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    Lowell

    National Historical Park Massachusetts

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Event Details

  • Everyday from 04/22/2013 to 04/26/2013

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    Location: Lowell National Historical Park Fee Information: Free Contact Name: Phil Lupsiewicz Contact Email: e-mail us Contact Phone Number: 978-275-1705

Throughout the week, join us for a series of special programs that reveal the connections between Lowell's industrial history and the past, present, and future of the environment. All programs listed below are free and take place or begin at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum. No reservations are needed.
National Park Week Special Programs:
Industrial Watershed Workshop
Monday, April 22
2:30-3:30
Industrial pollution - visible and invisible - travels through our watershed, contaminating the water sources humans rely on. It is one of the unfortunate legacies of industrialization. Join a ranger for a hands-on workshop experimenting with groundwater tanks to discover how pollution travels both above and below ground. (Recommended for Grade 7 - Adult)

Hidden History Ranger Talk - Unintended Consequences

Tuesday, April 23
1:00-1:30

The development of waterpower and factories in Lowell had a huge impact on the environment, both near and far, and we still feel that impact today.Join a ranger to discover some of the surprising and unintended environmental consequences of Lowell's industrial history. Find out how your National Parks are working to fix some of the problems that the industrial revolution created.

Controlling Nature Guided Tour
Tuesday, April 23
2:30-4:00

The river and the canals in Lowell have been used for transportation, power, recreation, dumping waste, and even as a source of food. Balancing the different uses of the waterways has been a challenge throughout Lowell's history. How do you think Lowell's water resources should be used? Share your ideas and discuss the environmental legacy of Lowell's textile industry. Join a ranger for a ½ mile guided walk along the Riverwalk, a visit to the River Transformed exhibit at the Suffolk Mill, and a trolley ride back along the Merrimack Canal.

Make Your Own Nature Journals
Wednesday, April 24

11:00-12:00

This Land is Your Land: Celebrating National Parks in Story and Song

Wednesday, April 24
1:00-2:00

Have you ever imagined singing the stories of your life? Come to Lowell National Historical Park and share stories of your experiences in national parks. Join a ranger to experience the process of creating a song from a spoken story. It could be your story!

Industrial Watershed Workshop
Wednesday, April 24
2:30-3:30

Industrial pollution - visible and invisible - travels through our watershed, contaminating the water sources humans rely on. It is one of the unfortunate legacies of industrialization. Join a ranger for a hands-on workshop experimenting with groundwater tanks to discover how pollution travels both above and below ground. (Recommended for Grade 7 - Adult)

Hidden History Ranger Talk - Unintended Consequences

Thursday, April 25
1:00-1:30

The development of waterpower and factories in Lowell had a huge impact on the environment, both near and far, and we still feel that impact today.Join a ranger to discover some of the surprising and unintended environmental consequences of Lowell's industrial history. Find out how your National Parks are working to fix some of the problems that the industrial revolution created.

Controlling Nature Guided Tour
Thursday, April 25
2:30-4:00

The river and the canals in Lowell have been used for transportation, power, recreation, dumping waste, and even as a source of food. Balancing the different uses of the waterways has been a challenge throughout Lowell's history. How do you think Lowell's water resources should be used? Share your ideas and discuss the environmental legacy of Lowell's textile industry. Join a ranger for a ½ mile guided walk along the Riverwalk, a visit to the River Transformed exhibit at the Suffolk Mill, and a trolley ride back along the Merrimack Canal.

Rethinking Nature- A Creative Writing Workshop
Friday, April 26
12:30-2:15 p.m.

What is the nature of a city? How can industry work with nature? This question has been present throughout Lowell's history, and it is a question that environmentalists are still debating. Join Ranger Resi in a collaborative creative writing workshop and explore this issue with stories and writings from Lowell's past, and imaginatively reflect on what "urban nature" means for Lowell today.

Equal Pay for Equal Work
Friday, April 26
2:30-3:30

Women earn 80 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts.It's called the gender wage gap, and it has a major impact on the purchases women are able to make for their families. Can women afford to be environmentally conscious consumers? How can we bridge the gap between income and environmental responsibility? Is our environmental responsibility as consumers dependent on income? Come join in the discussion.

For more information about the park and its offerings, visit www.nps.gov/lowe or call us at (978) 970-5000. Park hours are 9-5 daily for the Visitor Center at 246 Market Street, and 9:30-5 for the Boott Cotton Mills Museum at 110 John Street. Free parking is available at the Visitor Center (Use 305 Dutton Street on your GPS).