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Pocumtuck Homelands Festival: A Celebration of Native American Art, Music, and Cultures 10:00 am
Pocumtuck Homelands Festival: A Celebration of Native American Art, Music, and Cultures @ Unity Park
Aug 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  This free two day weekend long celebration at Unity Park in Turners Falls is sponsored by the Nolumbeka Project and RiverCulture. On Saturday August 3, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., families will enjoy visiting the Northfield Mountain and Discovery Center tent at Unity Park while creating a fun make and take nature-themed craft. 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. Rain location for the festival is at the Great Falls Discovery Center. For more information on the entire event, please visit nolumbekaproject.org.
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Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Owls 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Owls @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 9 @ 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. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.
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Bat Night! 7:30 pm
Bat Night! @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  Amanda Melinchuk, Bat Research Monitor with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, will share her expertise and talk about the myths and misconceptions surrounding bats, why bats are important, the bats in Massachusetts, threats to bats such as White-nose Syndrome, what you can do to help bats, and information on bat houses. Followed by Q & A. After the presentation in the Great Hall, visitors can join Amanda outside with a bat detector and look for bats right here by the Center.
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Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Snakes 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Snakes @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 16 @ 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. 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 12:00 pm
Fairy House Day on Avenue A: Make a Winged Friend @ Spinner Park
Aug 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Just down the street from the center, we are joining in the fun for Fairy House Day on Avenue A, at Spinner Park, located at Avenue A and 4th Streets. You can make a fairy house and then meet with a DCR Park Interpreter at our craft table where you can make a winged friend for the fairies—perhaps a butterfly, dragonfly, or a bat. For a full description of events all day long, look for Fairy House Day on Avenue A on Facebook.
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Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Rabbits 10:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour – Rabbits @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 30 @ 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. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.
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Monarch Butterfly Story Walk: Gotta Go! Gotta Go! 12:00 pm
Monarch Butterfly Story Walk: Gotta Go! Gotta Go! @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Aug 31 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
12:00-4:00 p.m. Join us for a migratory journey on the grounds of the Great Falls 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. Everyone is welcome for the StoryWalk®. Sponsored by CFCE playgroup and Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center. If it rains, the story walk and butterfly making will be inside the center.