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STORY WALK® The Busy Tree 10:00 am
STORY WALK® The Busy Tree @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jul 30 @ 10:00 am – Aug 18 @ 8:00 pm
Enjoy a Story, Fresh Air and Exercise! Join us on the grounds of the Great Falls Discovery Center for a FREE self-guided StoryWalk.® This walk through the Great Falls Discovery Center lawn features the children’s book “The Busy Tree” by Jennifer Ward. Just follow the path on the lawn to laminated book pages posted along the route. A wonderful story celebrating trees is waiting for you! The StoryWalk® may not be available during lawn mowing.* * The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Stor Walk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson. This StoryWalk® is provided by Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Interpretive Services.
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GREAT HALL EXHIBIT: LIGHT, BREATH, FORM 10:00 am
GREAT HALL EXHIBIT: LIGHT, BREATH, FORM @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 6 @ 10:00 am – Sep 1 @ 6:00 pm
  Paintings and sculpture by Christine and Bill Copeland draw from their experiences of living in a forested river valley, for all ages. The exhibit features pensive and playful human and animal figures surrounded by renderings of vernal pools, waterfalls and a seasonally changing landscape. Abstract pieces and geologic tiles suggest deep time and evolutionary processes.  
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POCUMTUCK HOMELANDS FESTIVAL at Unity Park 10:00 am
POCUMTUCK HOMELANDS FESTIVAL at Unity Park @ Unity Park, Turners Falls
Aug 7 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Visit the Discovery Center and Northfield Mountain tent at Unity Park to find self-guided activities for young adventurers along the river—quests, scavenger hunts, and a Western Abenaki StoryWalk® Mosbas and the Magic Flute by Jesse Bruchac. For thousands of years people have gathered at the Great Falls. The event features live music, drumming, dancing, storytelling, native crafts and food. For more information on the entire event, please visit nolumbekaproject.org.*   * The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Stor Walk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson. This StoryWalk® is provided by Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Interpretive Services.
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EXHIBIT RECEPTION: LIGHT, BREATH, FORM 1:00 pm
EXHIBIT RECEPTION: LIGHT, BREATH, FORM @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Everyone is welcome to join artists Christine and Bill Copeland in an opening reception for their paintings and sculpture with light snacks and live music from a jazz trio in the courtyard of the center. Rain location will be inside the Great Hall.  
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Kidleidoscope Story Hour: Beavers 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour: Beavers @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 13 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, activities, and a craft. Program is mostly outdoors. Siblings and friends welcome. No shared materials/items. Activities are socially distanced.
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ART NATURALLY SERIES: DISCOVER NATURE THROUGH STORY AND ART 10:30 am
ART NATURALLY SERIES: DISCOVER NATURE THROUGH STORY AND ART @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 14 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
For adults, teens, and children ages 6 and up (accompanied by an adult). Join us for two FREE programs this month in this series featuring stories and art, soaking up the natural world as we go. Come early and enjoy reading the Story Walk® on the lawn. Workshop begins at 10:30 a.m. Materials are provided free. Registration recommended, call the center. August 14—The StoryWalk® is The Busy Tree by Jennifer Ward and the art technique is gel printing using oak leaves. August 28—The StoryWalk® is Gotta Go! Gotta Go! by Sam Swope and the art technique is nature weaving. Make a butterfly!  
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Kidleidoscope Story Hour: Bobcats 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour: Bobcats @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 20 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, activities, and a craft. Program is mostly outdoors. Siblings and friends welcome. No shared materials/items. Activities are socially distanced.
Kidleidoscope Story Hour: Bobcats 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour: Bobcats @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 20 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, activities, and a craft. Program is mostly outdoors. Siblings and friends welcome. No shared materials/items. Activities are socially distanced.  
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BUTTERFLY STORY WALK® Gotta Go! Gotta Go! 12:00 pm
BUTTERFLY STORY WALK® Gotta Go! Gotta Go! @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 21 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
For young readers ages 3-6 and all butterfly lovers. Enjoy a story, fresh air and exercise! Join us on the grounds of the center for a FREE self-guided StoryWalk® featuring the children’s picture book Gotta Go! Gotta Go! by Sam Swope. Follow the path to laminated book pages posted along the route. A wonderful story celebrating butterfly migration awaits! The StoryWalk® may not be available during lawn mowing.* On Saturday August 21, from 12:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m. all ages are welcome to make your own butterfly at our craft table outside the center by 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. Story Walk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson. This StoryWalk® is provided by Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Interpretive Services.  
BUTTERFLY STORY WALK® Gotta Go! Gotta Go! 12:00 pm
BUTTERFLY STORY WALK® Gotta Go! Gotta Go! @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 21 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
For young readers ages 3-6 and all butterfly lovers. Enjoy a story, fresh air and exercise! Join us on the grounds of the center for a FREE self-guided StoryWalk® featuring the children’s picture book Gotta Go! Gotta Go! by Sam Swope. Follow the path to laminated book pages posted along the route. A wonderful story celebrating butterfly migration awaits! The StoryWalk® may not be available during lawn mowing.* On Saturday August 21, from 12:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m. all ages are welcome to make your own butterfly at our craft table outside the center by 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. Story Walk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson. This StoryWalk® is provided by Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Interpretive Services.  
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Kidleidoscope Story Hour: Butterflies 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour: Butterflies @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 27 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, activities, and a craft. Program is mostly outdoors. Siblings and friends welcome. No shared materials/items. Activities are socially distanced.
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ART NATURALLY SERIES: DISCOVER NATURE THROUGH STORY AND ART 10:30 am
ART NATURALLY SERIES: DISCOVER NATURE THROUGH STORY AND ART @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 28 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
For adults, teens, and children ages 6 and up (accompanied by an adult). Join us for two FREE programs this month in this series featuring stories and art, soaking up the natural world as we go. Come early and enjoy reading the Story Walk® on the lawn. Workshop begins at 10:30 a.m. Materials are provided free. Meet in the Great Hall. Registration recommended, call the center. August 14—The StoryWalk® is The Busy Tree by Jennifer Ward and the art technique is gel printing using oak leaves. August 28—The StoryWalk® is Gotta Go! Gotta Go! by Sam Swope and the art technique is nature weaving. Make a butterfly!  
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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 29 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Kids — grab your family and we’ll go exploring outdoors! All ages welcome. Meet outside the main entrance. Practice examining the natural world with field guides, binoculars, and a fun game. See just how much you can see. Meet at the Discovery Center entrance. Please bring water, bug spray, sunscreen and wear sturdy shoes.  
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