Become a MemberDonateJoin Email List
logo for Hitchcock Center for the Environment
  • Children playing in sprinklerEarth Matters Books

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...

Summer Camp Learning and Fun

Our summer campers are learning about patterns in nature, leadership, bees, geology, and more! Want to keep up with their adventures? Follow along on our Nature Camp blog.



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.

Community Food Systems and Social Justice Mini Series - Summer 2014!

Strong community food systems provide us with knowledge of food, farms, nutrition, economics, plants, animals, and access to food for all. How are we doing in western Massachusetts? What knowledge and steps do we need to take? Join us as we explore the questions, challenges, and possibilities for a resilient community food system. Including:

  • Tour of Food For All Garden - Sunday, July 27, 1-2:30pm
  • Panel & Potluck: Perspectives on Food Security in Pioneer Valley Food Systems - Wednesday, July 30, panel 5:30-7pm, potluck @ 7pm
  • Workshop: Local Food & Resilience: Preserving the Bounty - Monday, August 18, 5-7pm

Learn more about this series...

What Makes a Seed Tick? Biology and Adaptations of Seeds

with Elizabeth Farnsworth, Senior Research Ecologist, New England Wild Flower Society
Thursday, August 21, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Plant seeds are little (sometimes big) miracle packets of life; they contain everything a plant needs for a head-start. The adaptations of seeds for dispersal, dormancy, and germination are as endlessly fascinating as the incredible diversity of seed forms, and illustrate marvelously principles of evolution. Learn more...

Workshop: Local Food & Resilience: Preserving the Bounty

Monday, August 18, 5-7pm
At Not Bread Alone Soup Kitchen
165 Main St, Amherst

This hands-on workshop involves a short presentation on skills for local food system resilience.  Followed by a hands-on canning and fermentation workshop where participants go home with their own preserved goods! Handouts and useful resources will be given. Recipe sharing encouraged! • FREE • Space is limited, call to register

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.