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Thursday, December 10 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.

Art Display
Through through January 31st, in the Great Hall

Junior Duck Stamp Exhibit

It’s a Wonderful Night in Turners Falls...for the Birds!
Friday, December 11th, from 3PM to 6PM, and Saturday, December 12th, from Noon to 3PM
Meet in the Great Hall

People of all ages are welcome to craft bird feeders for our winter friends as part of this town-wide Turners Falls RiverCulture event.

Kidleidoscope:  Ducks
Thursday, December 17th, from 10:30AM to 11:30AM
Meet in the Great Hall

Come learn about neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River watershed.  This program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce you and your child to wildlife along the river.  Recommended for ages 3 to 6, with a parent or guardian.

Where are all the Animals Hiding?
Saturday, December 19th, from 10:30AM to 11:30AM
Meet in the Great Hall

Winter is a time for staying snug and warm for animals too! Where are their secret animal homes? We will have stories, activities, and crafts for ages 3 to 6, with a parent or guardian.

Winter Solstice Walk
Wednesday, December 23rd, from 1PM to 2:30PM
Meet at Main Entrance

Exercise can be the cure for the less daylight blues so take a break and embrace the season.  This event is intended for adults and sturdy young hikers with an adult.  It will cover about 2 miles, on the level Canalside Rail Trail.

Watershed Wonders: What makes a bird a bird?
Wednesday, December 30th, from 10:30AM to 11:30AM

A story hour with crafts and games focusing on the many wonders of life in our Connecticut River watershed.  Children ages 6 to 8, with a parent or guardian, will work on bird fundamentals while enjoying the Junior Duck Stamp Art Display in the Great Hall.

First Day Hike!
Friday, January 1st, at 1PM

Save the date for this annual New Year’s Day hike.

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About the Discovery Center
The Great Falls Discovery Center Winter Hours will be 10AM to 4PM, Wednesday through Sunday, and by appointment on Tuesdays.  The center is located at the Connecticut River Gateway State Park, 2 Avenue A, in Turners Falls.  They can be reached by email at ct.greenway@state.ma.us or by phone at (413) 863-3221.  More information can also be found on their website:  www.greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org.

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), an agency of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, oversees 450,000 acres of parks and forests, beaches, bike trails, watersheds, dams, and parkways. Led by Commissioner Jack Murray, the agency?s mission is to protect, promote, and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural, and recreational resources. To learn more about DCR, our facilities, and our programs, please visit www.mass.gov/dcr. Contact us at mass.parks@state.ma.us.

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