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New Science Standards K-8 Professional Development Opportunity!

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  1. River Flood Plain Explorations

    July 22—9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  2. Nature Summer Camp: Session 3

    July 24—8:30 am - 3:00 pm
  3. Nature Summer Camp: Session 3

    July 25—8:30 am - 3:00 pm
  4. Nature Summer Camp: Session 3

    July 26—8:30 am - 3:00 pm
  5. Nature Summer Camp: Session 3

    July 27—8:30 am - 3:00 pm
  6. Nature Summer Camp: Session 3

    July 28—8:30 am - 3:00 pm
  7. Nature Summer Camp: Session 4

    July 31—8:30 am - 3:00 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 Environment shared Local Harmony's post.July 20, 2017 at 4:00pm
A beautiful addition to our rain garden play space was put into place today!
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Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentJuly 18, 2017 at 8:00am
Do you teach science? You may be interested in a free 2-day professional development opportunity presented by the Hitchcock Center (10 PDPs offered) and aligned with the new Massachusetts Science and Technology standards.

We've been working with a dedicated group of classroom teachers and our environmental educators to develop several curriculum units focused on critical lessons about energy, water and climate using our super green building as a model.

Learn more about this opportunity on our website: http://bit.ly/2us2UES #pioneervalley #westernMA #AmherstMA #scienceeducation
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Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentJuly 17, 2017 at 8:00pm
How many ecosystem services are provided by birds? Are there any others not included here?
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Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentJuly 14, 2017 at 6:30pm
Massachusetts’ own Henry David Thoreau was born 200 years ago this week. Earth Matters celebrates his bicentennial with two columns. The July 14 column by Reeve Gutsell gives us a portrait of the man who famously said “In Wildness is the preservation of the World,” but also protested against slavery and war.
The second column, about how Thoreau’s careful observations of nature are helping today’s naturalists look at the effects of climate change, will appear on July 28.

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 EnvironmentJuly 7, 2017 at 5:55pm
Today, Nature Summer Camp Eco-Investigators observed and learned, from camp counselor Hannah French, how Cornelius eats mice.
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Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentJune 30, 2017 at 7:29pm
A popular expression in environmental education is “no child left inside,” encouraging us all to get children out into the natural world. But there are also important things to learn inside, especially if one is in a “living building” like the new home of the Hitchcock Center. In the June 30 Earth Matters, Hitchcock Center educator Katie Koerten describes how the building has become a significant part of her teaching.
Enjoy! And visit the Hitchcock Center!

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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