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Grand Opening Celebration

Our Grand Opening Celebration is Saturday, October 1st. All are welcome as we premiere our Living Building and launch a new era of environmental education programs. It's a family friendly celebration and we hope you can join us for this free event! 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 the Build. We hope you can join us October 14th or 15th! Learn more...


  1. Nature Discovery Preschool

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

    September 30—1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  3. Grand Opening Celebration!

    October 1—10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  4. Homeschool I: Marvelous Mammals

    October 4—10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  5. Homeschool II: Digital Ecology

    October 4—10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  6. Volunteer Training

    October 5—3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  7. Nature Play Afterschool

    October 5—3:30 pm - 5:30 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 EnvironmentSeptember 29, 2016 at 8:00pm
We're looking forward to officially migrating to our new living building on Saturday at our Grand Opening. We hope you can stop by and join us! Check the facebook event (available via our page) or our website for more details on event activities. #WesternMA #WesternMass #AmherstMA #PioneerValley #livingbuilding
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Hitchcock Center for the Environment shared Smith College's post.September 29, 2016 at 11:54am
Thanks Visit Hampshire County! The Hitchcock Center looks forward to achieving full certification and joining the list of these impressive projects whose teams have challenged traditional building practices toward a more sustainable and just future for all. Come visit us! #WesternMA #WesternMass #AmherstMA #PioneerValley
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Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentSeptember 23, 2016 at 7:32pm
The Daily Hampshire Gazette published this a week early. This is the September 16 Earth Matters column by Ted Watt. Ted discusses the phenomenon of birds, previously known primarily as southern, now overwintering in our region. The data point to climate change as the reason.
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 EnvironmentSeptember 22, 2016 at 8:00pm
The Hitchcock Center is one of the new places to visit in western MA! #AmherstMA #westernMA #WesternMass #PioneerValley #OthersideMA #livingbuildingchallenge #Massachusetts
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Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentSeptember 17, 2016 at 7:39pm
Are you interested in volunteering with us? Opportunities are currently available in our visitor center and building tour program. Training is available, please check the schedule to register for upcoming dates. #Volunteer #livingbuilding #AmherstMA #WesternMA #WesternMass

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September 29, 2016 at 10:22am
Come join our migration & grand opening celebration on Saturday! https://t.co/XOPo1KSLoP #WesternMA #WesternMass #AmherstMA #livingbuilding
September 28, 2016 at 6:54pm
RT @CETOnline: We're so excited that the Hitchcock Center for the Environment is now open! https://t.co/9aND90Tlil @HitchcockCenter
September 22, 2016 at 4:14pm
We're a fun new place to visit in Western MA! https://t.co/oj7WMeYL8A #AmherstMA #WesternMA #Massachusetts #livingbuildingchallenge
September 16, 2016 at 1:22pm
Our watershed map story with @PROSOCO stain, created by @EnnisArtLLC. #livingbuilding #AmherstMA #WesternMA https://t.co/QcXpPf9HBH
September 14, 2016 at 9:49am
Monarch tagging today. Hands on citizen science! https://t.co/QIw182ecoQ #MonarchWatch #WesternMA #AmherstMA https://t.co/hCdfG1y1Xk HitchcockCenter photo

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