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Battle of the Botanicals

It’s back! Our second annual Battle of the Botanicals returns to the PowerHouse at Amherst College with an outstanding line-up of teams from 8 of our region’s hottest restaurants. Tickets are available on a sliding scale, with all event proceeds supporting the Hitchcock Center’s year-round science and nature programs for all ages.



Spring & summer programs are open for online registration!

Children, Youth and Family Programs are available here. Community programs are all listed here. And, you can also check our calendar for program offerings by date. If you are a teacher, this is a perfect time to schedule spring fieldtrips.


  1. Homeschool Discovery Day

    May 2—10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  2. Spring Birding Class

    May 3—6:30 am - 8:00 pm
  3. Nature Play Afterschool

    May 3—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  4. Girls into the Wild

    May 4—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  5. Film Screening: A Plastic Ocean

    May 4—7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  6. Valley Bird Days

    May 5
  7. Nature Discovery Preschool

    May 5—9:30 am - 11:30 am

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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 EnvironmentApril 26, 2017 at 11:44am
Are Valley Bird Days events on your calendar for May 5-13? There are activities and programs for individuals and families in Springfield, Easthampton, Hadley, Amherst and Montague. https://valleybirddays.wixsite.com/valley-bird-days #birds #valleybirddays #pioneervalley #westernMA
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Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentApril 25, 2017 at 6:36pm
You can now visit our new Valley Gives page! Starting today, you can make your gift in advance, and it will be automatically processed on Valley Gives Day. Thanks to a generous donor, the first $5,000 we receive will be matched dollar for dollar. http://bit.ly/2q2fCFh #ValleyGives #AmherstMA #PioneerValley #WesternMA
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Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentApril 22, 2017 at 4:02pm
Stop by and say hello! We're at the Amherst Sustainability Festival until 4.
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Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentApril 22, 2017 at 10:36am
Happy Earth Day! Come visit us and our red-backed salamanders at the Sustainability Festival on Amherst Common 10-4 today. #AmherstMA #Sustainability #PioneerValley #WesternMA
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Hitchcock Center for the Environment shared a link.April 21, 2017 at 7:00pm
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Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentApril 21, 2017 at 6:22pm
One reason that so many naturalists, both professional and amateur, love to study insects is the amazing array of adaptations these creatures exhibit. In the April 21 Earth Matters, biologist and Hitchcock Center board member Elizabeth Farnsworth gives us yet another example of the fascinating world of insects - ant-lions.
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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