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UMass Lowell’s Toxic Use Reduction Institute Funds the Hitchcock Center’s Educating for a Healthy Material World Program Series

By Casey Beebe

The Hitchcock Center for the Environment was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $15,000 from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at UMass Lowell. This grant will support a series of educational programs focused on the toxic materials most commonly used in constructing our homes and places of work, the harmful effects they have on human and environmental health, and alternatives that can lead toward a healthier planet.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on January 25, 2017.

Tackling “Hot” Water Issues Symposium

By Casey Beebe

On a sunny Saturday in November we held the first of a series of symposiums focused on “hot” water issues. Our Hot Water Issues symposium brought nearly 100 people together to hear three distinct perspectives on water issues: how water conservation can make a difference, what is being detected in our water and the corresponding health effects, and what climate research is telling us about managing our precious water.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on January 25, 2017.

Hitchcock Nature Summer Camp is Growing!

By Jeff Mazur and Katie Koerten

The Hitchcock Center is excited to offer our first Nature Summer Camp at our new living building in 2017! Our new center, with three classroom spaces, allows us to add a new age group, the Eco-Investigators. The new group will help us respond to popular demand, allowing more families the opportunity to experience the joy of Hitchcock’s camp, while maintaining a strong and inquisitive learning environment for all of our campers. We will be changing the make up of our age groups as a result of this new addition, to allow for more targeted age related activitiesThe ages of all groups will shift slightly to accommodate this expansion.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on January 25, 2017.

The Common Shiner

Currently the only fish in the Hitchcock Center aquarium are Common Shiners, Luxilus cornutus. I purchased them from a local bait shop so that the aquarium would have an initial source of ammonia to kick start the cycling process. When spring arrives and fish in the Mill and Fort Rivers become more active it will be […]

Published in Hitchcock Animal Care on December 29, 2016.

Cycling the Aquarium

It’s finally happening. After nearly three months of research, equipment purchases, and emails back and forth with experts the Hitchcock aquarium is fully operational. This has been an exciting project to work on, with multiple and varied topics and subtopics for me to become familiar with. My hope with this blog is to share what […]

Published in Hitchcock Animal Care on December 26, 2016.

Our First Living Building Season Sees a Bumper Crop of Visitors

Our First Living Building Season Sees a Bumper Crop of Visitors On September 13, 2016, after four years of planning, designing, fundraising and building, the Hitchcock Center opened the doors to our new 9,000 square foot “living” building. In just our first week, we welcomed over 400 program participants and visitors through our Monarch Citizen Science, […]

Published in eNewsletter, Living Building Project on December 19, 2016.

Building for the Future Campaign Update 12-19-17 Completing the Vision

By Julie Johnson, Executive Director

Our initial $5.8M goal was ambitious, but thanks to the amazing outpouring of support from our local community, private foundations, and state and federal funding sources, we successfully achieved this fundraising goal! THANK YOU!

With a successfully concluded phase one of our campaign by creating an innovative new environmental learning center to support our expanded program aspirations and to serve as an effective teaching tool publicly demonstrating the principles of ecology and the practice of sustainability.

Published in eNewsletter, Living Building Project on December 19, 2016.

Honoring Representative Ellen Story: Our Hero for Healthy Planet

State Representative Ellen Story was honored with the Hitchcock Center’s Hero for a Healthy Planet Award at the annual Salamander Sunday Brunch on November 6th. Her service to the community and her commitment to seeking funding and support at the state level for the Center’s new “living” building has been unwavering. Presented by Julie Johnson, Hitchcock […]

Published in eNewsletter, Living Building Project on December 19, 2016.

Hitchcock Naturalist Ted Watt Contributes to Environmental Education Anthology

We’re excited to announce a new anthology of essays entitled Education in Times of Environmental Crises: Teaching Children to be Agents of Change. This is an anthology written for teachers about how to work with children and increase their awareness of environmental challenges that lie ahead and empower them to make a difference.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on November 18, 2016.

Meet Hitchcock Center’s Fall 2016 Interns

The Hitchcock Center has a dynamic group of interns who work with our educators across all programs each season. Meet the interns who have been working with us this fall. Sam Cordero is a native of southern New Jersey, Sam graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s degree in Earth Science in the spring of 2015. […]

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on November 17, 2016.
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