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November 2017

Girls into the Wild

November 2—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

November 3—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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Living Building Tour

November 3—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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“Holey Basalt”: Amazing Geologic Stories in the Holyoke Range

November 3—7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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$32 - $40

with Richard Little, Geologist Friday, November 3, 7pm – 8:30pm (indoor presentation) Saturday, November 4, 9am – 12pm (field trip) Members $32/Non-members $40 Space is limited. Register here. The Holyoke Range runs east-west extending to the west from the Amherst area and then curves southward extending across Connecticut. It is composed of more than 400 feet of basalt lava formed during the Age of Dinosaurs’ Jurassic Period. Find out about the development of this significant major landscape feature, the backbone…

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“Holey Basalt”: Amazing Geologic Stories in the Holyoke Range

November 4—9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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$32 - $40

with Richard Little, Geologist Friday, November 3, 7pm – 8:30pm (indoor presentation) Saturday, November 4, 9am – 12pm (field trip) Members $32/Non-members $40 Space is limited. Register here. The Holyoke Range runs east-west extending to the west from the Amherst area and then curves southward extending across Connecticut. It is composed of more than 400 feet of basalt lava formed during the Age of Dinosaurs’ Jurassic Period. Find out about the development of this significant major landscape feature, the backbone of…

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Naturally Curious

November 5—1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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$12 - $15

with Mary Holland, Naturalist, Blogger and Author Sunday, November 5, 1pm-2:30pm Ages 4th grade and up. Members $12/Non-members $15 Registration appreciated. In her presentation Mary will describe in detail natural events that take place each month throughout the year. Her talk will be richly illustrated with her own projected images: lady’s slippers in bloom, beavers chewing, red maple flowers welcoming spring…and more. She also brings an extensive natural history artifact collection for you to examine before and after the program. She…

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The “Environmental Canon” Book Club

November 5—2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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FREE

A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold with Rae Griffiths – Teaching Creatures and Casey Beebe – Hitchcock Center First half of book: Sunday, November 5, 2pm-3:30pm OR Thursday, November 16, 6pm-7:30pm Second half of book: Wednesday, January 10, 6pm-7:30pm OR Sunday, January 21, 2pm-3:30pm FREE, Registration appreciated Join us to read through some of the most classic and beloved books in environmental and nature writing. They stand the test of time and illuminate new things in the current era. Have you read this…

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Homeschool I – Patterns in Nature

November 7—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?

November 7—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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Nature Play Afterschool

November 8—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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