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Western MA Youth Climate Summit Inspires

Forty local high school students engaged in the first Western Massachusetts Youth Climate Summit on November 17, 2017, bringing them closer to a range of local, state, and world-wide solutions and ideas to address climate change problems, to empower each of them to begin working at their own schools.

Published in Blog, Educator Resources, eNewsletter on December 15, 2017.

Executive Director Julie Johnson Receives 2017 AIA Green Giants Award

Executive Director Julie Johnson was the recipient of this year’s Green Giants Award in recognition of her work to envision and fund the Hitchcock Center’s newly constructed living building.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter, Living Building Project on December 15, 2017.

Hitchcock Educators Travel to Latin America as Professional Fellows

Colleen Kelley, our Education Director, and Jessica Schultz, our Sustainability & Living Building Coordinator, have both been accepted into the Environmental Sustainability for Latin American Professional Fellows Program.

Published in Blog, Educator Resources, eNewsletter, Living Building Project on December 15, 2017.

The Mass Cultural Council Funds 10 Naturalist-in-Residence Programs

Hitchcock Center environmental educators will be partnering with ten area schools thanks to over $36,000 in grant funding support from the Mass Cultural Council’s STARS (Students and Teachers working with Artists, Scientists, and Scholars) program.

Published in Blog, Educator Resources, eNewsletter on December 14, 2017.

Apollo 13 Professional Development Challenge Rouses Educators

Hitchcock Center educators develop and lead engaging professional development programs for K-12 teachers using real-life events. The recent Apollo 13 Challenge Professional Development workshop held on December 8th was no exception. Inspired by the film depicting America’s third Moon landing mission, Hitchcock environmental educators provided 60 Pre-K through 6th grade teachers in the Union 38 School District with a memorable learning experience that combined inquiry based science with “tinkering and making” skills that enhanced STE education (Science, Technology and Engineering) in their classrooms.

Published in Blog, Educator Resources, eNewsletter on December 14, 2017.

Building without toxins: Hitchcock Center shows how it’s done

By Maureen Turner for Going Green

Hitchcock Center serves as a powerful teaching tool for the rest of us.

Signs of the Hitchcock Center for the Environment’s commitment to sustainability are evident all around its South Amherst site: the large solar array on its roof, the rain barrels at the bottom of downspouts, the station for refilling water bottles in a hallway, the composting toilets in the restrooms. But many of the green measures the center took in constructing its new home, which opened in 2016, are not immediately visible to the eye. At a recent event, “Building without Toxins: Educating for a Healthy Material World,” the nonprofit organization highlighted some of those less immediately obvious measures, the result of thoughtful, even painstaking decisions made at every step of the construction process.

Published in In the News, Living Building Project on November 9, 2017.

In Memory of Elizabeth Farnsworth

The entire Hitchcock community is deeply saddened by the sudden and unexpected death of Elizabeth Farnsworth. We will miss Elizabeth’s extraordinary talents, creativity, and compassion for all things living. Elizabeth had a long history with the Hitchcock Center as a board member, fundraiser, botanist, researcher, educator, and contributor. We are lucky to have had the privilege of knowing and working with her. 

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on November 7, 2017.

18th Annual Biothon Results!

The results are in from this year’s 18th annual Biothon!

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on August 9, 2017.

Meet Our 2017 Nature Summer Camp Directors and Staff

Hello and welcome to Nature Summer Camp 2017! We are incredibly excited for our first Nature Summer Camp at the new Hitchcock Center. The counselors, Katie and I have been as busy as beavers around here getting ready for the first day of camp next week. We can’t wait to meet all the campers! I […]

Published in Blog, eNewsletter, Nature Summer Camp on June 27, 2017.

ITD Partnership Strengthens Cultural, Environmental, and Sustainability Exchange

For three weeks in May, Cristian Velez from Iquitos, Peru and Carlos Macotela from San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico joined the Hitchcock Center staff to learn about educational methods and sustainability. Cristian and Carlos were participating in the Institute for Training and Development’s (ITD) Professional Fellows Program in Environmental Sustainability. The Professional Fellows Program, sponsored by […]

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on June 22, 2017.
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