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Western Massachusetts was once filled with numerous mining and quarry operations, and studies of geology and local history overlap with explorations of former mine and quarry sites! We’ve highlighted four such gems that families can easily visit this summer.

During the coming months, the Westfield River Committee is offering a series of Saturday workshops, work days, guided explorations, and other events in order to engage the community in a process of learning about and how to care for the river and its watershed. The Wild and Scenic Saturdays offer a mix of educational activities, opportunities to engage in community service, and adventures into the watershed’s fascinating wilderness.

Family-Science Hunt for Micrometeorites Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket… for real! Falling stars, also known as micrometeorites, fall to Earth quite frequently (over 22,000 tons worth yearly!). On Saturday, October 8th from 10:30am-2pm, families can learn how to find their own shooting star at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls!  HCC geology instructor Steve Winters will be on hand to teach families about the best… Read More

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