Great Falls Discovery Center

Great Falls Discovery Center

Connecticut River Greenway State Park

Department of Conservation and Recreation

2 Avenue A

Turners Falls, MA

(413) 863-3221

Contact: Janel Nockleby at (413) 863-3221

July 24, 2022

For Immediate Release:

August 2022 Events at the Great Falls Discovery Center

All programs are free and open to the public. An adult must accompany children. Inclement weather cancels outdoor programs. Reasonable accommodations available upon request. Wheelchair accessible. Please follow all current COVID guidelines. Visit for more guidance. For more information call 413-863-3221 or visit:; or email The Great Falls Discovery Center is located at 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376.

Visitor Center Hours: Open 6 Days a Week

  • Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Wednesdays—Sundays, 10:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.

Explore the natural, cultural, and industrial history of the Connecticut River Watershed in our dynamic exhibits. Next to the Canalside Rail Trail, the center includes the Great Hall exhibit gallery, restrooms, and drinking water. Wheelchair accessible.

Great Hall Art Exhibit: Let Food Be Your Medicine

Ongoing, July 30 — August 31

Hippocrates’ timeless maxim implies that the food we ingest can strengthen or weaken us, cure and prevent illness. This exhibit features Leonore Alaniz’ imprints that capture the anatomy and life force of edible plants. They grow wild and are cultivated in local farms. Includes works by other artists and poets.

Story Walk® Series: Gotta Go! Gotta Go!

Ongoing, August 5—August 30

Enjoy a story, fresh air and exercise! Join us on the grounds of the center for a FREE series of self-guided StoryWalks® featuring children’s picture books. Follow the path to book pages posted along the route. Wonderful stories await! Gotta Go! Gotta Go! by Sam Swope for ages 2-6, and anyone who loves butterflies! 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.

Pocumtuck Homelands Festival

Saturday, August 6, 10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.

This free two-day celebration at Unity Park in Turners Falls is sponsored by the Nolumbeka Project and RiverCulture. On Saturday August 6, 10 a.m.—5 p.m., families may visit the Northfield Mountain and Great Falls Discovery Center tent at Unity Park on First Street to create a fun make and take nature-themed craft. This festival is the perfect combination of live music, drumming, dancing, storytelling, native crafts and food. For more information on the entire event visit

Great Falls Coffeehouse Presents: Trio Mambo

Friday, August 12, 7:00—9:00 p.m.

The Coffeehouse is back! Join us this summer season for music in the Great Hall featuring local talent to support the Great Falls Discovery Center. Trio Mambo plays high energy Latin Jazz and Mambo magic with piano, bass, and congas. Refreshments available. Sliding scale suggested donations all support educational programming at the Center. Discovery Center and store open during intermission. Additional concerts are September 9 and October 14.

Great Hall Art Reception: Let Food Be Your Medicine

Saturday, August 13, 2:00—4:00 p.m.

Join artist Leonore Alaniz in the Great Hall for a reception in celebration of the exhibit, Let Food Be Your Medicine, including medicinal treats.

Kidleidoscope Story Hour

Fridays, August 19 (Snakes) and August 26 (Butterflies), 10:30—11:30 a.m.

For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Discover more about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, activities, and a craft. Activities are indoors and outdoors. Siblings and friends welcome. Meet in the Great Hall courtyard or the Great Hall during inclement weather.

Art Demonstration: Nature Printing with Vegetables

Saturday, August 20, 1:00—4:30 p.m.

Leonore Alaniz demonstrates a technique that makes visible the anatomy of plant parts in the Great Hall. She covers them with printing ink and presses them onto paper or fabric. The resulting images inspire a deeper relationship with the life force of plants, also known as prana. For adults interested in this creative process an intergenerational hands-on activity is held Saturday, August 27.

Art Naturally Series

Saturday, August 27, 10:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Discover nature through story, poetry, and art in our series of FREE Art Naturally programs. Using words and images, instruction and techniques help you create an art piece inspired by the natural world to take home. For adults, teens, and children ages 6 and up (accompanied by an adult). All materials are free. Meet in the Great Hall.

Printing with Edible Plants: An Intergenerational Activity

Saturday, August 27, 2:00—4:30 p.m.

All ages are invited to print up to one hour and design a personal Veggie Mandala on fabric with vegetable parts or medicinal weeds. The resulting flag is yours to take home. Printing inks are non-toxic. All materials are provided. Free. Registration recommended, space is limited. Reserve your spot, call (413) 863-3221. Meet in the Great Hall.