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

January 2022 Events at the Great Falls Discovery Center

All programs are free and open to the public. For outdoor programs, bring water, dress in layers, and wear good footwear. An adult must accompany children. Inclement weather cancels outdoor programs. 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 5 days a week, Wednesdays—Sundays, 10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. Open New Year’s Day. Open Martin Luther King Jr Holiday January 17.

Come explore the natural, cultural, and industrial history of the Connecticut River Watershed in our dynamic exhibit hall. Adjacent to the Canalside Rail Trail, the center includes the Great Hall exhibit gallery, restrooms, and drinking water. Wheelchair accessible. Reasonable accommodations available upon request. Please follow all current COVID guidelines. Visit for more guidance.

First Day Hike

Saturday, January 1, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Enjoy a leisurely three-mile stroll down the Canalside Rail Trail and get the New Year started off on a Great Falls note. This family friendly hike follows a gentle route and provides an opportunity to discover the abundant natural, historical, and cultural features that make the Center and rail trail such an amazing State Park! Be prepared for cold weather: dress in layers and wear winter boots. Dogs are welcome on leash. Meet at 1 p.m. outside the main entrance of the Great Falls Discovery Center. Hike begins at 1:15 p.m.

Story Walk: Thanks to the Animals

November 12 through January 4, Ongoing, daily.

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, Thanks to the Animals, by Allen Sockabasin. For young readers ages 6-8 and anyone grateful for wildlife and storytelling. Follow the path to book pages posted along the route. A wonderful story awaits! If the path along the StoryWalk® does not become icy, the story walk will be up beyond January 4th. 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.

Great Hall Exhibit: The Northfield Chateau – Remembered, Revisited

January 6 – February 27

Jack Nelson presents an architecturally accurate ceramic model of the Northfield Chateau. The exhibit includes interior and exterior photos, artifacts, a brief history of the architect Bruce Price, a brief history of the owner Francis Robert Schell, and, perhaps, most important, the usage of the Chateau as it evolved overtime to a most revered building with decades of memories. View a six-foot panorama photograph taken from the roof of the Chateau in 1906 upon its completion.

Great Hall Exhibit Reception: The Northfield Chateau – Remembered, Revisited

Sunday, January 9, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 16, snow date

Get an introduction to the Northfield Chateau and meet the artist Jack Nelson. Light refreshments may be provided, depending on current Covid guidance.

Musica Franklin Community Concert

Saturday, January 15, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Musica Franklin presents a community concert, including guest artists.