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August 2017

Nature Summer Camp: Session 5

August 18—8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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$275 - $305

http://www.hitchcockcenter.org/programs/children-and-family-programs/nature-summer-camp/

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Nature All Year Study Club

August 20—9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fieldtrip Location,
$275 - $325

Sundays once per month, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon (some class times may vary depending on topics) Members $275/Non-members $325 for the full course Drop-in cost is $27. For the Plum Island field trip, the drop-in cost is $45. Register here Join us for our fourth year of offering an in-depth natural history course for naturalists and citizen scientists. Each month, in our series of nature explorations with different local naturalists, we explore a focused, seasonal, natural history topic. We’ll look…

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Science Standards K-8 Professional Development

August 21—9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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FREE

New Science Standards K-8 Professional Development Opportunity! Come try New Science Curriculum at our New Super Green Building! Monday, August 21 & Tuesday, August 22 9:00am - 2:30pm FREE, space is limited Registration required The new Hitchcock Center for the Environment is offering an exciting 2-day professional development opportunity. We have been working with a dedicated group of classroom teachers and our environmental educators to develop several curriculum units that align with the new Massachusetts Science and Technology standards and…

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Science Standards K-8 Professional Development

August 22—9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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FREE

New Science Standards K-8 Professional Development Opportunity! Come try New Science Curriculum at our New Super Green Building! Monday, August 21 & Tuesday, August 22 9:00am - 2:30pm FREE, space is limited Registration required The new Hitchcock Center for the Environment is offering an exciting 2-day professional development opportunity. We have been working with a dedicated group of classroom teachers and our environmental educators to develop several curriculum units that align with the new Massachusetts Science and Technology standards and…

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River Flood Plain Explorations

August 26—9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fieldtrip Location,
$20 - $30

Ted Watt, Hitchcock Center Naturalist Saturday, July 22, August 5 & August 26, 9am-noon Members $50 for series or $20 per walk/Non-members $80 for series or $30 per walk Register here One of our most significant natural habitats here in the Valley is our flood plain forests. We’ll visit 3 different flood plain forests, a different location each date, looking at the plants and exploring the natural history. We’ll identify a number of species and compare the plant communities at…

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September 2017

Living Building Tour

September 1—4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
FREE

Come meet our newest educator – our building! It is designed to model systems in nature, it is net zero energy, net zero water, has composting toilets, and has been made with responsibly sourced non-toxic materials, come check it out at one of our bi-monthly tours. Public Building Tours First Fridays at 4pm Third Wednesdays at 12pm FREE but please register online. Private Building Tours The Hitchcock Center offers private group building tours, based on availability. The fee for these tours…

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Nature Play Afterschool

September 6—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
$380 - $410

Hitchcock’s Nature Play Afterschool Program for children ages 6–9 is all about getting kids outside to run, jump, climb, splash, invent, imagine, play and be a free-range kid. There are many positive impacts of nature play on children’s social, emotional, intellectual, and physical well-being. It’s also an effective way to build a generation of committed environmental stewards. with Jeff Mazur Ages 6-9, Grades 1-3 Wednesdays – 3:30pm-5:30pm, extended days 1:30pm-5:30pm September 6 – December 20 (no class November 22) Extended…

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Saturday Family Science – Living with Black Bears

September 9—10:00 am - 11:00 am
FREE

Join us for seasonal nature and science programs each second Saturday of the month. Designed for children with their parents, these programs will explore cool topics in nature. No registration required. Groups of 6 or more please call ahead. with Patrick O’Roark Second Saturdays, September through December Free 10am - 11am Saturdays, September 9, October 14, November 11, December 9 While the program is offered 10-11, families are welcome to enjoy the Hitchcock Center from 9-1 each second Saturday. Upcoming…

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Homeschool I – Patterns in Nature

September 12—10:00 am - 2:00 pm
$420 - $450

From chipmunk stripes to ladybug spots, spiral seashells to sunflowers, patterns are everywhere you look in nature. In this homeschool class we will discover what makes a pattern and find out how these designs can help animals, plants and people. We’ll explore animal patterns such as stripes, spots, camouflage and more subtle designs such as branching, waves, wrinkles and packing. Each day will include outdoor adventures, writing in our journals, and creating art projects, with special guest visitors and field…

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Homeschool II – Connections: Where Does it Come From?

September 12—10:00 am - 2:00 pm
$420 - $450

Did you ever wonder how fiber becomes thread? Do you want to learn how to turn grass into ice cream? In such a product-oriented society, it is easy to lose connection with how things are made and the origins of the things we use every day. By researching the path of how a product is made we are able to see firsthand the energy that goes into making each product. With games, crafts, special guests, home projects and field trips…

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