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Invasive Water Chestnut in Ceramics: Explorations of a Nemesis by Karen Jean Smith 7:00 pm
Invasive Water Chestnut in Ceramics: Explorations of a Nemesis by Karen Jean Smith @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jul 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Invasive Water Chestnut in Ceramics: Explorations of a Nemesis by Karen Jean Smith Through sculpture, artist Karen Jean Smith addresses ecological issues of the non-native and invasive Eurasian water chestnut, which plagues the fresh water of the Northeast. She will also share work in sculpture, through slides, and information for identifying the plant. Cynthia Boettner, USFWS Biologist, and coordinator of the volunteer initiative to control water chestnut in the watershed, will relay the strides that have been achieved by volunteers and youth crews locally.  
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Special July 4th Holiday Bike Path Bingo! Canal-side Rail Trail Nature Walk for Kids 10:30 am
Special July 4th Holiday Bike Path Bingo! Canal-side Rail Trail Nature Walk for Kids @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jul 4 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Special July 4th Holiday Bike Path Bingo! Canal-side Rail Trail Nature Walk for Kids Kids, grab your parents, bug spray, and sunscreen, and then we’ll go exploring with a DCR Park Interpreter. All ages are welcome as we practice examining the natural world with field guides, binoculars, and a fun game to find out just how much you can see!  
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River Rambles – Canal-side Rail Trail Nature and History Walks 10:00 am
River Rambles – Canal-side Rail Trail Nature and History Walks @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jul 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
River Rambles  – Canal-side Rail Trail Nature and History Walks—Meet outside our main entrance at 10 am and join a DCR Park Interpreter as we leisurely explore level, paved bike trails and village sidewalks to learn about plants, animals, and mill history.  
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Junior Rangers 2:00 pm
Junior Rangers @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jul 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Junior Rangers Earn your Junior Ranger Patch from Mass Parks! Become a Connecticut River watershed expert and find out who lives along the Canal-side rail trail and river in Turners Falls. In July, we offer a four-part nature education workshop on Mondays for young naturalists ages 8 to 11. Friends and siblings welcome. Children with a parent/ guardian should meet at the Discovery Center lobby at 2 pm. Junior Ranger programs are free and open to all.  Please register: (413) 863-3221.  
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Kidleidoscope 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope
Jul 7 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Kidleidoscope
Kidleidoscope 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. Recommended for ages 3-6 with a parent or guardian. Meet in the Great Hall. May 26              Birds June 2               Fish June 9               Frogs June 16             Turtles June 23             River Otters June 30             Eagles July 7                 Bobcats July 14               Beavers July 21               Bees & Flowers July 28              Skunks August 4           Dragonflies August 11          Rabbits August 18          Snakes August 25          Coyotes September 1     Bats September 8     Butterflies September 15   Raptors September 22   Moose September 29   Squirrels October 6           Bears
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Great Falls Coffeehouse: Fall Town String Band 7:00 pm
Great Falls Coffeehouse: Fall Town String Band @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jul 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Great Falls Coffeehouse: Falltown String Band – Americana & Oldtime music The Falltown String Band plays American roots, folk, jazz and country standards and blues. Each month the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with great local musical talent. Refreshments 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.
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Water Under the Bridge Bike Tour 10:00 am
Water Under the Bridge Bike Tour @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jul 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Water Under the Bridge Bike Tour Join us for a leisurely two hour bike tour at 10 am along the Canal-side Rail Trail that highlights the history of bridges in Turners Falls and Montague City. Come learn about the many challenges associated with getting over the Connecticut River in our villages. We will meet at the main entrance to the center. Bring your bike, water, bug spray, helmet, and sun block.  
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River Rambles – Canal-side Rail Trail Nature and History Walks 10:00 am
River Rambles – Canal-side Rail Trail Nature and History Walks @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jul 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
River Rambles  – Canal-side Rail Trail Nature and History Walks—Meet outside our main entrance at 10 am and join a DCR Park Interpreter as we leisurely explore level, paved bike trails and village sidewalks to learn about plants, animals, and mill history.
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Junior Rangers 2:00 pm
Junior Rangers @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jul 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Junior Rangers Earn your Junior Ranger Patch from Mass Parks! Become a Connecticut River watershed expert and find out who lives along the Canal-side rail trail and river in Turners Falls. In July, we offer a four-part nature education workshop on Mondays for young naturalists ages 8 to 11. Friends and siblings welcome. Children with a parent/ guardian should meet at the Discovery Center lobby at 2 pm. Junior Ranger programs are free and open to all.  Please register: (413) 863-3221.
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Kidleidoscope 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope
Jul 14 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Kidleidoscope
Kidleidoscope 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. Recommended for ages 3-6 with a parent or guardian. Meet in the Great Hall. May 26              Birds June 2               Fish June 9               Frogs June 16             Turtles June 23             River Otters June 30             Eagles July 7                 Bobcats July 14               Beavers July 21               Bees & Flowers July 28              Skunks August 4           Dragonflies August 11          Rabbits August 18          Snakes August 25          Coyotes September 1     Bats September 8     Butterflies September 15   Raptors September 22   Moose September 29   Squirrels October 6           Bears
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Wingmasters Presents: North American Birds of Prey 10:30 am
Wingmasters Presents: North American Birds of Prey @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jul 18 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Wingmasters Presents: North American Birds of Prey This live, free raptor program incorporates six live birds that may include: hawks, owls, eagles, and falcons. The presentation, packed with stories, gives an overview of the birds and explains predation, the birds’ place at the top of the food web, their different hunting adaptations and their conservation status in a rapidly changing world. All ages are welcome!  
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River Rambles – Canal-side Rail Trail Nature and History Walks 10:00 am
River Rambles – Canal-side Rail Trail Nature and History Walks @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jul 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
River Rambles  – Canal-side Rail Trail Nature and History Walks—Meet outside our main entrance at 10 am and join a DCR Park Interpreter as we leisurely explore level, paved bike trails and village sidewalks to learn about plants, animals, and mill history.  
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Junior Rangers 2:00 pm
Junior Rangers @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jul 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Junior Rangers Earn your Junior Ranger Patch from Mass Parks! Become a Connecticut River watershed expert and find out who lives along the Canal-side rail trail and river in Turners Falls. In July, we offer a four-part nature education workshop on Mondays for young naturalists ages 8 to 11. Friends and siblings welcome. Children with a parent/ guardian should meet at the Discovery Center lobby at 2 pm. Junior Ranger programs are free and open to all.  Please register: (413) 863-3221.
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Kidleidoscope 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope
Jul 21 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Kidleidoscope
Kidleidoscope 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. Recommended for ages 3-6 with a parent or guardian. Meet in the Great Hall. May 26              Birds June 2               Fish June 9               Frogs June 16             Turtles June 23             River Otters June 30             Eagles July 7                 Bobcats July 14               Beavers July 21               Bees & Flowers July 28              Skunks August 4           Dragonflies August 11          Rabbits August 18          Snakes August 25          Coyotes September 1     Bats September 8     Butterflies September 15   Raptors September 22   Moose September 29   Squirrels October 6           Bears
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Fifth Annual Upper Valley Music Festival
Fifth Annual Upper Valley Music Festival @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jul 25 all-day
Fifth Annual Upper Valley Music Festival The Upper Valley Music Festival features the very best independent local, regional, national and international artists. The center is one of several venues in Turners Falls hosting the festival which is a fundraiser for the fight against cancer. See uppervalleymusicfest.com for a full schedule.  
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River Rambles – Canal-side Rail Trail Nature and History Walks 10:00 am
River Rambles – Canal-side Rail Trail Nature and History Walks @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jul 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
River Rambles  – Canal-side Rail Trail Nature and History Walks—Meet outside our main entrance at 10 am and join a DCR Park Interpreter as we leisurely explore level, paved bike trails and village sidewalks to learn about plants, animals, and mill history.  
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Junior Rangers 2:00 pm
Junior Rangers @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jul 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Junior Rangers Earn your Junior Ranger Patch from Mass Parks! Become a Connecticut River watershed expert and find out who lives along the Canal-side rail trail and river in Turners Falls. In July, we offer a four-part nature education workshop on Mondays for young naturalists ages 8 to 11. Friends and siblings welcome. Children with a parent/ guardian should meet at the Discovery Center lobby at 2 pm. Junior Ranger programs are free and open to all.  Please register: (413) 863-3221.
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Kidleidoscope 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope
Jul 28 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Kidleidoscope
Kidleidoscope 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. Recommended for ages 3-6 with a parent or guardian. Meet in the Great Hall. May 26              Birds June 2               Fish June 9               Frogs June 16             Turtles June 23             River Otters June 30             Eagles July 7                 Bobcats July 14               Beavers July 21               Bees & Flowers July 28              Skunks August 4           Dragonflies August 11          Rabbits August 18          Snakes August 25          Coyotes September 1     Bats September 8     Butterflies September 15   Raptors September 22   Moose September 29   Squirrels October 6           Bears
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Watershed Wonders: Dinosaurs 2:00 pm
Watershed Wonders: Dinosaurs @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jul 31 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Watershed Wonders: Dinosaurs A story hour with crafts and activities focusing on the many wonders of life in the Connecticut River watershed. For ages 6 – 8, with a parent or guardian. This month’s topic is dinosaurs.