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Kidleidoscope – Raccoons 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope – Raccoons @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Sep 3 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Come learn about our 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. Siblings and friends welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Artist Reception: Cathy Lawlor’s Quiet Waters 1:00 pm
Artist Reception: Cathy Lawlor’s Quiet Waters @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Sep 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Artist Reception: Cathy Lawlor’s Quiet Waters Photographer Cathy Lawlor of Amherst has been focusing on the natural beauty of Lake Wyola for over 10 years. In “Quiet Waters” her work captures the birds, marshes, lily pads, early mornings and sunsets through the seasons.
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The Great Falls Coffeehouse presents—Jay Mankita 7:00 pm
The Great Falls Coffeehouse presents—Jay Mankita @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Sep 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Great Falls Coffeehouse presents—Jay Mankita  Jay Mankita is a singer songwriter of Folk, acoustic & original music.  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.
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Kidleidoscope – Deer 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope – Deer @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Sep 10 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Come learn about our 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. Siblings and friends welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Take a Tour of Paperlogic – Tour 1 of 2 10:30 am
Take a Tour of Paperlogic – Tour 1 of 2 @ Paper Logic - Turners Falls Road by Canal Street Bridge
Sep 10 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Take a Tour of Paperlogic President Abraham Lincoln wrote from his office, overlooking the unfinished Washington Monument and Union soldier encampments, on Southworth paper. Take a tour of this historic paper company in operation since 1839 to see the entire process, from pulp bales to finished paper. Meet under the Paperlogic sign on Turners Falls Road, just over the Canal Street bridge. This tour is not handicap accessible, with flights of stairs to climb. Children must be 10 years or older. Please arrive a few minutes early. Co-sponsored with Turners Falls RiverCulture.
Take a Tour of Paperlogic – Tour 2 of 2 11:00 am
Take a Tour of Paperlogic – Tour 2 of 2 @ Paper Logic, off Turners Falls Road and Canal Street
Sep 10 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Take a Tour of Paperlogic President Abraham Lincoln wrote from his office, overlooking the unfinished Washington Monument and Union soldier encampments, on Southworth paper. Take a tour of this historic paper company in operation since 1839 to see the entire process, from pulp bales to finished paper. Meet under the Paperlogic sign on Turners Falls Road, just over the Canal Street bridge. This tour is not handicap accessible, with flights of stairs to climb. Children must be 10 years or older. Please arrive a few minutes early. Co-sponsored with Turners Falls RiverCulture.
Turners Falls: America’s 19th Century Cutlery Manufacturing Capitol 1:00 pm
Turners Falls: America’s 19th Century Cutlery Manufacturing Capitol @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Sep 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Turners Falls: America’s 19th Century Cutlery Manufacturing Capitol In cooperation with Greenfield’s Museum of Our Industrial Heritage, Al Shane leads an industrial and cultural archaeology tour of the John Russell Cutlery Company sites in Turners Falls. Meet in the Great Hall to see cutlery artifacts. The walking tour includes uneven, irregular ground, so be sure to wear sturdy shoes. Co-sponsored with Turners Falls RiverCulture.
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Grandparents Day Bike Path Bingo 10:30 am
Grandparents Day Bike Path Bingo @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Sep 11 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Grandparents Day Bike Path Bingo Kids, bring your grandparents out for a stroll along the Rail Trail where we can discover and explore our natural surroundings with a game of Bike Path Bingo. We’ll stop along the trail where to discover some fun facts about your grandparents as well! Bring sunscreen, bug spray, and water. All ages welcome with grandparent or guardian.
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Kidleidoscope – Bears 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope – Bears @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Sep 17 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Come learn about our 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. Siblings and friends welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
It’s Your River, So What Are You Going to Do About it? 1:00 pm
It’s Your River, So What Are You Going to Do About it? @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Sep 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
It’s Your River, So What Are You Going to Do About it? Join the Connecticut River Watershed Council’s Executive Director, Andrew Fisk, to explore the past, present, and future of the Connecticut River. Learn about the biology, law, engineering, and hydrology which reveal the successes and failures in the decades long work to improve your river and watershed.
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Canal Drawdown and Powertown History Stroll 5:00 pm
Canal Drawdown and Powertown History Stroll @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Sep 22 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Canal Drawdown and Powertown History Stroll Take a stroll back in time with local historian Ed Gregory, DCR’s Janel Nockleby, and Northfield Mountain’s Kim Noyes, to discover the rich industrial history along the Canalside Rail Trail during the annual draw down of the canal. Wear walking shoes and meet at the entrance of the Center for a two mile walk on flat terrain. Register at: 800-859-2960.
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Connecticut River Source to Sea Cleanup—20th year Anniversary 9:00 am
Connecticut River Source to Sea Cleanup—20th year Anniversary @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Sep 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Connecticut River Source to Sea Cleanup—20th year Anniversary Work to make the watershed a cleaner place on sites that run the gamut from fishing trash to illegal dumping. For ages 7 & up. Great Hall. Register: 413-659-3714.
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Request for Proposals: Calling all Junior Planners and Future Architects 10:30 am
Request for Proposals: Calling all Junior Planners and Future Architects @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Sep 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Request for Proposals: Calling all Junior Planners and Future Architects Kids, ages 8-12, bring your imaginations on a walk along the Canalside Rail Trail to see the Strathmore Mill and learn its history. We’ll return to the Great Hall where you’ll plan and design the future use of the Mill as part of Turners Falls History Month! Children must be accompanied by an adult.
The Great Configuration by Professor Evan Pritchard 1:00 pm
The Great Configuration by Professor Evan Pritchard @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Sep 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Great Configuration by Professor Evan Pritchard Algonquian peoples knew how to live off the land and seek certain configurations of land and water to establish their political and economic centers, often involving the confluence of rivers, islands at the crossing of trade routes, fording places, river bends, waterfalls, estuarine valleys, heads of tide -in combination. Turners Falls has a remarkable “configuration” and was once a great “rendezvous” spot. Pritchard illustrates the hidden significance of our bioregional area. Pritchard, of Mi’kmaq and Celtic descent, is the director of the Center for Algonquin Culture. Co-sponsored with Turners Falls RiverCulture.
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Montague Plains Afternoon Habitat Walk and Evening Talk 3:00 pm
Montague Plains Afternoon Habitat Walk and Evening Talk @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Sep 29 @ 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Montague Plains Afternoon Habitat Walk and Evening Talk 3-5 pm walk, 7-9 pm talk,     Mass Wildlife offers an afternoon site walk at the Montague Plains Wildlife Management Area (WMA) at 3 pm, followed by an evening talk at 7 pm at the Discovery Center. Directions to walk location: Meet on Old Northfield Road between Turners Falls Road and Lake Pleasant Road beneath the large powerline that crosses Old Northfield Road. Please wear sturdy boots and dress for cold weather. The talk includes: the history of the WMA, unique species & communities there, habitat management, and prescribed fire.
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