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Thinking of Going Solar?

Go green and support the Hitchcock Center too. Now through February 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...



Winter 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. Our Living Building Tour

    January 18—12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  2. Nature Play Afterschool

    January 18—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  3. Girls into the Wild

    January 19—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  4. Winter Preschool Day

    January 20—9:30 am - 11:30 am
  5. Saturdays at the Hitchcock Center

    January 21—9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  6. Winter Curriculum Day

    January 23—8:30 am - 3:00 pm
  7. Homeschool Discovery Day

    January 24—10:00 am - 2:00 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 EnvironmentJanuary 13, 2017 at 7:53pm
Here’s the January 13 Earth Matters, by writer and Hitchcock Center volunteer Reeve Gutsell. She discusses the science and practice of restoration ecology - working to repair and renovate damaged ecosystems.
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 EnvironmentJanuary 12, 2017 at 9:00am
Help us spread the word...Do you know an experienced educator who would be interested in joining our Nature Summer Camp staff? Applicants should have a genuine love of children, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and lots of patience as well as a practice of caring for the environment and a curiosity about the natural world in their everyday lives. #WesternMA #AmherstMA

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