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Our Living Building Tour Program

Come meet our newest educator – our building! It is designed to model systems in nature, it is net zero energy, net zero water, has composting toilets, and has been made with responsibly sourced non-toxic materials, come check it out at one of our bi-monthly tours. FREE but registration online appreciated. Learn more...



Enchanted Forest: A Nonscary Halloween Event

Not to be missed, Enchanted Forest is an evening of fun for all ages with special characters telling stories about their lives along our pumpkin-lit trails. This year's theme is Creatures that Build. We hope you can join us October 14th or 15th! Learn more...


  1. Homeschool Discovery Day

    October 25—10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  2. Nature Play Afterschool

    October 26—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  3. Girls Into the Wild

    October 27—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  4. Nature Discovery Preschool

    October 28—9:30 am - 11:30 am
  5. Nature Discovery Preschool

    October 28—1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  6. Amazing Local Geology: A class and field experience

    October 29—10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  7. Explore the New Hitchcock Center’s Grounds

    October 30—9:30 am - 12:30 pm

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Hitchcock Center for the Environment

Hitchcock Center programs are designed to use the study of science and nature, its models, systems, processes, and elements, as a means to provide creative inspiration to solve human problems sustainably. Our programs serve to develop a continuum of competencies that begin at the earliest, most formative years and progress through a process of lifelong learning to engender a greater understanding of the interdependence of the environment, economy, and social issues. Our approach to education uses the environment as classroom and defines place at a variety of scales - the schoolyard, the backyard, the neighborhood, the park, the farm, the town, the forest, the pond, the mountains, and the watershed. In these settings, the Hitchcock Center helps thousands of children and adults see and understand the impacts of our actions. Through our programs, we make connections to where our food comes from and where our waste goes. We help people understand our intimate relationship with the critical life-sustaining processes that support us.
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Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentOctober 21, 2016 at 6:35pm
How do other species perceive the world? In the October 21 Earth Matters, contributor David Spector discusses ways in which various animals experience their environment very differently from our own five senses. From ultraviolet and infrared light spectra to ultra- and infrasound, sensing wave motion and magnetic fields, the world around them is rich with information that we need specialized instruments to detect.

P.S. If you’re unable to access the Gazette page, wait until Monday or Tuesday and go to the Hitchcock Center website, www.hitchcockcenter.org, where you’ll find the article on the home page.
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Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentOctober 20, 2016 at 7:31pm
TONIGHT: Thinking about solar power (PV) for your home but not sure where to start, if you can afford it, and what incentives are available? Come with your questions and learn more about the latest on residential solar options & incentives. http://bit.ly/2e5EOdg #WesternMA #PioneerValley #AmherstMA #residentialsolar
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Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentOctober 18, 2016 at 8:00pm
Interested in a tour of our new Living Building? Our next building program tour is tomorrow - Wednesday - beginning at noon. Tours last about 45 minutes. Join us if you can. Upcoming fall tour dates: http://bit.ly/2e5EOdg #WesternMA #AmherstMA #PioneerValley #LivingBuilding #OthersideMA
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Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentOctober 14, 2016 at 1:02pm
We can't wait to meet Creatures that Build this year at Enchanted Forest! If you haven't already registered, there are only a few walk times still available: http://bit.ly/2e7YgVU. Here is Isabella from last year... #WesternMA #WesternMass #AmerstMA #PioneerValley #EnchantedForest
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Isabella 'Woolly Bear' Tiger Moth Caterpillar at Enchanted Forest
This skit was performed by Hitchcock Education Director Colleen Kelley as part of the Enchanted Forest, an annual non-scary Halloween event at the Hitchcock ...
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Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentOctober 10, 2016 at 5:10pm
Enchanted Forest: A Non-Scary Halloween Event for the whole family featuring Creatures That Build. What creatures will you meet on our pumpkin-lit trails? Come find out! All ages are welcome to this special annual event. Reservations required. http://bit.ly/2e7YgVU #WesternMA #WesternMass #AmherstMA #PioneerValley #family #outdoor

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October 13, 2016 at 2:10pm
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