We offer expanded winter hours this week so stop by the welcome desk for investigation stations every day 10am to 4pm. Investigation station topics may include dinosaurs, mammals, and birds. Come try a scavenger hunt or a habitat game!

Saturday, February 24
10:30-11:30am
Dinosaur Story Hour
A story hour with crafts and activities focusing on dinosaurs! For ages approximately 4 – 8, with a parent or guardian. Friends and siblings welcome.

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--Janel Nockleby
Visitor Services Supervisor
Great Falls Discovery Center
Connecticut River Greenway State Park
Mass Parks, Department of Conservation & Recreation
2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376
Current office hours Wednesday through Sunday 8 am to 4 pm
janel.nockleby@state.ma.us
(413) 863-3221
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clegg - Tue, Jan 2, 2018, 11:11 A
January 2018 Events
January 2018 program listings at the Great Falls Discovery Center

The Great Falls Discovery Center current seasonal hours are that we are open 5 days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays, 10am to 4pm. We are open on January 1st. Join us for our first day hike! All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted. Free admission. Facilities are accessible.

Coming Soon: Great Hall Art Exhibit on Montague Diversity
Stay tuned for details on our exhibits in the Great Hall gallery for this month.

Monday, January 1st
1—3 pm
First Day Hike: Canalside Rail Trail Stroll
Enjoy a leisurely two-mile stroll down the Canalside Rail Trail and get the New Year started off on a Great Falls note. This family friendly hike follows a gentle route and provides an opportunity to discover the abundant natural, historical, and cultural features that make the Great Falls Discovery Center and rail trail such an amazing State Park! Be prepared for cold weather: dress in layers and wear winter boots. Dogs are welcome on leash. Afterward, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate in the Discovery Center’s Great Hall, sponsored by our Friends Group. Sign in at the Discovery Center’s Great Hall at 1:00 p.m. Hike will begin at 1:15 p.m.

Four Fridays in January: Kidleidoscope Story Hour
1/5: River Otters; 1/12: Bugs in Winter; 1/19: Rabbits; 1/26: Porcupines
10:30-11:30am
Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.

Friday, January 12
7-9 pm
Great Falls Coffeehouse presents: Caleb Wetherbee
Traditional and contemporary folk music with songs in the vein of Fats Waller along with other solo guitar favorites. Each month the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local talent. Refreshments available. Suggested donations to support educational programming at the Center. Museum and store open during intermission.

Saturday, January 13
1-2 pm
Who’s Been Here? Let’s find out!
Join us for stories, crafts, and a tracking adventure to find out who has been outside in the snow at the Discovery Center. For ages 3-8 with a parent or guardian. Siblings and friends welcome. Meet in the Great Hall.

Saturday, January 27
11 am—12 pm
Teaching Creatures presents Animal Defenses
Join Rae Griffiths from Teaching Creatures to take a closer look at live animals that have evolved unique adaptations for defending themselves against predators. This program is FREE, but space is limited so please call 413-863-3221 to reserve your spot! Sponsored by the Friends Group.
 
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clegg - Tue, Oct 3, 2017, 10:30 A
October Events
October 2017 program listings at the Great Falls Discovery Center

The Great Falls Discovery Center current seasonal hours are that we are open 7 days a week, 10am to 6pm through October 9th. Starting October 11th, we are open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm. All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted. Free admission. Facilities are accessible.

October 11—28 Great Hall Art Display: Migration
Connecting through Art and Culture of the Americas
Guatemalan art display curated by local artists.

Sunday, October 1
10:30-11:30 am
Big Picture Botany - Extended Series
Back by popular demand, this series invites you to jump in at any time for one or more sessions to get to know the occasionally tasty, inevitably beautiful, helpfully medicinal, and sometimes dangerous plant world. There are as many reasons to learn to identify plants as there are curious people. We deal more with visual patterns than Latin names to spark your own connection to plant identification. Meet outside the Center.

Friday, October 6
10:30-11:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour—Squirrels
Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the
Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, activities or games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6. Siblings and friends welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sunday, October 8
10:30-11:30 am
Introduction to Invasive Species on the Canalside Rail Trail
Join a DCR park interpreter as we learn together some of the plants that are from these parts and some of the plants that are not. The walk along the rail trail and Discovery Center grounds will be leisurely and not more than 2 miles. Dress for the weather and bring water. Meet outside the museum.

Friday, October 13
7-9 pm
Great Falls Coffeehouse presents: Bill Shontz ~ Sweet as Sugar Trio
Jazz to Folk, Rock n’ Roll to good old-fashioned sing-alongs. Each month the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local talent. Refreshments available. Suggested donations to support educational programming at the Center. Museum and store open during intermission.

Saturday, October 14
12-2 pm
The Great Falls Word Festival & Straw Dog Writers Guild Presents
The Easy Way to Write 30 Poems in 30 Days for fun and non-profit
In this workshop for poets and non-poets, using simple prompts, Tommy Twilite will demonstrate some of the “tricks of the trade” he used to complete his successful 2016 campaign to write “30 Poems In November” and how he helped the Center For New Americans to surpassing its fundraising goals in 2016. The emphasis of the workshop will be on having fun, and on using your creativity and positive energy to fulfill your own dream of writing 30 Poems in 30 Days. Participation is strongly encouraged.

New addtion to the calendar:
Stay tuned for more information on apple picking and fresh cider making on Saturday October 14th!

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--Janel Nockleby
Visitor Services Supervisor
Great Falls Discovery Center
Connecticut River Greenway State Park
Mass Parks, Department of Conservation & Recreation
2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376
janel.nockleby@state.ma.us
(413) 863-3221
 
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clegg - Thu, Jun 22, 2017, 12:08 P
Annual Meeting And Tour
Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center Annual Meeting presents a Museum Tour with Muralist Frank Gregory on June 24, starting at 1 p.m.

Meet the Friends of the GFDC and learn how you also can become a friend. Then join them for a special museum tour and presentation with Frank Gregory, the artist who painted all of the amazing murals in the center’s exhibits. Get the behind the scenes scoop on how the museum was born. You don't need to be a Friend to attend this rare opportunity.
 
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clegg - Thu, May 12, 2016, 11:50 A
May Events
May 2016 program listings at the Great Falls Discovery Center



The Great Falls Discovery Center’s current spring seasonal hours are
Fridays and Saturdays 10 am to 4 pm through mid-May.



All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted.

Facilities are accessible.



Great Hall Art Display: April 2—May 28

Vintage Powerhouse: Cabot Station - A One Hundred Year Retrospective



Friday, May 13

(7—9 pm)

The Great Falls Coffeehouse presents—Moonshine Holler

Moonshine Holler plays American Southern roots music, old time
Appalachian ballads and blues. 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. Suggested donations.



Saturday, May 14

(10:30 -11:30 am)

The Great Migration Challenge

Birds, fish, and butterflies are on the move. Where are they going?
Where have they been? What do they need while they stay with us here?
This story hour with crafts and activities focuses on the many wonders
of life in the Connecticut River watershed. For ages 6 – 8, with a
parent or guardian.



Saturday, May 21

(10 am—6 pm)

Ceremony at 1 pm

Nolumbeka Project: A Day Of Remembrance:

Commemoration of the 340th Anniversary of the Great Falls Massacre

Join the Nolumbeka Project for a Day of Remembrance to honor 12,000
years of Native culture and history at The Great Falls
(Peskeompskut). We are allowing time for visitors to tour this
battlefield area near what was once Great Falls (Peskeompskut) for
personal reflection and historic perspective. Ceremony begins at 1
pm. Key ingredients of the day will include Elder Teachings by Native
American Grandmothers Jeorgina Laroque and Nancy Andry, a look back to
the lasting significance of the Reconciliation Ceremony, guest
speakers, musical offerings, and special tributes to Monique Fordham
and George Nelson. For more information about the day please visit
the Nolumbeka Project’s Facebook page.



Saturday, May 28

(10:30 —11:30 am)

Kidleidoscope—Bird Beak Buffet



Come learn about our neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut
River watershed. This program includes a story, interactive games,
and a craft to introduce you and your child to wildlife along the
river. Today’s topic is about how different birds eat different food
with different beaks. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6. Siblings
and friends welcome.
 
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clegg - Tue, Feb 16, 2016, 12:48 P
February Schedule
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.

Sunday
February 7
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.

Friday
February 12
7—9 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.

February 13—21
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.

Saturday
February 13
10 am-2pm
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.

Sunday
February 14
1—3 pm
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.

Saturday
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.

Saturday
February 27
10:30 a.m.
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.

Saturday
February 27
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.

--Janel Nockleby
Visitor Services Supervisor, DCR Mass Parks
Great Falls Discovery Center
Connecticut River Gateway State Park
2 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376
janel.nockleby@state.ma.us
Office Hours: Wednesday through Sunday
(413) 863-3221
 
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clegg - Thu, Jan 30, 2014, 5:30 P
February Calendar
February 2014

In the Great Hall

19th and 20th Century Photographs: Children of the Swift River Valley in the Great Hall


Sat., Feb. 1 (10:30 – 11:30 am) Winter and Spring Pre-school Series: Groundhog Weather School!

Will the groundhog see his shadow this year? How long until Spring? Join Janel Nockleby for stories, crafts, and activities to find out more about this hibernating mammal and its mysterious forecasts. For ages 3 – 6 with a parent or guardian. Siblings and friends welcome.


Sat., Feb. 8 (1:00 – 3:00 pm) Opening Reception for Children of the Swift River Valley Exhibit

Family-friendly exhibit of historic photos focusing on the children of the Swift River Valley before it was flooded. This exhibit is presented by the Swift River Valley Historical Society and will be open Fridays and Saturdays through the end of March. Please join us!

Fri., Feb. 14 (7:00 – 9:00 pm) Great Falls Coffeehouse Presents: Fire Pond

Eveline MacDougall and Douglas Reid present a wide variety of music: old-time fiddle tunes, swing, roots music, Celtic, Eastern European, folk, gospel, and originals. The Valentine's Evening show at the Discovery Center will feature many types of love songs (love for the earth, love for each other, good jokes, family, chocolate, & community)! The concert will be geared for people of all ages & all walks of life.



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., Feb. 15 (1:00 – 2:00 pm) Watershed Investigators: Bears!

It’s the time of year when bear cubs are being born in their dens and adult bears are thinking about coming out of hibernation. Come learn all about bears and what they have been doing all winter. “Watershed Investigators” is a 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.

Thurs., Feb. 20 (7:00 – 9:00 pm) Greenfield Garden Club Presents: The Smith College Botanic Garden: Past, Present and Future.

This evening will feature two guest speakers. First, Cynthia Boettner of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge will present an update on new invasive species to the Franklin County area, and the things that can be done to prevent their spread. Following her, Mr. Michael Marcotrigiano, Professor of Biological Sciences and Director of the Botanic Garden at Smith College in Northampton will give a talk highlighting the past, present, and future of the Smith College Botanic Garden. Smith College contains over 8,000 taxa of plants that are housed within its outdoor gardens, glass houses, and Arboretum. Public is welcome!


Sat., Feb. 22 (10:30 – 11:30 am) Winter and Spring Pre-school Series: Where Are All the Animals Hiding?

Winter is a time for staying snug and warm for animals too! Join Janel Nockleby to investigate the secret hidden animal homes of the season through stories, crafts, and activities. For ages

3 – 6 with a parent or guardian. Siblings and friends welcome

The Great Falls Discovery Center is open om Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.

Call 1-413-863-3221 for info and/or field trip options for schools, senior centers or other area organizations
 
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clegg - Thu, Jun 6, 2013, 5:41 P
June Calendar of Events
June 2013

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.


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clegg - Wed, Feb 13, 2013, 10:07 A
School Vacation
Wondering what to do school vacation week? Come visit the Great Falls Discovery Center! We will be open Tuesday through Saturday of the break. We have two children's events happening during that week. The first is a three day build a duck program for children in grades 3-6 with one of our spectacular volunteers who also happens to be a retired art teacher! Kids will learn various art techniques, take a closer look at ducks in nature, and create their very own unique duck. This program will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1-3 pm. Pre-registration is required. The second program is for younger children 3-6, though all are welcome, and will take a look at wildlife tracks. Children will use their detective skills to figure out which animals have been paying a visit to the Great Falls Discovery Center! This program will be Friday from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. We hope to see you stop in!
 
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clegg - Thu, Aug 23, 2012, 2:34 P
September Events Calendar
September 2012
In the Great Hall: Photographs by Peter J. Crowley
September 1-30, 2012

Sundays, Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm) Refuge Rambles: Connecticut Watershed Habitat Discoveries

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.

Tuesdays, Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25, 2012 (10:30 am - 11:30 am) Kidleidoscope

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.

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 (10:30 am - 11:30 pm) Watershed Investigators: Dinosaur Dig!

Become an archeologist for the day and help the staff at the Great Falls Discovery Center
unearth some dinosaur fossils! Orientated for ages 7-10 but all are welcome!

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm) Watershed History: The Patch

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.

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 (7:00 pm - 8:30 pm) Third Thursday Evening Program: Forest Management

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
 
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clegg - Wed, Jun 27, 2012, 11:00 A
Book signing
If you happen to be in Greenfield on Wednesday afternoon stop by World Eye Book Store on Main St. Author Matt Rigney will be signing copies of "In Pursuit of Giants: One Man's Global Search for the Last of the Great Fish." The book store will be donating 10% of today's sales of the book to the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center in support of free programming at the GFDC.
 
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clegg - Fri, Jun 1, 2012, 10:11 A
Family Fishing Day
June 2, 2012
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Family Fish Day

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!


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clegg - Wed, May 2, 2012, 11:15 A
May events
Great Falls Discovery Center is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.
Starting May 14th, the Center will be open 7 days a week, from 10 am to 4 pm.
All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted.

In the Great Hall: Paintings by Heather M. Craig May 1-30, 2012


Saturday, May 5, 2012 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm) Artist Reception: Heather M. Craig

Join us in welcoming Artist Heather M. Craig to the Great Falls Discovery Center. You will get the opportunity to meet the artist and explore her new exhibit. Refreshments served.

Friday, May 11, 2012 (7:00 - 9:00 pm) GFDC Friends Coffeehouse Series: The Harmaniacs

The Harmaniacs are an eclectic harmonica trio, from western Massachusetts. Coming from a wide variety of musical backgrounds, the Harmaniacs play everything from swing to the Beatles to waltzes from Finland, switching lead, bass and chord roles. Doug Tanner, Rob Fletcher, and Steven Retchin are "The Harmaniacs."

Doors open at 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7 pm. Refreshments are available. The museum and museum store will be open at intermission. Donations help the Friends support free programming at the Great Falls Discovery Center ($6–$12 suggested). 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.


Saturday, May 12, 2012 (10:30 am – 11:30 pm) Second Saturday Family Series: What is an oil spill?

Let’s take a look together at some sources of water pollution and their effects on wildlife. Through hands-on experiments we will learn about the difficulties of cleaning up these problems. Afterwards, participate in a fun craft.

Thursday, May 17, 2012 (7:00 - 8:30 pm) Linking Landscapes for Massachusetts Wildlife: Turtles and Road Ecology
Join us for a chat with David Paulson of Mass Wildlife. He'll explore how roads are maintained with wildlife in mind, especially turtles!
Programs are generally geared towards adults, but families are welcome to attend.


Friday, May 25, 2012 (10:30 - 11:30 am) Fourth Friday Young Children's Story Hour: Frogs

Spring peepers may be the smallest frog in the Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge, but did you know their call can be heard from over a mile away? Join us for some frog-tastic stories accompanied by a frog themed craft. This event is geared towards children ages 3-6.


Saturday, May 26, 2012(10:30 am - 2:00 pm) Investigation Station: Rocks & Fossils

The Pioneer Valley is known for its unique geological features. Come visit the museum and stop by our front desk to view some examples of rocks and fossils you can see in our area such as armored mud balls and dinosaur prints.

Saturday, May 26, 2012(1:00-2:00 pm) Movie: Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring

Come celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Silent Spring author Rachel Carson, whose “warnings sparked a revolution in environmental policy and created a new ecological consciousness.”
 
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clegg - Fri, Jan 20, 2012, 5:10 P
Febuary Schedule of events
February 3-29, 2012 2012: In the Great Hall-Painting by Camilla Roberts

Feb. 4, 2012 (1:00 - 3:00 pm) Artist Reception

Meet this month's artist Camilla Roberts in person from 1-3 pm. Refreshments served and tips shared.

Feb. 11, 2012 (10:30 - 11:30 am) 2nd Saturday Family Series –Animal Tracks Investigation Walk

Come take a walk around the Discovery Center and learn how to identify different animals by their tracks. See what's been here when we're not around. A fox? A racoon? Dress warm!

Feb. 16, 2012 (7:00 am - 8:30 pm) Goji berries!

Join us for a chat with Rachel Levin from the Department of Biology at Amherst College. We'll explore goji berries and their relatives!

Thursday night series is generally geared towards adults, but families are welcome to attend.

Feb. 24, 2012 (10:30 am - 12:00 pm) Fourth Friday Story Hour-Owls

Come listen to a wonderful story about Owls, and then stay for a craft activity. This is meant for our very young audience.

Feb. 28 2012 (10:30 am - 2:00 pm) Investigation Station-Winter Buds

Can you tell what kind of tree it is by looking at its buds when there are no leaves? Come investigate winter buds.
 
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clegg - Fri, Jan 6, 2012, 5:51 P
Ray Mason performing at the Discovery Center
GFDC Coffehouse
Friday Jan 13, 2012, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Ray Mason performs at 7 pm on Friday, January 13, at the Great Falls Coffeehouse. Ray will be performing solo with his 1965 Silvertone guitar. Although Ray is local to the valley, he has been touring far and wide since the 1960’s with big-name bands such as The Band, NRBQ, They Might Be Giants, Graham Parker, Warren Zevon, Laura Cantrell, Junior Brown, Fred Eaglesmith, his own band The Lonesome Brothers, and many more talented musicians and bands. Ray has released 12 CDs to date; some will be available for sale on the night of the performance. “It’s rock with the roll, just one man and his guitar”.

The coffeehouse takes place in the historic Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center at 2 Avenue A, in downtown Turners Falls. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Coffee and homemade baked goods are available. The museum and museum store are open during intermission. Suggested sliding scale donation $6–$12, free for children. Donations help the Friends of the Discovery Center provide free nature programming for the public. The Discovery Center is wheelchair accessible. For more information, please call the Discovery Center at (413) 863-3221.
 
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clegg - Fri, Oct 28, 2011, 4:54 P
November events
November, 2011

Nature Printing, Weaving, and Surface Design by Leonore Alaniz in the Great Hall all of November

Nov. 11, 2011 (7:00 - 9:00 pm) Friends’ Coffeehouse- Last Night’s Fun Stop by and enjoy Celtic music from Last Night’s Fun, a local band. Come and get your jig on! Refreshments are available!

Nov. 12, 2011 (10:30 am - 2:00 pm) Nature Printing! Join Great Falls Discovery Center featured artist, Leonore Alaniz, and learn about the history of nature printing and the Renaissance technique of imprinting plants, feathers and shells onto paper and fabric with water soluble, non-toxic inks!

Nov. 17, 2011 (7:00 - 8:30 pm) Mineral Collecting. Fascinated by minerals, but don’t know much about them? Maybe you’re just curious about the difference between minerals and gems? Join artist Fred Wilda of the Connecticut Valley Mineral Club for a presentation about his interesting collection! Fred also does water color paintings of minerals, and has published his work in mineral books and magazines! This program is adult oriented, but families are welcome to attend.

Nov. 25, 2011 Center Closed

Nov. 26, 2011 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Investigation Station: All About Turkeys! Learn about the different parts of a turkey! Investigate wild turkeys and their re-introduction to Massachusetts! Come and join us for a turkey craft!
 
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clegg - Fri, Sep 30, 2011, 5:25 P
October events
In the Great Hall

October 1-31, 2011 Northeast Fall Photography by Eric Valentine

Interested in what draws people to New England in the fall? Come check out Eric Valentine's photography exhibit as he brings an Oregonian’s eye to the Northeast.

Oct. 1, 2011 (1:00 - 3:00 pm) Artist Reception

Come meet Oregon photographer, Eric Valentine, our featured artist, in the Great Hall of the Discovery Center. Light refreshments will be served.

Oct. 8, 2011 (10:30 am - 2:00 pm) Catch a Falling Star: Family-science fun…hunting for micrometeorites!

Would you like to catch a falling star (a micrometeorite, that is!) and put it in your pocket? Come to the Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 10:30 am and Holyoke Community College geology instructor Steve Winters will show you how!

Scientists estimate that about 22,000 tons of micrometeorite materials fall to the Earth every year. Most falls in the ocean, but some falls on land, and much of it ends up in our rivers. Our New England rivers (especially the Connecticut, New England’s longest) have collected, funneled, and preserved tons of micrometeorites over the years, and they’re just waiting for you to come find them and take them home!

Steve will guide you through family-science fun sifting through river sand with a magnet looking for tiny metallic beads—the most common form in which we find this special kind of cosmic dust. Sand, magnets, and microscopes will be provided.

“Catch a Falling Star!” is sponsored by the Friends of Great Falls Discovery Center.

Oct. 14, 2011 (7:00 - 9:00 pm) GFDC Friends present Coffeehouse Series featuring Zydeco Connection

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. Come catch the Louisiana blues beat with Zydeco Connection--dancing encouraged!

Oct. 15, 2011 (10:00 am-2:00 pm) WoW Express at the Great Falls Discovery Center

Come celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week with the Silvio O. Conte’s new Watershed on Wheels! Walk through an immersion trailer; try your hand at identifying 40 different critters to identify; test your grip compared to an eagle’s talon; play a web of life Jenga type game, and learn about your watershed! Cake offered to celebrate the Refuge System!

Oct. 20, 2011 (7:00 - 8:30 pm) Where do the birds around Turners Falls spend their winters?

Come join Scott Surner from the Hampshire Bird Club help kick off our fledgling group of birders! Scott will share some remarkable information about bird migration and highlight what we can look forward to when spring comes our way. And where do the birds that we see here in the Turners Falls area go in the winter anyway? And, how about the birds that stay local? Why is that? Are you interested in birding? Would you like to learn the answers to these questions and more? Come to this program and let's learn together and get this group flying.

Oct. 22, 2011 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) Visit the Investigation Station at the Front Desk-

All about pumpkins!

This months’ investigation station be set up at the front desk will cover all aspects of pumpkins. A craft activity will also be available for younger visitors.

Oct. 28, 2011 (10:30 - 11:30 am) Fourth Friday Young Children's Story Hour

Join us the fourth Friday story hour featuring animals of the night in honor of Halloween. Have your little one wear a costume if they would like. There will be a craft activity and prizes! This hour is especially for children ages 3-6.


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
 
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clegg - Fri, Sep 2, 2011, 4:42 P
This weekend at the GFDC
Stop by the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, in Turners Falls on Sunday, September 4, from 2:00 p.m to 3:30 p.m.and learn about brick manufacturing in the town of Montague and architectural styles and designs using those bricks. This program is in conjunction with the September’s Artist Exhibit in the Great Hall by Anne Harding. Harding is displaying knitting based on brick designs in Turners Falls and brick photography in the Great Hall starting September 1st. An open reception for the art work will be held on Saturday, September 3, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
 
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clegg - Fri, Jul 22, 2011, 3:12 P
Block Party using GFDC grounds
Saturday, August 13 (2:00 pm – 8:00 pm) Turners Falls Block Party!

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.

The grounds will also feature paper making presentation be Southworth Paper and many or the vendors from the Wednesday Great Falls Farmers Market.

This will be the first year that the Turners Falls Block Party has extend all the way to the park grounds.
 
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clegg - Thu, Jul 21, 2011, 4:45 P
August Events at GFDC
In the Great Hall
Photography by Rollin Atkinson

August 1 – 31, 2011


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!

Saturday, August 13 (2:00 pm – 6:00 pm) Turners Falls Block Party!

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.
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clegg - Sat, Jul 9, 2011, 2:21 P
Special events
On Friday, July 22nd, 2011 starting at 1:00 pm, join the Boston Museum of Science in the Great Hall for a live animal program featuring reptiles! What makes a reptile a reptile? Are snakes slimy? Come find out when the Museum's live animal center visits the Great Falls Discovery Center! Call the Discovery Center (413.863.3221) for more information.

On Saturday July 30th, 2011 from 9:30 am-12:30 pm, join Refuge staff with water chestnut removal in and around Barton Cove. Water chestnut is an invasive aquatic plant that can choke out other native plants, making boating, swimming, and fishing difficult. Please call the Discovery Center (413.863.3221) to register and for more information.

All programs at the Discovery Center are free unless otherwise indicated. Summer hours are 10 am - 4 pm, 7 days a week. Visit www.greatfallsma.org to view our calendar and stay up to date with what's happening at Great Falls Discovery Center! Or join us on facebook: Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center

Silvio O. Conte NFWR
Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA
413.863.3221
 
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clegg - Thu, Jun 30, 2011, 12:35 P
July Events
In the Great Hall

"Underwater Life" a Photographic Exhibition by Norm Vexler

July 1- July 31, 2011

Saturday, July 2, 2011 (1:00 - 3:00 pm): Artist Reception

Join us for a reception recognizing the current month's featured artist, Norm Vexler, in the Great Hall of the Discovery Center.

Norm Vexler, a resident of Amherst, Massachusetts has been involved with underwater photography for the past 20 years. His extensive travels around the world have taken him to some of the most remote and beautiful locations on the planet including Micronesia, Australia, Papua New Guinea, The Solomon Islands, Fiji, Indonesia and Thailand. His love for the ocean is reflected in his art as a photographer and his images capture the essence of the incredible natural beauty found in the underwater environment. Light refreshments will be served.


Friday, July 8, 2011 (7:00 - 9:00 pm): GFDC Friends present Coffeehouse Series

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.

Join the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center to enjoy the 20’s and 30’s acoustic blues sound of “Same Old Blues.”


Saturday, July 9, 2011 (10:30 am - 2:00 pm): Second Saturday Children's Series

The second Saturday Children’s Series is a great way to explore pieces of nature. This time, we’ll look at petals and thistles. Test your matching skills and learn something new about the wild plants we live with.



Sunday, July 10, 2011 (2:00 - 3:30 pm): Watershed Poets and Their Rivers

Join us at the Great Falls Discovery Center for a FREE program. Obsessing about rivers and water is elemental for many poets. Come learn about the Connecticut River Watershed, including its tributaries, from the perspective of the poets. Hear from poets Emily Dickinson, Wallace Stevens, Frederick Goddard Tuckerman, and more! Weather permitting we may stroll along the Canalside Bike Path to view the Connecticut River and write our own interpretations of water. We will consider ways to honor the largest river in New England through words and through conservation. For more information call (413) 863-3221.


Tuesday, July 5th, 12th, 26th, 2011 (10:30 - 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. Call 413.863.3221 or visit: www.greatfallsma.org for more details.


Saturday, July 16, 2011 (10:00 am - 12:00 pm): Montague Sandplain Hike

Come learn about the story of fire on the Montague sand plain! Why is the landscape like Cape Cod, but the ocean miles away? Now’s your chance to explore a unique habitat designed by fire, ice, and sand. Find: Sand dunes! Scrub oak! Pitch pine! Blueberries! Join an interpreter for an introduction to the fauna, flora, and geology of this amazing and threatened habitat. Easy-to-intermediate difficulty hike. Bring water, bug repellant, and sun screen. Free. Registration required- call 413-863-3221 or visit www.greatfallsma.org. Meet at the Great Falls Discovery Center to carpool to the site.


Sunday, July 17, 2011 (8:00 - 9:30 am): Canalside 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 a.m. Learn about plants, animals, and mill town history along the Canalside 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 repellant, and sun screen. For more information, call 413.863.3221 or visit: www.greatfallsma.org.


Monday-Thursday, July 18th-21st, 2011 (10:30 am - 12:00 pm): Junior Rangers

Starting July 18th and ending July 21st, the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls is offering a four-part science and nature education workshop for children as part of their 2011 Junior Ranger “Nature Kids” program. “Nature Kids,” for young naturalists ages 8-11, will meet July 18, 19, 20, and 21. Children and parents should meet at the Discovery Center lobby at 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls. All programs will start at 10:30 a.m. and will last about 90 minutes. Each day will have a theme. Junior Ranger “Nature Kids” programs are free and open to all. Space is limited- to register call (413) 863-3221 or visit www.greatfallsma.org.


Thursday, July 21, 2011 (7:00 - 8:30 pm): Third Thursday Evening Program

Join Refuge staff as we present a different program on the third Thursday of each month. Thursday night programs are free, unless otherwise noted, and are adult-oriented, but families are welcome to attend.

This week, let’s learn about those mysterious mushrooms that inhabit the oddest places! Roger Monthey, from U.S. Forest Service in New Hampshire will help to enlighten us about these fascinating fungi.


Friday, July 22, 2011 (10:30 - 11:30 am): Fourth Friday Young Children's Story Hour

Join us the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 am to 11:30 am for a story hour especially for children ages 3-6. After the story, you can join us for an age appropriate activity.

This week, it’s Anasazi the Spider. Let’s kindle an interest in our eight-legged friends!


Friday, July 22, 2011 (1:00 - 2:00 pm): The Boston Science Museum Presents: Reptiles!

Are snakes actually slimy? Why do snapping turtles snap? And most importantly, what makes a reptile a reptile? The best way to become acquainted with reptiles is to meet animals from the Museum’s Live Animal Center. Together we will answer these questions and many more while we learn about these incredible animals.


Saturday, July 23, 2011 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm): Visit the Investigation Station at the Front Desk!

Every fourth Saturday, visit the investigation station set up at the front desk. Investigation stations will cover a variety of topics throughout the year, and will have something to offer for all ages.

This week, let’s examine the differences between reptiles, fish, and amphibians. Some have slimy skin, others have scales. Come teach our naturalist all you know about these creatures!


Sunday, July 24, 2011 (2:00 - 3:30 pm): Watershed History: The Patch

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 or visit www.greatfallsma.org.

Saturday, July 30, 2011 (9:30 am – 12:30 pm): Pesty-Plant-Pulling Day

Help save the Connecticut River from a plant invader. Water chestnut is a pretty, but serious plant pest that can take over shallow waterways, obstructing boating and other recreational activities and crowding out native plants and the wildlife that depend on them. Staff from the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, the Connecticut River Watershed Council and Northfield Mountain are organizing a "plant-pulling day" in and around Barton Cove in Gill, MA. Participants will canoe to a couple of locations where plants have been found in previous seasons and look for new infestation locations. The plants, which are easily recognizable from their floating leaves, will be carefully pulled and put in trash bags for removal by truck to a place where they cannot do any more damage. After pulling, there will be a gathering in the Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. where participants can enjoy air conditioning, relaxing, and desserts! A confirmation email with what to wear and bring will be shared with registered participants. Pre-register by calling 413-548-8002 ext. 115. For ages 12 and older.
 
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linda - Thu, Jun 23, 2011, 10:46 A
Drawing by the Ct. River
Drawing is a wonderful way to learn more about the world we live in, and spend time to really see our surroundings.

Join artist Annie Chappell of Northfield and enjoy time along the Connecticut River in Turner’s Falls drawing birds, plants, rocks, landscapes, and more!

No experience necessary, but please bring pencils and/or pens, plain drawing paper (a pad or notebook or clip board), comfortable clothing for being outside, including hats, walking shoes, etc.

We will meet at the Great Falls Discovery Center on Saturday, June 25th at 9a.m. in the courtyard. If it is rainy, we will draw inside! This workshop is free, but space is limited. It is funded by NOAA and the Franklin Council of Governments. Please call to register @ 413.498.2710
 
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clegg - Fri, Jun 3, 2011, 5:55 P
June Schedule and more
In the Great Hall

Nature Photography by Patrick Zephyr

June 1 – June 30, 2011


Friday, June 10, 2011 (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm): Friends Coffeehouse Series Presents: Daniel hales, and the frost heaves

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.

Daniel hales, and the frost heaves blend indie rock and psychedelic folk—as well as other genres—to create their own eclectic hybrid. The core of the band is Daniel: guitar, sitar, harmonica, and lead vocals; James Lowe: bass, kazoo, and vocals; Charlie Conant: guitar, dobro, and vocals; Ivan Ussach: drums, percussion, and vocals; and Emily Breines: violin and vocals.


Saturday, June 11, 2011 (9:30 am - 12:00 pm): GeoPlus River Walk

Ever want to go on one of those Turners Falls Geowalks but never got around to it? Here’s your chance! Steve Winters, now working as Holyoke Community College’s first full-time Earth Science instructor, will again make the geologic rounds in Turners Falls on Saturday, June 11, 2011. In addition to snooping under various shales and sandstones, Steve will also lead a group down to the river to look at rock worn flat by centuries, if not millennia, of water’s smoothing action. Most of Steve’s walk will be on pavement and sidewalks around Turners Falls (about 2 miles), and the short excursion to the river will involve some minor descent along the river bank (weather and water-levels permitting). Please wear appropriate footwear. “GeoPlus River Walk” starts at 9:30 am. Please meet in front of the Great Falls Discovery Center. We will return to Center grounds around 12 noon. (Rain date: June 18, 2011).

Sponsored by the Friends of Great Falls Discovery Center with funding provided by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration with the assistance of the Franklin Regional Council of Governments and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.


Saturday, June 11, 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 anytime between 10:30 am and 2:00 pm for activities.

This month, discover crayfish and aquatic insects up close! Get your hands dirty looking through aquatic plants to discover what kinds of insects fish and other organisms eat. Additionally, look at crayfish up close to determine what features make them suited for the habitat that they live in.


Saturday, June 11, 2011 (1:30 pm - 3:30 pm): Water Under the Bridge Bike Tour

White bridge, red bridge, green bridge, one way, which way, fish way? Find out more! 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. How do these challenges compare with our current Gill-Montague bridge construction experiences? We will meet at the main entrance to the Great Falls Discovery Center at 1:30 pm on Saturday June 11th. Bring your bike, water, bug spray, helmet, and sun block. For more information: Call Janel at (413) 863-3221 or visit www.greatfallsma.org. Planned in partnership with Turners Falls RiverCulture for the Water Under the Bridge Music Festival.


Sunday, June 12, 2011 (2:00 - 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, Wallace Stevens, Frederick Goddard Tuckerman, and more! Weather permitting we may stroll along the Canalside 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.




Thursday, June 16, 2011 (7:00 pm - 8:30 pm): Gordon Morrison: How to be a Field Artist

Come join us to hear nature artist and illustrator Gordon Morrison talk about how he does his work as a field artist—either to pick up some tips for your own work or to discover how an artist’s choice of work led him to a deepening commitment to nature. Gordon will bring along samples of his sketches, finished works, and book illustrations and will show us the kit of materials he keeps in his car just in case he finds an urge to draw from nature, which happens pretty frequently. This is your chance to learn about how art illustration is done, from an artist’s point of view.


Saturday, June 18, 2011 (10:00 am - 2:00 pm): Family Fish Day, Including a Visit from the Watershed on Wheels Express

The Great Falls Discovery Center's Sixth 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. Learn how to tie flies, cast fly fishing rods, and go fishing in Barton Cove. There will also be face painting at the Discovery Center and fish printing hosted by the Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center at the fish viewing station! 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 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, and the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. Come celebrate!


Sunday, June 19, 2011 (8:00 am - 9:30 am): Canalside 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 Canalside 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 repellant, and sun screen. For more information, call 413.863.3221 or visit: www.greatfallsma.org.


Sunday, June 19, 2011 (1:00 pm – 2:30 pm or 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm): Barton Cove by Canoe

Join Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center’s Dwight Harrison and Kim Noyes for an introduction to canoe safety, paddling on the Connecticut River and the magic of Barton Cove. Blooming mountain laurel, nesting bald eagles and ancient waterfalls are all part of this June paddling program at Barton Cove. The program is free and sponsored by the Friends of Great Falls Discovery Center with funding provided by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration with the assistance of the Franklin Regional Council of Governments and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged by calling 413-863-3221.


Friday, June 24, 2011 (10:30 am - 11:30 am): Fourth Friday Young Children's Story Hour Explores Fireflies!

Join us the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 am to 11:30 am for a story hour especially for children ages 3-6. After the story, you can join us for an age appropriate activity.

We will be reading Fireflies! by Julie Binckloe, and then exploring the fascinating world of fireflies through an interactive activity. After the activity, we will have a craft available to help spur your child's interest in investigating fireflies further.


Saturday, June 25, 2011 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm): Visit the Investigation Station at the Front Desk!

Every fourth Saturday, visit the investigation station set up at the front desk. Investigation stations will cover a variety of topics throughout the year, and will have something to offer for all ages.

This month investigate what fish eat! Look at what aquatic insects eat up close!


Saturday, June 25, 2011 (1:00 pm - 2:00 pm): New England Wildlife: Live Animal Program with Southern Vermont Natural History Museum and Friends Annual Meeting

Join Michael Clough of the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum to look at examples of New England’s wildlife. Live birds, mammals, and reptiles, along with New England wildlife artifacts will help the audience to learn about the many wildlife species that live in our forests. This program is appropriate for all ages. Call (413) 863-3221 for more details. The Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center will meet briefly prior to the program.


Sunday, June 26, 2011 (2:00 pm - 3:30 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 build 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 the grand old days in Turners Falls. For more information call (413) 863-3221 or visit www.greatfallsma.org.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011 (10:30 - 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. Call 413.863.3221 or visit: www.greatfallsma.org for more details.


Wednesday, June 29, 2011 (10:30 am - 12:00 pm): River Mammals with Naturalist Dawn Marvin Ward

Beavers, muskrats and river otters are all native to our wetlands and waterways. However; these fascinating creatures have lots of differences in their behaviors and lifestyles. Join along in this hands-on educational nature program that begins inside then venture outside to explore the banks of the Connecticut River for a close up look at the habitat of these curious creatures. Dress appropriately for weather conditions and footwear suitable for a rocky shoreline. For more info call the Discovery Center 863-3221 or Dawn 367-9562. This program is made possible with a grant from NOAA.

Note: In case of really inclement weather, activities will be set up for exploration and creativity indoors.



Laurel Carpenter
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge
Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376
(413) 863-3221
 
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clegg - Fri, Jun 3, 2011, 5:28 P
June events and info
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.
 
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clegg - Sun, May 15, 2011, 1:05 P
Thank you
The GFDC was packed for both owl presentations on Saturday, May 14. Thank you to all that attended
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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.
 
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clegg - Sat, May 14, 2011, 3:56 P
7 day a week
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"
 
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clegg - Fri, Apr 15, 2011, 6:52 P
May Schedule
Great Falls Discovery Center is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm until May 14, 2011.
Starting May 15, 2011, Great Falls Discovery Center will be open 7 days a week from 10 am to 4 pm. All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted.


May 2011


In the Great Hall
May 1-May 30

A Sense of the Refuge: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge 50th Anniversary Exhibit

Program Schedule

May 1, 2011 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm): Downtown Turners Falls Spring Clean-Up

Pitch in to clean-up Turners Falls. Meet in front of the Great Falls Discovery Center at 10:00 am. This clean-up is being put on by the Streetscape Committee. For more details, call the Discovery Center at (413) 863-3221.

May 13, 2011 (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm): Friends’ Coffee House Series Presents Kathy Chapman and Blue Moon

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.

Kathy sings songs about family, love and life’s challenges in a smooth, folk/rock, Nanci Griffith style. She has opened for artists like Bill Staines, and Garnet Rogers, and plays widely in the Pioneer Valley and beyond. Her band, Blue Moon, widens the repertoire to include classic rock and blues tunes from Patsy Cline to Jimmy Hendrix along with some original pop tunes written by guitarist and music composer Joe Pod. Joe, perhaps best known in the Valley as a member of the 70’s band, Spirit in Flesh, is also the owner of Avocet Recording Studios where Kathy’s first and second CD were recorded. On keyboard is Dick Amberman, her partner in Limited Edition and also a member of The King Bees, a long running blues band in the Pioneer Valley. Other musicians in the group include John Sorrentino holds down the bottom end of the rhythm section on bass and Daniel Scott keeps the groove going on drums.

May 14, 2011 (10:30 am - 11:45 am and 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm): Eyes on Owls- Live Owl Presentation

Program is free but space is limited- please call 413-863-3221 to reserve a spot.

Everyone loves owls! Yet, how often do you get to see an owl up close? Perhaps you've glimpsed the shadowy form of a Great-horned Owl in the beam of your headlights as you traveled a back road at night. Have you ever scanned a frozen saltmarsh or hayfield in winter, hoping to find that arctic hunter, the Snowy Owl? How about that mob of noisy crows circling a white pine tree? Have they found an owl? Join teacher/naturalist Marcia Wilson and author/photographer/naturalist Mark Wilson in sharing their passion for owls!

Owls of the World - Who's Watching You? introduces you to the owls of New England and beyond. Mark and Marcia share the field marks, signs and naturalist's skills that you can use to find wild owls without disturbing them. Next, you meet six live owls (from small to huge) up close. Everyone participates in a hooting lesson and learns tips on how to attract and protect owls near you. While the selection of live owls varies from group to group, chances are you'll meet New England's tiniest owl, the Northern Saw-Whet Owl (weighing in at 4 ounces) along with the world's largest owl, the Eurasian Eagle Owl (check out that five foot wingspan!). Other species that figure prominently in our program can include Eastern Screech Owl, Barred Owl, Barn Owl, Great-horned Owl, Snowy Owl and Spectacled Owl. Owl pellets and white wash are topics of great interest at our programs and we spend time dissecting these fascinating aspects of owl biology.

The 10:30 am program will be held in the Great Hall. If weather allows, the 1:30 pm program will be held outside.

May 15, 2011 (1:00 – 3:00 pm): Edible Plants of Spring Field Walk

Take a walk along the Canal-side bike path with Blanche Derby to locate and learn about edible plants that emerge in Spring. The walk will depart from the bike path entrance in Unity Park at 1 pm. In the event of rain, the program will be held in the Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center.

May 19, 2011 (7:00 - 8:30 pm): Third Thursday Adult Speaker’s Series presents Lamar Gore on Birding

Join biologist Lamar Gore to learn some beginning birding skills. Lamar has been bird watching for well over a decade while working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Vermont, Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, and Massachusetts. During the program, you will learn how to identify birds by look, behavior, and sound.

May 21, 2011 (1:00 – 4:00 pm): “Picture Your World” Photography Workshop for Teens

“Picture Your World” is a free photography workshop by two professional photographers and a naturalist especially for teens. The afternoon workshop will explore the basics of photography and build appreciation for the natural world surrounding the Connecticut River landscape. Discover the art of nature and landscape photography. Point and shoot cameras provided or you may bring your own. Workshop is for ages 13-18, and space is limited so please give us a call at 413-863-3221 to reserve you spot. Participants’ photos will be published in the The Montague Reporter. This workshop was funded by the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center.


May 27, 2011(10:30 – 11:30 am): Young Children’s Story Hour

Join us the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 am to 11:30 am for a story hour especially for children ages 3-6. After the story, you can join us for an age appropriate activity.

We will be reading Rainbow Fish Finds His Way by Marcus Pfister, and then making our own rainbow fish. This program is a great way to get your family interested in migrating fish, which you can view for free across the street at the Turners Falls Fishway, a fish ladder, after the program.


May 28, 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 see. In May, we will investigate birds’ nests. Appropriate for all ages.



Ashley Dussold
Park Ranger, Visitor Services
Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376

 
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clegg - Fri, Apr 8, 2011, 5:51 P
Saturday Programming
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.

 
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clegg - Fri, Apr 8, 2011, 5:09 P
Coffeehouse Music Series
Coffeehouse Series
Friday Apr 8, 2011, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
GFDC Friends present Coffeehouse Series: Ramblin’ Red and the Blackstone Riders

Ramblin’ Red and the Blackstone Riders croon cowboy tunes at 7 pm on Friday, April 8, at the Great Falls Coffeehouse. Corralled from across New England, the cowboy musicians are singer and tamboritza (octave mandolin) player Lisa “Red” Abbatomarco, pedal steel guitar player “Prairie Phil” Abbatomarco, and string players Charlie “Chuck Wagon” Moser, Michael “T.R. Wilburn” Nix, and Bob “By Jiminy” Asprinio, with a special appearance by Miss Patricia, a.k.a. “the Schoolmarm.”

The coffeehouse takes place in the historic, handicapped-accessible Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center at 2 Avenue A in downtown Turners Falls. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Coffee and home-baked treats are available, and the Center and gift shop open during intermission. The suggested sliding scale donation of $6 to $12 (free for children) helps the Friends support free nature programming at the Great Falls Discovery Center. For more information, please call the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center at (413)863-3221 or visit greatfallsma.org.

 
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clegg - Sun, Mar 27, 2011, 4:48 P
April schedule of events
All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted.

April 2011
In the Great Hall April 1 – April 30, 2011
Spineless Splendor Insect Sign Photography Exhibit by Northern Naturalists


Saturday, April 2, 2011 (1:00 pm - 3:00 pm): Artist reception for Turners Falls High School Students’ Fish Artwork
Come meet some of the young artists of a temporary fish-themed art exhibit in the live exhibit room. The exhibit will be on display until mid-May.

Friday, April 8, 2011 (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm): Friends’ Coffee House Series

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.

Where the buffalo roam ain’t always where the cowfolks roam! Corralled from across New England, Ramblin’ Red and the Blackstone River Riders were born from a love of the singin' cowboy. Lisa “Red” Abbatomarco lassooed this posse to roam the musical range. “Prairie Phil” Abbatomarco is the grandpappy of the pedal steel with over 60 years under his beltbuckle. And strummin their strings like lickin butter off a knife are 3 corn crackin buckaroos, Charlie “Chuck wagon” Moser, Michael “T.R. Wilburn” Nix and Bob “by jiminy” Asprinio. With a special appearance by Miss Patricia aka “the Schoolmarm”.

Saturday, April 9, 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, get your hands dirty in celebration of Spring by making seed bombs and learning about native flower species. Take these peaceful bombs to a place near the Center to deploy a small army of flowers. When left outside, seeds will release during rain showers and begin to grow into flowers. Come back in Spring to see what grew! All ages are welcome.

Thursday, April 14, 2011 (7:00 pm - 8:30 pm): Third Thursday Speaker’s Series presents Spineless Splendor Invertebrate Slide Show and Artist Reception with the Northern Naturalists

Meet Charley Eiseman and Noah Charney, this month’s featured artist in the Great Hall, as they present their field work for their award winning book, Tracks and Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates. The authors will show images of exquisite invertebrate-created objects, teach mind-boggling natural history, and tell amusing anecdotes from their eccentric journey. Professional entomologists and bug-haters alike have found themselves rolling with laughter and staring in horrified fascination during this entertaining presentation. All ages are invited.

April 15 - May 15: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Exhibit: A Sense of the Refuge

A Sense of the Refuge is an exhibit in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The exhibit will be hosted in the Great Hall.

Saturday, April 16, 2011 (10:00 am – 1:00 pm): Park Serve Day

Get outside to enjoy the weather! Park Serve Day is a statewide day of volunteer service, so wear your working clothes to help get the Center ready for summer. We will be working together on the grounds and in the flower beds, so bring sunscreen and gloves if you have them. This event is for all ages.

Tuesday – Saturday, April 19 – 23, 2011: Open for Spring Break Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please see our website www.greatfallsma.org for special Spring Break events or go to the Facebook page of " Friends of the Great falls Discovery Center'

Friday, April 22, 2011 (10:30 am – 11:30 am): Young Children’s Story Hour

First, we will go on a rock hunt outside (please dress appropriately for the weather.) Then, we will read If You Find a Rock by Peggy Christian, which explores different whimsical categories of rocks. Finally, each child will decorate their rock to take home. Snacks are allowed and energy is appreciated. Appropriate for ages 3-6, but all are welcome.

Saturday, April 23, 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 see. In April, we will investigate bears, which are coming out of hibernation. Appropriate for all ages.

Saturday, April 30, 2011 (10:30 am – 12:30 pm): Field Walk and Invertebrate Tracking with the Northern Naturalists

Have you ever noticed that someone's been etching delicate feathery patterns into the algae on your picnic table? Have you ever flipped over a rock and found neat shiny red discs? How about perfect circles cut out of the leaves of your rose bush? If you've never seen these things, perhaps it's time you slow down and take a walk with Charley Eiseman and Noah Charney, who will point out all sorts of curious objects that will expand your sense of the fullness of our world. These are the signs of invertebrates. Each object tells a story of bizarre lives playing out all around us all the time. Come spend some time with the authors of the 2010 winner of the National Outdoor Book Award, Tracks and Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates, and see the world as they see it. Space is limited- call us to reserve a spot. 413-863-3221

Laurel Carpenter
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge
Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376
(413) 863-3221
 
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clegg - Fri, Mar 4, 2011, 6:33 P
Meet the young Artists
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
Carried."

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.
 
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clegg - Fri, Feb 25, 2011, 6:35 P
March Schedule
March Schedule of Events

March 1 – 31, 2011

In the Great Hall
Told and Retold: Art Exhibit by the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association/Memorial Hall Museum

Saturday, Mar. 5, 2011 (1:00 pm- 3:00 pm): Artist Reception

Come meet the many young artists and collaborators of this month’s artist exhibit! Light refreshments will be served.


Friday, Mar. 11, 2011 (7:00 pm- 9:00 pm): GFDC Friends present 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.

March's performance will be by veteran musician Ronald Meck, who sings traditional Celtic and folk ballads in a soulful baritone while playing guitar, bouzouki, tenor banjo, and percussion. His son Adrian, an accomplished fiddler and symphonic violinist, joins him for toe-tapping jigs and reels.


Saturday, Mar. 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.

Join Refuge staff as we investigate some of the vernal pool creatures that you will be able to find migrating during the first warm rainy nights of March or April. Explore with us, up close, red efts, spotted salamanders, wood frogs, and other vernal pool creatures. Partake in related activities and a craft.


Thursday, Mar. 17, 2011 (7:00 pm - 8:30 pm): Marine Conservation Biology: Keeping the Oceans Shipshape

Oceans dominate our planet, influence our climate, and sustain us in innumerable ways. Although much of humanity lives near a coastline, too often we forget the importance of the oceans to our lives and livelihoods and the impact our activities are having on this irreplaceable life support system. The goals of marine conservation biology are to preserve the ocean’s living resources and simultaneously provide for human needs over the near- and long-term. his talk will examine ways we connect with the oceans; touch on unique aspects of its life forms; discuss current threats to marine ecosystems; and highlight positive actions citizens and policy makers are taking to preserve life in the sea.

Saturday, Mar. 25, 2011(10:30 am – 11:30 am): Young Children’s Story Hour: Dreamweaver

Join us the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 am to 11:30 am for a story hour especially for children ages 3-6. After the story, you can join us for an age appropriate activity.

In March, we will focus on spiders. First, we will read Dream Weaver, a story about a spider's world written by Jonathan London and illustrated by Rocco Baviera. Then, children can explore different kinds of spider webs through a shape-matching game and a spider web painting activity.


Saturday, Mar. 25, 2011 (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm): Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program and Fish Population Status Update

Ken Sprankle, USFWS Connecticut River Coordinator, will review the history of the modern Atlantic salmon restoration program in the Connecticut River basin. He will also talk about the status and trends for this species, as well as other migratory fishes (e.g., American shad, river herring) of management interest. The development and role of the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Commission in these efforts will be discussed. A review of evolving fishery management and restoration strategies, new assessment and research findings, recent restoration nitiatives, and related issues will be presented and discussed.


Saturday, Mar. 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.

This month, we will have beaver artifacts displayed at the front desk for you to see. People of all ages can investigate beavers with Refuge staff, and learn about adaptations that they have that make them fascinating animals.



 
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clegg - Fri, Feb 4, 2011, 4:44 P
February Events at GFDC
February 2011

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.
 
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ElizabethNash - Sat, Jan 29, 2011, 11:37 A
Coffeehouse Concert Series
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.


 
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clegg - Wed, Jan 5, 2011, 4:30 P
Artist display at Great Hal of Discovery Center.
January 1 - February 26, 2011

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.


 
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clegg - Mon, Nov 15, 2010, 1:31 P
Turkeys!!!
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.
 
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clegg - Fri, Oct 29, 2010, 5:01 P
Saturday at the Discovery Center
Halloween Treats
Saturday Oct 30, 2010, 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.

Amazing Bats
Saturday Oct 30, 2010, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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!

 
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clegg - Fri, Oct 15, 2010, 4:17 P
Falcons at the Discovery Center
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.
 
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KateSpencer - Fri, Oct 8, 2010, 8:03 A
Shingle the Roof Concert
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!
 
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clegg - Thu, Sep 16, 2010, 6:10 P
Native American panel discussion
Sorry about that. I had it posted on the calendar page also and forgot to copy the date. As you all know it is tonight at 7:00 pm.
 
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mickjen - Wed, Sep 15, 2010, 10:40 A
Native American panel discussion
Sarah,

Tomorrow, the 16th, at 7pm!
 
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Sarah - Wed, Sep 15, 2010, 10:19 A
Native American panel discussion
Clegg,
Is this tonight? Or when?

Thanks, Sarah
 
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clegg - Wed, Sep 15, 2010, 9:35 A
Native American panel discussion
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.
 
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clegg - Fri, Sep 10, 2010, 12:52 P
On display
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.
 
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clegg - Mon, Aug 16, 2010, 3:57 P
Gravestone Geology
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.


Great Falls Discovery Center

2 Avenue A

Turners Falls, MA 01376



 
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clegg - Fri, Jul 30, 2010, 1:49 P
Face Book Page
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.


 
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clegg - Fri, Jul 30, 2010, 12:35 P
August schedule of events
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.

 
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jfn - Fri, Jul 23, 2010, 11:40 A
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.
 
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jfn - Fri, Jun 25, 2010, 3:20 P
July schedule of activities
A quick correction on the Junior Rangers Program. It runs on Thursdays in July at 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. (not 1-3 p.m.). The dates are July 8, 15, 22, 29.

We'd love to see your little Rangers there! Call for reservations at (413) 863-3221.
 
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clegg - Fri, Jun 25, 2010, 12:41 P
July schedule of activities
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!

* Holidays
July 4, 2010: Independence Day. The center is open.
 
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clegg - Fri, May 21, 2010, 1:49 P
June Activities
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
 
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clegg - Fri, May 21, 2010, 12:44 P
Summer hours
The Great Falls Discovery Center is now open from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm , 7 days a week. Call 413-863-3221 for program info or check out www.greatfallsma.org
 
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clegg - Tue, Apr 27, 2010, 10:19 A
Artist’s Reception
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
 
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clegg - Mon, Mar 1, 2010, 1:37 P
not open on Saturday March 6th
March 6, 2010
Native Plant Society Annual Meeting

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.
 
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clegg - Fri, Jan 29, 2010, 12:22 P
February Events and School Vacation
School Vacation Week. The center will be open Tuesday, Feb. 16 through Saturday, Feb. 20 from 10 am to 4 pm. Please see below for special programs to be held during that week.


February 1-February 13, 2010 Photo Exhibit of Antarctica by Cate Woolner

February 19-February 28, 2010 From Samplers to SMART Boards: Living and Learning in the CT River Valley

Feb. 12, 2010 (7:00 - 9:00 pm) Friends Coffeehouse Hosts Spancil Hill

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.

Feb. 27, 2010 (1:00 - 3:00 pm) Artists' Reception


 
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clegg - Fri, Nov 20, 2009, 2:26 P
December Events
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

Phone: 413-863-3221 On the web at: www.greatfallsma.org

Great Falls Discovery Center hours are Friday and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm
Closed Christmas Day, and Saturday, the 26th of December.



 
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clegg - Fri, Nov 20, 2009, 12:13 P
Turkeys, turkeys and more turkeys
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
 
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clegg - Tue, Oct 27, 2009, 11:36 A
Halloween Activities @ Discovery Center
Great Falls Discovery Center Halloween Activities

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


Halloween Treats
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.

 
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clegg - Fri, Oct 23, 2009, 1:24 P
November Schedule
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

Phone: 413-863-3221 On the web at: www.greatfallsma.org




 
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clegg - Mon, Oct 12, 2009, 9:59 A
Mision Wolf- Reserved Seating
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
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 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.

PLEASE NOTE:

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.
413-863-3221

 
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clegg - Thu, Sep 24, 2009, 7:36 A
October Events
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.


* Holidays
Oct. 12, 2009: Columbus Day-The Center is closed.

Oct. 31 2009: Halloween

 
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clegg - Mon, Aug 3, 2009, 10:05 P
New at the Discovery Center
Discovery Packs are at the Discovery Center

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
 
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clegg - Mon, Apr 20, 2009, 10:12 A
New Summer Hours
Starting on Monday, May 4th, the Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls will be opened 7 days a week, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
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clegg - Mon, Apr 20, 2009, 10:10 A
May Schedule
May 1-31, 2009
Landscape Photography Exhibit by Regis Paris
Artists’ statement.
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!

* Holidays
May 10, 2009: Mother's Day

May 25, 2009: Memorial Day

 
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clegg - Fri, Mar 20, 2009, 1:47 P
April Activities
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
pm.

Apr. 11 2009 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Exhibit Tour: Can you find the
Pollinators?
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
413-863-3221.

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
413.863.3676

 
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clegg - Mon, Mar 2, 2009, 12:54 P
Noticing Nature Series
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
 
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KateSpencer - Tue, Feb 10, 2009, 2:04 P
Shingle the Roof plays at the Discovery Center
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
 
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efanhsieh - Thu, Jun 21, 2007, 8:12 A
Native Pollinators Week Celebration
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!
 
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clegg - Mon, May 28, 2007, 5:17 A
New hours
The Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls is now open Tuesday - Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Check local listings and www.greatfallsma.org for evening events.
 
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annej. - Wed, Nov 29, 2006, 9:11 A
Raffle prizes make great holiday gifts!
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.
 
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annej. - Wed, Nov 29, 2006, 9:09 A
Coffeehouse
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.
 
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