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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 Massachusetts State Park operated by 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

The Great Falls Discovery Center is operated by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. The center is open.

Current Seasonal Hours:  OPEN Wednesdays through Sundays: 10am – 4pm

Special April 2018 School Vacation Week hours!  Open all week, including Monday and Tuesday, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Open Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and New Year’s Day.

Open 7 days a week starting in Mid-May, through Mid-October.

Closed Thanksgiving Day.

Closed Christmas Day.

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: April 2018 Calendar of Events, Park Serve Day-April 28, and Spring 2018 Kidleidoscope Story Hour Schedule.

Upcoming Events

Apr
6
Fri
10:00 am Great Hall Exhibit: Seen/Unseen,... @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Great Hall Exhibit: Seen/Unseen,... @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Apr 6 @ 10:00 am – May 30 @ 4:00 pm
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.  Join us for a reception on 4/28, 1:30-3:30 pm in the Great Hall.
Apr
14
Sat
10:00 am April School Vacation Week – Ope... @ Great Falls Discovery Center
April School Vacation Week – Ope... @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Apr 14 @ 10:00 am – Apr 22 @ 4:00 pm
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.
Apr
22
Sun
10:00 am Earth Day Open House: Put Yourse... @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Earth Day Open House: Put Yourse... @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 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?
Apr
27
Fri
10:30 am Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Arbor... @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Arbor... @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Apr 27 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
  Kidleidoscope Story Hour Arbor Day:  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.
Apr
28
Sat
10:00 am Park Serve Day: Give a Day, Mak... @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Park Serve Day: Give a Day, Mak... @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 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.
1:30 pm Great Hall Exhibit Artist Recept... @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Great Hall Exhibit Artist Recept... @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Apr 28 @ 1:30 pm – 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.
Apr
29
Sun
10:00 am Celebrate Massachusetts Art Week... @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Celebrate Massachusetts Art Week... @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 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.

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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