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Art Exhibit: Junior Duck Stamps—Connecting Youth with Nature Through Science and Art 3:00 pm
Art Exhibit: Junior Duck Stamps—Connecting Youth with Nature Through Science and Art @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Nov 8 2019 @ 3:00 pm – Jan 3 2020 @ 4:00 pm
Young students from Kindergarten to High School submit artwork for a statewide art contest. In the process, they gain awareness of the importance of preserving wetland habitats and the delights of wildlife. Come see the top Massachusetts youth entries for the 2019 Junior Duck Stamp competition!
Special December Vacation Week Hours and Investigation Stations 10:00 am
Special December Vacation Week Hours and Investigation Stations @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Dec 26 2019 @ 10:00 am – Jan 5 2020 @ 4:00 pm
  Take a break from the holidays and stop by the Center’s investigation stations, explore our habitat dioramas, try a scavenger hunt for animals in our Connecticut River Watershed, or draw your own Junior Duck Stamp. Closed on Christmas Day. Open 12/26 through 1/5. Open on New Year’s Day.
First Day Hike 1:00 pm
First Day Hike @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jan 1 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  Enjoy a leisurely three-mile stroll down the Canalside Rail Trail and get the New Year started off on a Great Falls note. This family friendly hike follows a gentle route and provides an opportunity to discover the abundant natural, historical, and cultural features that make the Center and rail trail such an amazing State Park! Be prepared for cold weather: dress in layers and wear winter boots. Dogs are welcome on leash. Afterward, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate in the Discovery Center’s Great Hall. Meet at 1 p.m. in Great Hall. Hike begins at 1:15 p.m.
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Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Winter Bugs 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Winter Bugs @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jan 3 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, activities, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.
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You Are Here: A Juried Community Art Exhibit 10:00 am
You Are Here: A Juried Community Art Exhibit @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am – Feb 29 @ 4:00 pm
Work by regional artists in multiple media exploring maps, the significance of place, and movement across boundaries, curated by Exploded View. Where do you live? Where are you from? Where do you dream? How do you find your way? Where are your borders? Do maps lie? During these two months, you may also come upon members of Exploded View working in various corners of the building. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Montague Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
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Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Eagles 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Eagles @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jan 10 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, activities, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.  
Windborne to perform at Great Falls Coffeehouse 7:00 pm
Windborne to perform at Great Falls Coffeehouse @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jan 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Windborne to perform at Great Falls Coffeehouse @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Internationally acclaimed folk musicians who specialize in close harmony singing that spans many continents and cultures yet remain deeply rooted in American folk. Windborne has a vibrant energy on stage and they educate as they entertain. Sliding scale donation $6-$15   Children Free Coffee and homemade baked goods are available. The museum is open during intermission. The Center is wheelchair accessible    
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Artist Reception: Exploded View Presents: You Are Here 1:00 pm
Artist Reception: Exploded View Presents: You Are Here @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jan 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Artists’ Reception 1–2 p.m.; Exploded View Performance 2–3 p.m. A chance to meet the artists in the juried community art exhibit, followed by new work from Exploded View that touches on migration, climate change, strange bedfellows, and collective disquiet. Snow date: January 19 (see below). This program is supported in part by a grant from the Montague Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
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Who’s Been Here? A Tracking Adventure 10:30 am
Who’s Been Here? A Tracking Adventure @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jan 18 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Join DCR staff for a tracking adventure to find out who has been outside in the snow at the Discovery Center. We will investigate the mysterious signs that wildlife leave behind through stories, crafts, and exploring outside. Bundle up! For ages 3 – 6 with a parent or guardian. Siblings and friends welcome.
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Exploded View Presents: Put Your Story on the Map 1:00 pm
Exploded View Presents: Put Your Story on the Map @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jan 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join the curators of the You Are Here art exhibit in a community mapping project focusing on Turners Falls that combines personal history with visions for the future. Additionally, this project will be available as a self-directed activity in the Great Hall January 19 through February 29. Perhaps you’ll consider weighing in with your thoughts about downtown Turners Falls Livability too. The Montague Planning Department is sponsoring a conversation, “Where do we grow from here?” on February 1st in the Great Hall, to review the award winning 2013 Livability Report (see montague-ma.gov for details), and update the public on upcoming building projects in Turners Falls. In the event of a snowstorm on January 12, the Artists’ Reception and Exploded View performance will be changed to January 19, 1-3 p.m.
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Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Moose 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Moose @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jan 24 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, activities, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.  
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Exploded View Presents: Napping 1:00 pm
Exploded View Presents: Napping @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jan 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
These are overwhelming times and sometimes we just need to go to bed. So come do it! Sleep is necessary, and Americans are sleep deprived. People around the world often don’t have a safe place to rest. Let’s recharge. Meet in the Great Hall. Ambient live music provided. BYOB—Bring your own blanket!
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Exploded View Presents: Write Here! 12:00 pm
Exploded View Presents: Write Here! @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jan 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Brown bag generative writing workshop using the Discovery Center as a prompt. Bring your lunch and stay for part or all of the workshop.
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Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Groundhogs 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Groundhogs @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jan 31 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, activities, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.