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October 2017

Girls into the Wild

October 12—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 13—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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Exploring for Mushrooms

October 14—9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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$20 - $25

with Dianna Smith, Pioneer Valley Mycological Association Saturday, October 14, 9am – 12pm, Mt Toby State Reservation Members $20/Non-members $25 Space is limited. Register here. Join Dianna for an in-depth exploration of our fungi. She can identify to species whatever we find and fill us in on each species’ unique adaptations, identifying characters, and ecology. You will leave her walks with a greatly increased knowledge base of our local mushrooms and motivation to keep learning on your own. Visit her…

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Saturday Family Science – Slime Time

October 14—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 Discovery Day – Fabulous Fungi

October 17—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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Living Building Tour

October 18—12:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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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

October 18—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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Living Building Docent Training Series

October 18—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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Girls into the Wild

October 19—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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Moving Toward Zero Waste for Amherst

October 19—6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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FREE

Thursday, October 19, 6pm-9pm FREE, Registration appreciated With the League of Women Voters of Amherst, the Recycling and Refuse Management Committee of Amherst, the Sustainability Department of Amherst and the Hitchcock Center for the Environment With the League of Women Voters of Amherst, the Recycling and Refuse Management Committee of Amherst, the Sustainability Department of Amherst and the Hitchcock Center for the Environment Join us to learn about this new initiative to raise awareness about zero waste and to educate the community about how to move toward this goal. This evening will be…

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