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December 2017

Homeschool II – Connections: Where Does it Come From?

December 5—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

December 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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Air Source Heat Pumps – The Latest in Efficient Heating & Cooling

December 6—7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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FREE

with Center for EcoTechnology Wednesday, December 6, 7- 8:30pm FREE, Registration appreciated An air source heat pump is a system which transfers heat from outside to inside a building, or vice versa. Air at any temperature above absolute zero contains some energy. An air-source heat pump transfers (‘pumps’) some of this energy as heat from one place to another, for example between the outside and inside of a building. This can provide space heating or cooling. A single system can be…

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Girls into the Wild

December 7—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

December 8—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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Saturday Family Science – Exploring Dinosaurs

December 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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Nature All Year Study Club

December 10—9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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$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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Rescheduled – Homeschool Discovery Day – We All Depend on Trees

December 12—10:00 am - 2:00 pm
$45 - $50

Do you love science and nature? Do you want to see what the Hitchcock Homeschool program is all about? Sign up for our Discovery Days, our one-time programs about science and nature. In a mixed-age setting, we explore cool topics at the Hitchcock Center, meet science experts, and sometimes go on field trips. Our Discovery Day programs are appropriate for everyone from first time to veteran homeschoolers, and we welcome almost-6 year olds who are interested in joining our class…

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Nature Play Afterschool

December 13—1:30 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

December 14—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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