Cycling the Painted Turtle Aquarium

Recently we unexpectedly received two painted turtles at the Hitchcock Center. They were surrendered to us by someone that couldn’t give them the care they needed anymore. I’m not entirely sure if they were captive bred or taken from the wild, but based on their behavior it is clear that they’ve been pets for a […]

Published in Hitchcock Animal Care on April 5, 2017.

A Partnership to Last: Hitchcock and Hampshire College

By Ted Watt

Building our new living environmental education center on Hampshire College land brings us even more in-depth opportunities to partner with Hampshire College faculty, students and staff.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on March 24, 2017.

Connecting More Children to Nature Summer Camp

We often hear from parents that their children treasure their summers at Hitchcock Center’s Nature Summer Camp. For many, camp is a formative childhood experience. We think all children should have this opportunity.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on March 24, 2017.

Every Kid in a Park

By Julie Johnson

Convincing today’s wired kids that nature is more exciting than technology is a hard sell. So Hitchcock Center educators have been working to develop ways for children to integrate technology with their experiences in nature.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on March 24, 2017.

From Red List to Ready List

By Jonathan A. Wright

One of the primary goals of the Living Building Challenge (LBC) is to eliminate the use of known toxins in products installed in the built environment. If it is harmful to life – humans, animal or anything else – do not use it if at all possible. In 2016, Wright Builders Inc. completed two living buildings which will be evaluated for certification in the next 18-to-24 months. These projects gave us a unique opportunity to work inside the largely unexplored new world of materials research, vetting documentation, and research.

Published in In the News, Living Building Project on February 6, 2017.

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.
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