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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 this fall as we empower curiosity in the environment! Learn more about our programs...

Living Building Challenge Mini-Conference

We invite you to join us for a mini-conference to learn more about the Living Building Challenge, the most rigorous certification program for green buildings available today. Two local projects are currently in design: a new environmental education facility for the Hitchcock Center and the Campus Portal at Hampshire College, making western Massachusetts a local hotspot for these projects. Learn more...

Hitchcock's Annual Report

Click here for our current annual report for fiscal years 2012 and 2013. For additional reports and a map of our work in schools across the region, please click here.

Fungi Field Trip

with Dianna Smith,
mycology educator

Saturday, September 20

Join mycology educator and photographer, Dianna Smith, who will lead us on a fascinating guided walk of fungi to be discovered at Mt. Toby. Participants will be given a general introduction to the evolution of fungi and their critical roles as recyclers, parasites and symbiotic associates of 90-95% of the earth's plants. Learn more...

Morning Nature Walk for Seniors

with John Green, Naturalist
Wednesday, September 17

Join naturalist John Green for a lovely amble at the Quabbin. John will point out flora and fauna of this favorite stomping ground. • FREE • Registration required • Space is limited

Still Life: Victorian and Contemporary Taxidermy

with Jennifer Pyke
Thursday, September 18

Taxidermy was a craze in the nineteenth century, in museums and in home collections. The current taxidermy revival – with classes in Brooklyn, taxidermy as decor in stylish shops, reality TV shows – is just as strange, just as artistic, and just as full of questions. 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.