Events

The Great Falls Discovery Center hosts community programs and events, rotating art exhibits in our Great Hall and a Coffee House hosted by the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center.

STORY WALK® SERIES: Thanks to the Animals

Enjoy a story, fresh air and exercise! Join us on the grounds of  the center for a FREE series of self-guided StoryWalks® featuring children’s picture books. Follow the path to book pages posted along the route. Wonderful stories await!   Thanks to the Animals, by Allen Sockabasin. For young readers ages 6—8 and anyone grateful for […]

Great Hall Art Exhibit: Junior Duck Stamps

On view in the Great Hall during open hours: see the top Massachusetts youth entries for the 2022 Junior Duck Stamp competition! This state-wide art contest by students from Kindergarten to High School heightens awareness of the importance of preserving wetland habitats and the delights of wildlife. While you’re here, visit our duck investigation station […]

Free

Nice and Easy Walk

An easy-paced, 1 to 2-mile guided walk, along the Canalside Rail Trail or the Turners Falls National Historic District, geared for seniors, but open to all ages. Join with others seeking fresh air and exercise. A DCR Park Interpreter highlights local history and natural scenes along the way. Be prepared for the weather. Wear appropriate […]

It’s a Wonderful Night in Turners Falls … for the Birds!

Meet in the Great Hall. Craft bird feeders for our winter friends as part of It’s a Wonderful Night in Turners Falls —a town-wide RiverCulture event on December 9. Which birds show up at your feeder? What do they eat? Bird feeder making continues on Saturday, 11:00 am—2:00 pm. For all ages. Materials are free.

It’s a Wonderful Afternoon in Turners Falls … for the birds!

Meet in the Great Hall. Craft bird feeders for our winter friends as part of It’s a Wonderful Night in Turners Falls —a town-wide RiverCulture event on December 9. Which birds show up at your feeder? What do they eat? For all ages. Materials are free.

Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Ducks

For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Learn more about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, activities, and a craft. Activities are indoors and outdoors, weather permitting. Siblings and friends welcome. Meet in the Great Hall.

Nice and Easy Walk

An easy-paced, 1 to 2-mile guided walk, along the Canalside Rail Trail or the Turners Falls National Historic District, geared for seniors, but open to all ages. Join with others seeking fresh air and exercise. A DCR Park Interpreter highlights local history and natural scenes along the way. Be prepared for the weather. Wear appropriate […]

Gingerbread Houses

The Turners Falls Carnegie Library presents Gingerbread Houses! Decorate a deliciously festive house using frosting, graham crackers, and various candies. Designed for children and their caregivers. Free!

Winter Solstice Walk

Celebration the change in season. Join us for an easy walk along the Canalside Rail Trail. The walk is about 3 miles-long, on a level paved surface. For adults and children ages 8 and up. Be prepared for cold weather, dress in layers. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Walk begins at the front entrance […]

School Vacation Week: Mammal Adaptations Investigation Station

During Discovery Center open hours come learn about local mammals and their unique winter adaptations. Every animal has special adaptations that enable them to survive in their winter habitats. Explore through touchable artifacts (pelts, replica skulls, and replica tracks), habitat diorama scavenger hunts, and a Bingo game at the Welcome Desk.

Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Deer

For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Learn more about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, activities, and a craft. Activities are indoors and outdoors, weather permitting. Siblings and friends welcome. Meet in the Great Hall.