Nature All Year Course

Join us for our fifth year of offering an in-depth natural history course for naturalists and citizen scientists. Each month, in our series of nature explorations with different local naturalists, we explore a focused, seasonal, natural history topic.
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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. Free thanks to UMass Five College Federal Credit Union. Learn more...



  1. Homeschool Discovery Day – We All Depend on Trees

    December 19—10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  2. Living Building Tour

    December 20—12:00 am - 1:00 pm
  3. Hitchcock Center Closed

    December 23—8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  4. Hitchcock Center Closed

    December 24—8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  5. Hitchcock Center Closed

    December 25
  6. Hitchcock Center Closed

    December 26
  7. Hitchcock Center Closed

    December 27

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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 EnvironmentDecember 15, 2017 at 6:31pm
Just in time for this cold snap, here is the first of Ted Watt’s Earth Matters columns about keeping warm in winter. This one talks about how animals protect themselves from the cold while staying active. The next column will be about how you can be comfortably warm while outside this time of year.

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 EnvironmentDecember 15, 2017 at 1:33pm
What can an e-reader have in common with a peacock feather?
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Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentDecember 12, 2017 at 9:00am
Join the Nature-All-Year Club! Every month we explore a different seasonal natural history topic in the Pioneer Valley, improving our understanding of ecology and skill as naturalists and citizen scientists. The focus ranges from broad habitat perspectives to close details of individual species. One Sunday a month from 9 a.m. to noon. This program has something for people with a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and skills. For details, and registration go to: #natureallyearclub #westernma
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Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentDecember 7, 2017 at 11:30pm
Join us to remember the life of Elizabeth Farnsworth.

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 1-5pm
Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence
220 Main Street, Northampton, MA

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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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