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Our Living Building Tour Program

Come meet our newest educator – our building! It is designed to model systems in nature, it is net zero energy, net zero water, has composting toilets, and has been made with responsibly sourced non-toxic materials, come check it out at one of our bi-monthly tours. FREE but registration online appreciated. Learn more...



Winter and Spring Children & Family Programs Opens Online December 6th

Whether it's Nature Discovery Preschool, Homeschool, Nature Play Afterschool, Girls into the Wild, Curriculum Days or Vacation Camp, registration opens soon! Learn more...


  1. Nature Play After School

    December 7—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  2. Girls Into the Wild

    December 8—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  3. Nature Discovery Preschool

    December 9—9:30 am - 11:30 am
  4. Nature Discovery Preschool

    December 9—1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  5. Explore Trees of the Connecticut River Flood Plain

    December 11—10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  6. Homeschool Discovery Day

    December 13—10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  7. Nature Play Afterschool

    December 14—1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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"Earth Matters" is in the Daily Hampshire Gazette every two weeks.

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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 2, 2016 at 8:29pm
Here is the 200th Earth Matters! I take the occasion to reflect on what the column has meant to me, and what I hope readers have gained from it over the years.
Michael Dover, coordinator & co-editor of Earth Matters

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 EnvironmentNovember 18, 2016 at 7:41pm
Here’s the the November 18 Earth Matters by Hitchcock board member Elizabeth Farnsworth. As many of us get ready for the traditional turkey dinner, Elizabeth gives us a picture of the life of the wild turkey in our midst.
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Hitchcock Center for the Environment shared their event.November 17, 2016 at 9:00pm
We're excited for the Hot Water Issues symposium on Saturday featuring nationally recognized speakers Amy Vickers, Laurel Schaider, and Casey Brown. Have you reserved your seat?
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Hitchcock Center for the Environment shared their event.November 9, 2016 at 9:00pm
Spaces are still available for this great opportunity to learn and refresh your skills in identifying the oaks. #AmherstMA #westernMA #PioneerValley
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Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentNovember 9, 2016 at 9:00am
There’s a quiet revolution underway in Massachusetts... have you heard? #amherstma #westernMA #Massachusetts #sustainability #water #netzero #livingbuilding

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November 8, 2016 at 12:20pm
Join an upcoming building tour to learn about our pilot net zero water system! https://t.co/dAsYhtEnrS #AmherstMA #westernMA #Sustainability https://t.co/fPf1mTRcmG
November 1, 2016 at 10:57am
Understanding net zero water with Chris Chamberland, Thursday. https://t.co/1V0hJqW1q8 #AmherstMA #westernMA #netzero #water #netzerowater
October 13, 2016 at 2:10pm
Check out our watershed map, featured in @ConcreteDecor! #WesternMA #AmherstMA #PioneerValley #livingbuilding https://t.co/N22i9jIjyR
October 4, 2016 at 10:19am
RT @SenStan: The @HitchcockCenter is walking the walk when it comes to #sustainability. Great to attend the ribbon cutting for their new #L HitchcockCenter photo

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