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Fall Children & Family Programs

All Fall Children & Family Programs are now open for registration. Some programs fill quickly, so be sure to register early to guarantee space for your family.

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Living Building Tour

Thursday, July 14, 4:30-5pm
Join us at our construction site for a free tour. Open to all, no registration required. Park and meet in the Red Barn parking lot at Hampshire College. (Note there is NO tour on Friday, July 1st.)


  1. Summer Camp Session 4: Clues to Nature’s Past

    July 25—8:30 am - August 5—3:00 pm
  2. Summer Camp Session 5: Rube Goldberg Machines Week!

    August 8—8:30 am - August 12—3:00 pm
  3. Hitchcock Center Closed for Moving

    August 22 - September 5
  4. Homeschool I: Marvelous Mammals

    September 13—10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  5. Homeschool II: Digital Ecology

    September 13—10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  6. Nature Play Afterschool

    September 14—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  7. Girls Into the Wild

    September 15—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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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 EnvironmentJuly 16, 2016 at 3:23pm
Here’s the July 15 Earth Matters column, by Hitchcock Center board member Elizabeth Farnsworth. Is that a bit of bird dropping on a leaf, or something quite different? Elizabeth explores the ways in which animals disguise themselves to resemble their surroundings and thus be safe from predators.
P.S. If you’re unable to access the Gazette page, wait a few days 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 Environment shared The Alvah Stone's photo.July 15, 2016 at 6:19pm
Did you get to Battle of the Botanicals? If so, you probably recall that the judges voted Bartender Lincoln Allen's creation the winner of the battle. If you are as curious to try it as we are, head on over to the The Alvah Stone and ask for The Blue Ribbon! #WesternMA #WesternMass #PioneerValley #BattleoftheBotanicals
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Hitchcock Center for the Environment shared EnnisArt's post.July 13, 2016 at 2:29pm
Nature summer campers put on hard hats provided by Wright Builders, Inc. to tour our new Living Building Challenge building design by DesignLAB Architects for the first time today! Solar energy, rainwater harvesting, and composting toilets are a few of the things they began to learn about. While learning about composting toilets one child commented, "It's so interesting that something so messy can become compost that is so useful." We stopped to admire the beautiful new wayfinding tracks by EnnisArt and the kids wanted to know, "A real coyote was in the building?!"

#WesternMA #WesternMass #PioneerValley #AmherstMA #greenbuilding #livingbuildingchallenge #prosoco #sustainability #environmentaleducation
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Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentJuly 6, 2016 at 6:05pm
Congressman Jim McGovern announced the Hitchcock Center's federal grant award from the Institute for Museum and Library Services toward our "Learning From Nature" exhibit design framework. EnnisArt was with us to talk about their featured Connecticut Watershed art installation and put together this wonderful video of the event. https://www.youtube.com/watchv=7vTxofFT1lM&feature=youtu.be DesignLAB Architects Wright Builders, Inc. Prosoco ObjectIDEA #livingbuilding #WesternMA #PioneerValley #AmherstMA
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Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentJuly 5, 2016 at 4:17pm
Read more about the "Learning From Nature" exhibit design framework in our new living building, featuring an artistically rendered Connecticut River watershed map. DesignLAB Architects EnnisArt ObjectIDEA Prosoco #livingbuilding #WesternMA #PioneerValley #Sustainability #NatureEd #environmentaleducation
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June 29, 2016 at 3:24pm
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May 31, 2016 at 11:35am
RT @MassEEA: @MattBeatonEEA today announced $500,000 for @HitchcockCenter's living building project: https://t.co/EUwaBzRySR https://t.co/… HitchcockCenter photo
May 31, 2016 at 11:00am
RT @MassDCR: Once completed, the @HitchcockCenter's new center will have a far reaching educational impact in #Massachusetts.
May 31, 2016 at 11:00am
RT @MassDCR: Proud to join @MassEEA's Secretary Beaton in announcing $500K award for @HitchcockCenter's living building project. https://t.… HitchcockCenter photo
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