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When:
July 7, 2017 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
2017-07-07T10:30:00-04:00
2017-07-07T11:30:00-04:00
Where:
Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
4138633221

Housed within a complex of old mill buildings in historic Turners Falls, Massachusetts, the Great Falls Discovery Center’s exhibits show the natural, cultural, and industrial history of the Connecticut River watershed. The Center’s four acres of native plants, butterfly gardens, and open lawn nestle into a bend in the Connecticut River to provide a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere and the perfect place for fun and learning.

Inside the main building, exquisite walk-through dioramas show the plants, animals, and landscapes of this 410-mile-long river from its arboreal source near the Canadian border, through forests and farms, past villages, towns, and cities, all the way down to the estuary at the Long Island Sound. A timeline indicates the impacts of human habitation on each environment over time and suggests safeguards to keep the watershed healthy and useful for all—people, plants, and animals—that live here together.

The Center’s charming Great Hall is in a separate building, a former machine shop, with a high ceiling, brick walls, large windows, and gleaming old wood floors. It is connected to the main building by a corridor whose windows on one side open onto an old canal (once used for transportation, now for power), faced on the other by a mural depicting what is found beneath the canal water rushing by. The Great Hall is used for regularly held art exhibits and special educational programs and activities for children and adults, as well as for the Friends of GFDC’s monthly live-music Coffeehouses that warm up the room while raising funds that support the Center’s free public programs.

Located in town yet close to nature, the Center is one end of an easy self-guided walking tour of the interesting little town of Turners Falls, with its historical industrial architecture and distinctive geology, restaurants, shops, and old Carnegie Library. The walk and bike path along the river and canal runs from Turners Falls to Deerfield and is a favorite site for bird watching. A short distance along the other side of the bridge leads to Barton Cove’s picnic area and camp grounds, where eagles soar over the peninsula.

The Center’s building and exhibits are fully accessible and are free and open to the public.  It is a cooperative program of the United States Fish & Wildlife Service and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, with financial and program support from the Friends of Great Falls Discovery Center.

Visit Us on Facebook to stay informed on the programs and events at the Center and to download our monthly events calendar.

Hours & Free Admission

When:
July 7, 2017 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
2017-07-07T10:30:00-04:00
2017-07-07T11:30:00-04:00
Where:
Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
4138633221

Current Seasonal Hours

OPEN Wednesdays through Sundays: 10am – 4pm

Open Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day and Columbus Day.

Closed Thanksgiving Day.

Open Christmas Eve 10 am to 4 pm.

Closed Christmas Day.

Open the day after Christmas, Tuesday, December 26, 2017.

Open New Year’s Day 2018, 10 am to 4 pm.

UPDATE: The Guided First Day Hike is cancelled but the HOT CHOCOLATE in the Great Hall is still on from 1 -3 pm!

FREE ADMISSION – Admission to the Center is free. The Center hosts both free programs and some fee based programs and any fees or registration requirements are announced on our online events calendar.

EVENTS: See our events calendar. Additionally, here are printable version of our events calendars and flyers:
December 2017 Calendar of events, January 2018 Calendar of events,  Kidleidoscope Story Hour Winter 2017-2018. Updated First Day Hike Information. 

Upcoming Events

Jan
26
Fri
10:30 am Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Porcu... @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Porcu... @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jan 26 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Porcupines    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.
Jan
27
Sat
11:00 am Teaching Creatures presents Anim... @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Teaching Creatures presents Anim... @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jan 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 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.  
Feb
2
Fri
10:30 am Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Groun... @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Groun... @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Feb 2 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Groundhogs 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.
Feb
9
Fri
10:30 am Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Beavers @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Beavers @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Feb 9 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Beavers 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.
7:00 pm Great Falls Coffeehouse presents... @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Great Falls Coffeehouse presents... @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 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.
Feb
16
Fri
10:30 am Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Owls @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Owls @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Feb 16 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Owls 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.
Feb
23
Fri
10:30 am Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Coyotes @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Coyotes @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Feb 23 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – 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.
Mar
2
Fri
10:30 am Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Snakes @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Snakes @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Mar 2 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Snakes 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.
Mar
9
Fri
10:30 am Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Frogs @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Frogs @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Mar 9 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Frogs 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.
7:00 pm Great Falls Coffeehouse presents... @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Great Falls Coffeehouse presents... @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Great Falls Coffeehouse presents: Lui Collins 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.

Directions & Parking

When:
July 7, 2017 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
2017-07-07T10:30:00-04:00
2017-07-07T11:30:00-04:00
Where:
Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
4138633221

GPS Users
2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376.  Please note that the address may show up as  Montague in some units.

From the North and South
Take Interstate 91, take exit 27 onto Route 2 East/Mohawk Trail towards Boston.
Turn right onto Main St. (over the Gill-Montague Bridge).
Continue onto Avenue A.
The Great Falls Discovery Center is the first red building on your right immediately after the bridge.

From the West
Take Route 2 East past route 91 to the traffic lights in Gill.
Turn right onto Main St. (over the Gill-Montague Bridge).
Continue onto Avenue A.
The Great Falls Discovery Center is the first red building on your right immediately after the bridge.

From the East
Take Route 2 West to Gill.
At the Route 2 lights in Gill, turn left onto Main St. (over the Gill-Montague Bridge).
Continue onto Avenue A.
The Great Falls Discovery Center is the first red building on your right immediately after the bridge.

Parking
Handicap accessible parking is available immediately after the Gill-Montague bridge on the right.
The main parking lot is just around the corner.  Take the next right onto Second St, then a right to enter the lot.

Contact

When:
July 7, 2017 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
2017-07-07T10:30:00-04:00
2017-07-07T11:30:00-04:00
Where:
Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
4138633221

Great Falls Discovery Center

For school field trips and group visits contact: 

janel.nockleby@state.ma.us

Department of Conservation and Recreation

For Great Hall rentals and recreational permits contact:

Shawn.T.Kennedy@MassMail.State.MA.US

For Park Interpreter Contact:
413-863-3221

For information about art displays in the Great Hall:

janel.nockleby@state.ma.us

Membership and Support
See the Friends Page

or call us at 413.863.3221

When:
July 7, 2017 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
2017-07-07T10:30:00-04:00
2017-07-07T11:30:00-04:00
Where:
Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
4138633221

Sponsored by:
Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge
     •     Connecticut River Greenway State Park     •     Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center

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