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Holyoke Heritage State Park, Morning Canal Walk

July 9 - July 27

Join the Park’s interpreter on a historical interpretative walk of downtown Holyoke. Learn how Holyoke has evolved over the years into the culturally diverse community it is today. This program is free. Everyone is welcome! Meet at the Holyoke Heritage State Park Visitor Center. see Schedule Below…..

Tuesdays, July 9, 16, 23 & Saturdays, July 13 & 27

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

 

Morning Canal Walk

Suitable for individuals and families with children, ages 8 and older (siblings welcome)

Join the Park Interpreter for a walk around the block stopping at points of historic significance. Discussions include how Holyoke has evolved from a major manufacturing city to a thriving cultural center. Each walk in the series will touch upon a specific historic or contemporary topic. Please wear appropriate footwear and bring water. Heavy rain cancels.

Saturday, July 13

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Bricks, Masonry, & Mud!!

For families with children ages 6 and older (siblings welcome). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Discover the many ways bricks were laid that house the mills, churches, and schools. Observe the various masonry techniques of the buildings across from the park and take part in a hands-on activity making your own mud brick and trying your hand at applying mortar. Participants can drop-by for this activity anytime during the scheduled time.

Tuesdays, July 9, 16, 23

Wednesdays 3, 10, 17, 24

 & Fridays 12, 19 & 26

Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Discovery Table

For children of all ages. Children and adults discover something new about the natural world through books, toys, exploring with a magnifying glass, and coloring. Participants can drop-by for this activity anytime during the scheduled time.

Wednesdays, July  10, 17, 24

 & Fridays 12, 19 & 26

Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Wandering Ranger

Suitable for everyone. Come search for the Wandering Ranger, a.k.a. Park Interpreter, to see what has caught her interest in the park for the day. It could be collecting and sorting tree seeds, flagging an orienteering course, or displaying one of the Park’s many natural history curiosities. Wandering Ranger is available for questions such as what is there to do in Holyoke, what are the historic significances of the canal and mills, and many things that have to do with nature. Participants can drop-by for this activity anytime during the scheduled time.

Saturday, July 20

10 a.m. – 12 noon

SPECIAL EVENT: Canal Walk and 48 Horses (+2)

Suitable for individuals and families with children, ages 8 and older (siblings welcome)

Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the scenic canals followed by a special tour of the Holyoke Merry Go Round. The antique, hand-carved Merry Go Round was a major attraction at Mountain Park from 1929 to the park’s closing in 1987. The Merry Go Round made its new home at Holyoke Heritage State Park in 1993 and still plays organ music as the 48 horses offer a delightful ride for visitors. Find out what the additional 2 mystery horses are that also reside at the Holyoke Merry Go Round. The tour is free. Optional Merry Go Round rides are available for $2/person. Ride proceeds go to benefit the operation and preservation of the Merry Go Round. Heavy downpour cancels.

Saturday, July 27

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Beaver Dam Challenge

Suitable for families with children ages 4 and older (siblings welcome)

Take on the challenge of building a miniature beaver dam using objects collected in nature. Also, learn what beavers use their tails for, why their teeth are orange instead of white, and why they build dams. Participants can drop-by for this activity anytime during the scheduled time.

Holyoke Heritage State Park

Visitor Center and Exhibits

221 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA

413-534-1723

Open:  Tuesdays through Sundays, Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Closed:  Mondays

Entrance to the center and all interpretive programs are FREE and open to the public.

The Holyoke Heritage State Park Visitor Center features an information desk, displays, and an exhibition hall.  The Exhibition Hall focuses on both Holyoke’s history as a center for paper and textile manufacturing and its role as a gateway for the immigrant and migrant groups who settled this culturally rich and vibrant city.

Details

Start:
July 9
End:
July 27

Venue

The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round
221 Appleton Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
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Phone:
(413) 538-9838
Website:
www.holyokemerrygoround.org