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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...

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.

Harvard Forest Field Trip: Tracking Climate in the Trees

Saturday, November 1
10am-3pm


Join us for a field trip to this fascinating site. We will begin with a guided tour of the Harvard Forest Fisher Museum dioramas, incredible works of art depicting 250 years of landscape change in New England. Then we will be led on a hike on the 1.5-mile research trail, exploring ecosystems ranging from hemlock and mixed deciduous forests to the black gum swamp. Learn more...

The Art of Clean Water: A Family Celebration

Saturday, November 8th
10-11:30am

Holyoke Public Library
(rain or shine)


Join us for The Art of Clean Water - a community wide education and advocacy event all about water for youth and families. The event will include the unveiling of Holyoke students' original storm drain art, student performances, speeches by local dignitaries, and hands-on science and arts activities by community partners. Learn more...

Tour of Amherst Wastewater Treatment Facility

Saturday, November 8
10am-11:30am


We think it is good to know where our water comes from and where it goes. We just turn on our faucets and flush our toilets but what’s the infrastructure that makes that possible? 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.