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February Events at Discovery Center

Adapted from a Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) press release:

Art, music, wildlife, the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls has it all!  This month's highlights include celebrations of Black History Month and extra hours during school vacation week.  All programs at the center are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted, and the facilities are accessible.

The History of Local Ice Harvesting

Adapted from a Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) press release:

Some among us might remember deliveries from the milk man but how about from the ice man? What about actual iceboxes?  This Saturday, January 30th, from 1PM to 2PM, in the Great Hall at the Great Falls Discovery Center, there will be a slideshow presentation on ice harvesting, which was essential before the refrigeration era.  This event will give the audience a look at ice harvesting that used to occur where Unity Park is today, Green Pond near Lake Pleasant, and elsewhere in our watershed.

FRCOG Wins $30K Grant for Trees

Adapted from a Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) press release:

Yesterday, the Baker-Polito Administration announced $186,434 in Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grants to 13 Massachusetts communities and non-profits, including the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG).  These matching grants help increase a community's tree capacity in order to maximize social, economic, and environmental quality.

Temporary Closure of the Canalside Rail Trail in Turners

Adapted from a Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) press release:

Beginning Monday, January 4, 2016, and continuing through Friday, January 8, 2016, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will be implementing a temporary closure of the Canalside Rail Trail in Turners Falls, between 11th Street and Depot Street, from 7AM to 5PM, to accommodate electrical work.  A detour will be posted encouraging users to follow Montague City Road to Solar Avenue.

1st Day Hikes Celebrates 25 Years

Adapted from a Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) press release:

Once again, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) will sponsor free, guided hikes in 11 state parks on New Year's Day as part of America's State Parks First Day Hikes initiative.  Our Commonwealth was the first state in the country to develop the First Day Hikes program, which provides individuals and their families an opportunity to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature, and welcome the New Year with friends and family.

1 Week Left in BuildingEnergy Contest

Adapted from Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) press releases:

Thanks to a grant from The Barr Foundation, we are offering a $500 award for entry of a zero net energy, zero net energy capable, or Passive House project into our new high performance buildings database.  It's important to act now if you want to be entered in this case study compilation as submissions must be started by December 31, 2015.

Spend December at the Discovery Center

Adapted from a Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) press release:

Even though it's winter, there's still a lot to do at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls.  From crafts for kids to hikes for adults, you'll find something to enjoy.  All programs at the center are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted, and the facilities are accessible.

Greening Greenfield Needs Your Support

Adapted from a Greening Greenfield press release:

It's that time of year again! Greening Greenfield's Annual Appeal campaign is going on right now and they want to thank area residents who've bolstered their efforts in the past and encourage everyone to contribute now to help build an even more sustainable community.  In addition, thanks to the generosity of SmallCorp, Just Roots, Zaccheo Properties, and 2 anonymous donors, all contributions made by December 18th will be matched dollar for dollar.

Take Advantage of Discovery Center's Expanded Hours

Adapted from a Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) press release:

Since the Masachusetts DCR has added 3 days a week to the Great Falls Discovery Center's open hours this winter, now is a great time to check out all of their exhibits highlighting the natural, cultural, and industrial history of our Connecticut River watershed, as well as their terrific events.  All programs at the center are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted, and the facilities are accessible.

Reminder: Plastic Forum Tonight at GCTV

Adapted from a Greenfield Rights of Nature press release:

Come on down to our studio at 6:30PM for a public forum about transitioning from plastics to alternatives. Bring your questions, concerns, and comments and see and discuss options to meet your important needs for public access to water and transporting purchases.  Though this event will NOT be aired or streamed live, it will be taped for future broadcast.

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