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October 2017

Viewing the Night sky

October 21—7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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FREE

with James Lowenthal, Professor of Astronomy at Smith College and active in the International Dark-Sky Association Friday, September 29, 7:15pm Saturday, October 21, 7:00pm Friday, November 10, 6:30pm Saturday, December 2, 6:30pm FREE, Registration appreciated James will provide telescopes and help us view constellations, planets, galaxies and stars from our Hitchcock hilltop. We’ll discuss what we are viewing including science facts as well as legends from other cultures that teach deeper lessons about how we can connect with the sky. We,…

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Repair Public: An Experiment in Community Fixery

October 22—1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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FREE

Sunday, October 22, 1pm- 4pm Repair Public is an exercise in community resourcefulness. The basic idea is to encourage people to learn how and/or where to fix broken items instead of tossing them into a landfill and buying replacements. The participants and facilitators are local community members just like you. You bring a broken item that you want help repairing as well as a willingness to try to fix it. There will be repair facilitators on-hand to help you figure out…

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Repair Public: An Experiment in Community Fixery

October 22—1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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FREE

Sunday, October 22, 1pm- 4pm FREE, registration appreciated Repair Public is an exercise in community resourcefulness. The basic idea is to encourage people to learn how and/or where to fix broken items instead of tossing them into a landfill and buying replacements. The participants and facilitators are local community members just like you. You bring a broken item that you want help repairing as well as a willingness to try to fix it. There will be repair facilitators on-hand to…

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Homeschool I – Patterns in Nature

October 24—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?

October 24—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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Living Building Challenge Docent Training Series

October 25—1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
FREE

Wednesdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25, 1:30pm – 2:30pm Registration required Hampshire College and the Hitchcock Center are working together to train docents in the Living Building Challenge and to lead innovative building tours for the public and special groups at our two new LBC buildings. Each building is a valuable educational tool to teach about energy efficiency, rainwater capture, composting toilets, non toxic building materials, etc. We are looking for individuals passionate about green building and comfortable leading and…

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Nature Play Afterschool

October 25—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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Girls into the Wild

October 26—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
$355 - $420

Sometimes you just need to run, explore and play! That’s what we do at Girls into the Wild, and lots more. Now going into its fourth year, Girls into the Wild is designed to get girls outside, playing and engaging with nature in their own way. Instructor Katie Koerten strives to offer games and activities that each girl can participate in at her own comfort level, from climbing trees, to playing camouflage in the forest, to running and whooping wildly…

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Nature Discovery Preschool – Our Rainbow World

October 27—9:30 am - 11:30 am
$205 - $225

Welcome fall and all its colors at nature preschool at the Hitchcock Center with Colleen! Children will fill their art palettes with many colors and discover how colors affect animals, plants and their own lives. Through movement, songs, crafts and live animal observations, children will investigate camouflage, natural plant dyes, plant patterns, chlorophyll and much more. An adult is required to attend with each child. with Colleen Kelley Ages 3-5 (Adult required to attend with child) Fridays, morning session: 9:30am-11:30…

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Pumpkins and Bats Oh My: A Fall Evening Family Program

October 27—6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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$10 - $12

Friday, October 27, 6pm- 7:30pm Members $10 per child/Non-members $12 per child, must come with an adult. Space is limited, registration required. Join us for an enchanted fall evening of a pumpkin lit walk and a family program about bats. In lieu of Enchanted Forest (which is being revamped) this year we will be offering this family program. PLEASE NOTE: The Enchanted Forest is closed for renovation. We are taking a break this year to revamp the event.

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