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Kidleidoscope Story Hour –  Dragonflies 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour –  Dragonflies @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 3 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour –  Dragonflies 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.
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Pocumtuck Homelands Festival at Unity Park 10:00 am
Pocumtuck Homelands Festival at Unity Park @ Unity Park
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Pocumtuck Homelands Festival at Unity Park At this FREE all ages Native American cultural celebration at Unity Park, join us at the Northfield Mountain and DCR Mass State Parks tent to learn about fish and create your own fish print. People have gathered at the Great Falls for thousands of years, and this event is the perfect combination of live music, drumming, dancing, storytelling, native crafts, and food. The festival is sponsored by the Nolumbeka Project and RiverCulture.
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Junior Rangers: Session 3 10:30 am
Junior Rangers: Session 3 @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 6 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Junior Rangers: Four Mondays in July and August.  Earn your Mass Parks Junior Ranger Patch! Become a Connecticut River Watershed expert and find out who lives along the Canalside Rail Trail in Turners Falls. We offer a four-part nature education workshop on four Mondays for children ages 8 to 11. Friends/siblings welcome. Children with a parent/guardian meet at the Discovery Center lobby at 10:30 am. Junior Ranger programs are FREE and open to all. Space is limited so please register at (413) 863-3221 or email janel.nockleby@state.ma.us.     Mondays July 23, 30 and August 6, 13 10:30-11:30 am.
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Bike Path B-I-N-G-O 10:30 am
Bike Path B-I-N-G-O @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 12 @ 10:30 am – 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. If you can’t make it at this time, we also have Bike Path BINGO sheets that you can use on your own on the trail, and Discovery backpacks to borrow on your journey.
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Junior Rangers: Session 4 10:30 am
Junior Rangers: Session 4 @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 13 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Junior Rangers: Four Mondays in July and August.  Earn your Mass Parks Junior Ranger Patch! Become a Connecticut River Watershed expert and find out who lives along the Canalside Rail Trail in Turners Falls. We offer a four-part nature education workshop on four Mondays for children ages 8 to 11. Friends/siblings welcome. Children with a parent/guardian meet at the Discovery Center lobby at 10:30 am. Junior Ranger programs are FREE and open to all. Space is limited so please register at (413) 863-3221 or email janel.nockleby@state.ma.us.     Mondays July 23, 30 and August 6, 13 10:30-11:30 am.
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Kidleidoscope Story Hour –  Turtles 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour –  Turtles @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 17 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour –  Turtles 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.
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Fairy House Day on Avenue A: Make a Winged Friend! 3:00 pm
Fairy House Day on Avenue A: Make a Winged Friend! @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 18 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Fairy House Day on Avenue A: Make a Winged Friend! Activities along the Avenue include making miniature fairy villages at Spinner Park at 11 am, for the planters in downtown Turners Falls. Enjoy a story hour, a shadow puppet show, and mermaid music at the Carnegie Library at noon, and at 1:30 pm there will be a monarch butterfly release and more at Peskeomskut Park. Here at the Discovery Center, we are joining in on the Fairy House Day fun from 3 pm to 5 pm. Make a winged friend for the fairies at our craft table outside the Discovery Center—maybe a butterfly, dragonfly, bat, or a bird.
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Monarch Butterfly StoryWalk® — Gotta Go! Gotta Go! 1:00 pm
Monarch Butterfly StoryWalk® — Gotta Go! Gotta Go! @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Monarch Butterfly StoryWalk® — Gotta Go! Gotta Go! Join us for a migratory journey on the grounds of the Discovery Center, as we read together the story of “a teeny-tiny creepy-crawly bug” (a Monarch butterfly caterpillar), who learns to eat milkweed, take a rest in a chrysalis, meet new friends, and fly with new butterfly wings, all the way to Mexico. Free copies of the story Gotta Go! Gotta Go! by Sam Swope with pictures by Sue Riddell will be provided to participants who register in advance to receive a copy of the book. Register by emailing: janel.nockleby@state.ma.us. Everyone is welcome for the StoryWalk®. Sponsored by CFCE playgroup and Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center. 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.
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Kidleidoscope Story Hour –  Snakes 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour –  Snakes @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 31 @ 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.