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Mark your Calendars: The Turners Falls Fishway is open! 9:00 am
Mark your Calendars: The Turners Falls Fishway is open! @ Turners Falls Fishway
May 11 @ 9:00 am – Jun 16 @ 5:00 pm
Turners Falls Fishway Open – Saturday, May 11 — Sunday, June 16  Don’t miss the annual spring migration of fish at the Turners Falls Fishway which is just a leap or two down the street from the center at 15 First Street. Then, visit us at the Great Falls Discovery Center.
 14th Annual Free Family Fishing Day is June 1st: 10 am -2 pm – Save the Date!  10:00 am
 14th Annual Free Family Fishing Day is June 1st: 10 am -2 pm – Save the Date!  @ Great Falls Discovery Center and Barton Cove
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for a day of FREE fishing fun. Adults and children of all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Event is held rain or shine. Parking is free at each site. Ride the FREE Fish Bus shuttle between sites! At Barton Cove Campground: Barton Cove Road in Gill Free fishing from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm! Fishing equipment provided – limited supplies available. Bring your own pole if you have it. No fishing license needed. At Great Falls Discovery Center: 2 Avenue A Fly lure tying demonstrations. Fly fishing casting demonstrations. Fish viewing from the USGS Conte Anadromous Fish Research Lab. CATCH THE FISH BUS HERE! Free shuttle bus provided to and from Barton Cove. At Turners Falls Fishway: 15 First Street Fish printing – The art of Gyotaku, from noon to 2:00pm. Thank you to all of our partners: MassWildlife, Western Mass Fly Fishermen, First Light, Turners Falls Fishway, Friends of the Center, and USGS.
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BIRD SONG INVESTIGATION STATION 10:00 am
BIRD SONG INVESTIGATION STATION @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jun 16 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
A familiar bird’s song sings to you, Welcome Home. On this Father’s Day, visit the center at the welcome desk for an interactive station about birds, habitats, and song. What sounds like home to you? Your father’s voice, or a chicka-dee-dee-dee?
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SUMMER BEGINS! New Open Hours! 10:00 am
SUMMER BEGINS! New Open Hours! @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jun 21 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Celebrate the summer solstice and launch your summer of fun here. Stop by the center to enjoy our expanded summer open hours. Now open until 6:00 p.m. every day all summer long.
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NATURE PROGRAM POTPOURRI AND FRIENDS ANNUAL MEETING 1:00 pm
NATURE PROGRAM POTPOURRI AND FRIENDS ANNUAL MEETING @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jun 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center board members present a Nature Program Potpourri. Get to know your Friends and help elect officers for the board in a short business meeting. Find out how to become a member too. Join Dawn Marvin Ward for a presentation on the animals of the North Woods, and join Steve Winters and David Brule for a multidisciplinary walk involving geology and Indigenous lifeways, loss, and renewal at the falls.
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KIDLEIDOSCOPE STORY HOUR—TURTLES 10:30 am
KIDLEIDOSCOPE STORY HOUR—TURTLES @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jun 28 @ 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, 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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ART NATURALLY: DISCOVER NATURE THROUGH STORY AND ART 10:30 am
ART NATURALLY: DISCOVER NATURE THROUGH STORY AND ART @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jun 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
  This is the first in a series of summer programs featuring stories and art, soaking up the natural world as we go. The storybook pages from The Woman who Outshone the Sun are on display in the Great Hall. Try your hand at wet-felting using an array of colorful fibers to create a fish and the river. For ages 6 and up, teens and adults too!
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