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Continuing 50 Years of Excellence in Environmental Education

Education is a critical ingredient to developing a community that understands the interconnections among the health of people, ecosystems and economies. Our commitment at the Hitchcock Center is to help people connect and reconnect with nature, especially young children, and to encourage development of a deeper emotional bond to the natural world that sustains us all. Come join the Hitchcock Center this fall as we empower curiosity in the environment! Learn more about our programs...

Hitchcock's Annual Report

Click here for our current annual report for fiscal years 2012 and 2013. For additional reports and a map of our work in schools across the region, please click here.

Natural History & Phenology Courses

Nature All Year – A Natural History Study Group
Changes in the Natural World: Phenology and Citizen Science

We're excited to announce that last year's extremely popular natural history phenology study group will return in 2015, now with two course options available. Designed with participant feedback and requests in mind, these courses provide a fantastic opportunity to indulge your curiosity of the natural world, ask questions, learn locally in a supportive environment, and get involved in science with some of the region's most knowledgeable field naturalists. Learn more...


Family Musical Event with Sarah Pirtle

Saturday, February 7
(snow date Sunday, February 8)

"Two Hands Hold the Earth" is a family musical event for all ages presented by nationally acclaimed ecology-singer Sarah Pirtle. Sarah will share lively sing-along songs that express our love of the earth, using a range of instruments including the talking drum and the Native American inspired flute. Sarah Pirtle founded the Children's Music Network and has performed at nature centers and schools for over thirty years. Her songs have traveled to many campfire sings, and she is best known for writing "My Roots Go Down" and "The Mahogany Tree." Learn more...

FrogWatch USA Citizen Science Training

with Brittany Gutermuth, Environmental Educator
and Patti Steinman, MassAudubon
Friday, February 6, 6:30pm-9pm
Held at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
127 Combs Road, Easthampton

Come learn about our native frog and toad species. Learn to identify them by their calls and sign up to participate in a citizen science program in which you are helping amphibians. FrogWatch USA is a well-respected, citizen science program that invites individuals and families to learn about the wetlands in their communities and to help conserve amphibians. Learn more...

The Hitchcock Center for the Environment’s mission is to foster a greater awareness and understanding of our environment and to develop environmentally literate citizens.