Nature Summer Camp

There’s no better place to discover the wonders of the outdoors! At Hitchcock camps, children enjoy, play and learn in the natural world. Registration opens for Members February 2 and for Non-members February 16. Learn more and register... 


Saturday Family Science

The Hitchcock Center is open to families and the community second Saturdays of the month, December thru June from 9am-1pm. Stop by and join us for one of our free family science programs from 10-11am each month. Learn more and register...



  1. Winter Vacation Camp

    February 19—8:30 am - 3:00 pm
  2. Winter Vacation Camp

    February 20—8:30 am - 3:00 pm
  3. Winter Vacation Camp

    February 21—8:30 am - 3:00 pm
  4. Living Building Tour

    February 21—12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  5. Winter Vacation Camp

    February 22—8:30 am - 3:00 pm
  6. Winter Vacation Camp

    February 23—8:30 am - 3:00 pm
  7. Winter Nature Walk on Snowshoes

    February 24—9:00 am - 12:00 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 EnvironmentFebruary 16, 2018 at 6:51pm
Congratulations to Hitchcock Center design team architect Kelly Haigh of designLAB Architects on achieving the 2018 AIA Young Architects Award!

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Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentFebruary 13, 2018 at 2:07pm
Come to the Hitchcock Center to play, learn and explore at Winter Vacation Camp! Each day we'll go on hikes in the woods, play games and learn about nature in winter.
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Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentFebruary 9, 2018 at 11:55pm
Here’s the February 9 Earth Matters by Hitchcock Center educator Katie Koerten. She tells us about teaching engineering to elementary school students. What’s the connection to the environment? We need bold, creative thinking to develop the technologies and inventions that will deal with the world’s environmental challenges in the decades to come. Today’s designer of a funny Rube Goldberg machine might be tomorrow’s breakthrough environmental engineer.

P.S. If you’re unable to access the Gazette page, wait until Monday or Tuesday and go to the Hitchcock Center website,, where you’ll find the article on the home page.
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Hitchcock Center for the Environment added 3 new photos.February 1, 2018 at 9:00am
Nature Summer Camp registration opens on Friday, February 2nd for Members (February 16 for Non-members). Visit our website to view camp sessions, answers to your camp questions, and to register.

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January 31, 2018 at 12:03pm
"...when students are playing in the woods they “create their own learning,” whether it be balance by climbing a rock, or focus by sitting still and listening to the birds." @masscultural #westernMA #northamptonMA #environmentaleducation #mrted HitchcockCenter photo
January 8, 2018 at 1:03pm
We're hosting Wednesday's Arrive @5 with the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce. Register for this event at #westernMA #NorthamptonMA #AmherstMA #othersideMA HitchcockCenter photo
December 27, 2017 at 4:44pm
If you are a Florence Bank customer, please vote for us in their Customers’ Choice Community Grants Program. Last year we were awarded $984 to support our camp scholarship fund! Please help us receive an award again this year and vote by December 31. HitchcockCenter photo
December 20, 2017 at 9:44am
Congratulations to Hitchcock Center's Executive Director Julie Johnson for dedicated work and vision on our new living building! #livingbuilding #livingbuildingchallenge #sustainablebuilding #westernMA #amherstMA #othersideMA HitchcockCenter photo
December 8, 2017 at 9:53am
A celebration of Elizabeth Farnsworth’s life will be held Saturday, December 9, 1:00, at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main Street, Northampton. A reception will follow at 3:00.

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