Greenfield Community College

Greenfield Community College
  • From the Connecticut River Valley to the Tasman Sea: Lessons in Plate Tectonics GCC event

    From the Connecticut River Valley to the Tasman Sea: Lessons in Plate Tectonics

    Wednesday March 7 - 7:00pm

    Stinchfield Lecture Hall

    Recently, 32 scientists sailed aboard the scientific research vessel JOIDES Resolution to drill six sites in the Tasman Sea. Adriane Lam, as one of the expedition scientists, will discuss her experience and some of the major findings.

    Recently, 32 scientists sailed aboard the scientific research vessel JOIDES Resolution to drill six sites in the Tasman Sea. Adriane Lam, as one of the expedition scientists, will discuss her experience and some of the major findings.

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    Lost Towns of Quabbin Hike GCC event

    Lost Towns of Quabbin Hike

    Saturday March 31 - 9:00am

    Hike to the center of the former town of Dana and compare old photographs of the town with the cellar holes and recovering forest that exists today. We might even hike deep into the woods to see the remains of a crashed fighter jet. This workshop involves moderate hiking on and off trail in a forested environment in early spring conditions.

    Hike to the center of the former town of Dana and compare old photographs of the town with the cellar holes and recovering forest that exists today. We might even hike deep into the woods to see the remains of a crashed fighter jet. This workshop involves moderate hiking on and off trail in a forested environment in early spring conditions.

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    Hidden Cave of Mount Toby GCC event

    Hidden Cave of Mount Toby

    Saturday April 14 - 9:00am

    Hike through the forests of Mount Toby to visit a hidden cave that reveals the hidden geologic history of the Pioneer Valley. Our hike will take us up and over one of the low ridges of the mountain to an exposed crevasse that hides the entrance to a cave with narrow passages, low and high ceilings, and a small bat hibernaculum. Our hike involves some steep hills and some rugged terrain through a beautiful hemlock forest. Those who are interested in exploring the cave itself will be given helmets but you need to bring your own headlamp or flashlight…or both! Dress to be outside in the forest all day and to crawl and scramble on and between rocks in the cave. Be sure to bring a small backpack with lunch and plenty to drink! Our round trip hike will be about 2.5 miles, allowing plenty of time for exploring, taking pictures, and looking for animal tracks and sign.

    Hike through the forests of Mount Toby to visit a hidden cave that reveals the hidden geologic history of the Pioneer Valley. Our hike will take us up and over one of the low ridges of the mountain to an exposed crevasse that hides the entrance to a cave with narrow passages, low and high ceilings, and a small bat hibernaculum. Our hike involves some steep hills and some rugged terrain through a beautiful hemlock forest. Those who are interested in exploring the cave itself will be given helmets but you need to bring your own headlamp or flashlight…or both! Dress to be outside in the forest all day and to crawl and scramble on and between rocks in the cave. Be sure to bring a small backpack with lunch and plenty to drink! Our round trip hike will be about 2.5 miles, allowing plenty of time for exploring, taking pictures, and looking for animal tracks and sign.

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    “Spring into Dinosaurs” at Two Famous CT Museums GCC event

    “Spring into Dinosaurs” at Two Famous CT Museums

    Saturday April 21 - 8:45am

    This Connecticut bus trip with guide Richard Little will be an excellent way to celebrate spring. There will be two destinations:Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History (New Haven) and Dinosaur State Park (Rocky Hill).

    This Connecticut bus trip with guide Richard Little will be an excellent way to celebrate spring. There will be two destinations:Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History (New Haven) and Dinosaur State Park (Rocky Hill).

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    Wild Wilderness of Dunbar Brook GCC event

    Wild Wilderness of Dunbar Brook

    Saturday May 5 - 9:00am

    Join us for a hike along Dunbar Brook, deep in the wilderness of the Monroe State Forest. This moderate trail follows the brook with crystal clear water and countless small waterfalls. We’ll stop for lunch at a trail shelter where we can briefly leave the trail to see some larger waterfalls as they cascade between steep and deeply forested hillsides. Be sure to bring a small backpack with lunch and something to drink. If the water is low enough for us to find a safe crossing, we can even bushwhack a short distance to visit the largest White Pine tree in Massachusetts! Our round trip hike will be about 2.5 miles, allowing plenty of time for exploring, taking pictures, and looking for animal tracks and sign. Transportation is not provided.

    Join us for a hike along Dunbar Brook, deep in the wilderness of the Monroe State Forest. This moderate trail follows the brook with crystal clear water and countless small waterfalls. We’ll stop for lunch at a trail shelter where we can briefly leave the trail to see some larger waterfalls as they cascade between steep and deeply forested hillsides. Be sure to bring a small backpack with lunch and something to drink. If the water is low enough for us to find a safe crossing, we can even bushwhack a short distance to visit the largest White Pine tree in Massachusetts! Our round trip hike will be about 2.5 miles, allowing plenty of time for exploring, taking pictures, and looking for animal tracks and sign. Transportation is not provided.

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    A Filmmaker’s Odyssey GCC event

    A Filmmaker’s Odyssey

    Friday May 11 - 7:00pm

    Stinchfield Lecture Hall

    An award-winning filmmaker with extensive production experience, Rawn Fulton has created documentaries in many genres: the arts, biography, corporate marketing and communications, education, environment, ethnography, history, science, sociology, sports and travel. A resident of the Pioneer Valley, Fulton will trace his career projects in film that have taken him around the world as well as delving into documentaries about our own valley.

    An award-winning filmmaker with extensive production experience, Rawn Fulton has created documentaries in many genres: the arts, biography, corporate marketing and communications, education, environment, ethnography, history, science, sociology, sports and travel. A resident of the Pioneer Valley, Fulton will trace his career projects in film that have taken him around the world as well as delving into documentaries about our own valley.

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    Where Does Curiosity Lead You? GCC event

    Where Does Curiosity Lead You?

    Saturday May 12 - 1:00pm

    Special guided tour of Memorial Hall Museum's outstanding exhibits, including the special exhibit, "Astronomy, Geology, and Dino Tracks! Oh my! Edward and Orra Hitchcock and Early Natural Sciences." Follow the clues from the fossil footprints discovered in the stones on Bank Row in Greenfield, to the stunning new science of ichnology in the Connecticut River Valley. Transportation is not provided.

    Special guided tour of Memorial Hall Museum’s outstanding exhibits, including the special exhibit, “Astronomy, Geology, and Dino Tracks! Oh my! Edward and Orra Hitchcock and Early Natural Sciences.” Follow the clues from the fossil footprints discovered in the stones on Bank Row in Greenfield, to the stunning new science of ichnology in the Connecticut River Valley. Transportation is not provided.

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    Connecticut Valley Geology Day: From Pangea to Lake Hitchcock GCC event

    Connecticut Valley Geology Day: From Pangea to Lake Hitchcock

    Saturday May 19 - 10:00am

    This program will give you an introduction to local geology and teach you how to identify rocks and landforms, enabling you to read the great stories recorded in stone.

    This program will give you an introduction to local geology and teach you how to identify rocks and landforms, enabling you to read the great stories recorded in stone.

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    Learning Tree Bark GCC event

    Learning Tree Bark

    Sunday June 3 - 10:00am

    For nearly half the year, bark provides the best clue to tree ID. Become familiar with the characteristic bark of different trees in different habitats and at a different stage of growth. Registration for this Summer workshop starts April 9.

    For nearly half the year, bark provides the best clue to tree ID. Become familiar with the characteristic bark of different trees in different habitats and at a different stage of growth. Registration for this Summer workshop starts April 9.

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  • We publish a print program guide twice yearly that we distribute to our members.  You can download a print brochure below, or call 775-1671 or email pvi@gcc.mass.edu to request one to be mailed.

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