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Thinking of Going Solar?

Go green and support the Hitchcock Center too. Now extended through May 15th, anyone who contacts PV Squared  for a free, no-obligation solar assessment can mention the Hitchcock Center and PV Squared will make a $500 donation to our Building for the Future Campaign, if your project moves forward to installation. Learn more...


Spring programs are now open for online registration!

Children, Youth and Family Programs are available here. Community programs are all listed here. And, you can also check our calendar for program offerings by date. If you are a teacher, this is a perfect time to schedule spring fieldtrips.


  1. Nature Discovery Preschool

    March 24—9:30 am - 11:30 am
  2. Nature Discovery Preschool

    March 24—1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  3. Hampshire Woods Walk and Wildlife Sightings Database Update

    March 25—10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  4. Homeschool I

    March 28—10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  5. Homeschool II

    March 28—10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  6. Nature Play Afterschool

    March 29—1:30 am - 5:30 pm
  7. Through the Seasons with Wildflowers

    March 29—7:00 pm - 8:30 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 EnvironmentMarch 10, 2017 at 10:30pm
Trees can sometimes take some unusual shapes due to various environmental stresses. But some of those shapes may be intentionally brought about by human action. In the March 10 Earth Matters, contributor Lawrence Winship discusses some of the ways in which these kinds of alterations are likely to have happened and some of the thinking about why.

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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