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Continuing 50 Years of Excellence in Environmental Education

Education is a critical ingredient to developing a community that understands the interconnections among the health of people, ecosystems and economies. Our commitment at the Hitchcock Center is to help people connect and reconnect with nature, especially young children, and to encourage development of a deeper emotional bond to the natural world that sustains us all. Come join the Hitchcock Center as we empower curiosity in the environment! Learn more about our programs...

The Hitchcock Center is breaking ground!

On May 1, 2015, the Hitchcock Center for the Environment will break ground for a world-class environmental center designed and constructed to the world’s toughest standards for sustainable development. The 9000 square-foot Center will be New England’s first public environmental education facility to join the Living Building Challenge™, 20 performance standards that require buildings to be self-sufficient for energy and water and to meet strict requirements for green materials and for the quality of its indoor environment. Worldwide, fewer than ten buildings have been fully certified as living buildings. Speakers include Senator Stanley Rosenberg, Representative Ellen Story, Acting Commissioner Dan Burgess of the MA Department of Energy Resources, Jonathan Lash, President of Hampshire College and other community representatives. Read more herePlease join us on May 1, 2015 at 4:30pm. RSVP via email or by calling 413-256-6006. Parking provided at the Red Barn at Hampshire College.


Youth Birding

with Dan Ziomek 
Local Birder & WRSI’s Bird Songs Radio Program

For young people ages 8-13
6 Saturdays:
April 11, 18 & 25, May 2, 9 & 16

Spring migration is the most exciting time of year to get out and see birds! Each week new species return from the south wearing their spring colors. Each week we will explore a different local site and meeting locations will vary. Be the next generation of birders! Learn more...

Biothon 2015

Any time
May 1-3 or 
May 8-10
Teams determine location.

Biothon is a fundraiser for the Hitchcock Center’s environmental education programs. And it's a fun and educational way to document the biodiversity of our region. Biothon is a team event during peak spring biodiversity. Learn more...

Biothon Bird Walks

with Scott Surner at 7AM on Sunday, May 3rd in Hadley

with John Green at 7AM on Friday, May 8th in Belchertown

Join two of our most popular birders and naturalists for new one-time outings in support of the Hitchcock Center's Biothon! Learn more...

The Hitchcock Center for the Environment’s mission is to foster a greater awareness and understanding of our environment and to develop environmentally literate citizens.