Family Programs

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Monarch Tagging

Jennifer Unkles, Monarch tagger since 1997
Thursday, September 14, 4pm- 6pm

Sunday, September 17, 2pm- 4pm – Program date filled
FREE, Registration appreciated
Help with this ongoing citizen science project and get up close and personal with Monarch butterflies. It’s a good year for Monarchs! Fun for all ages!

Pumpkins and Bats Oh My: A Fall Evening Family Program

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.

Saturday Family Science Series
Second Saturdays, September thru December

The Hitchcock Center is open to families and the community second Saturdays of the month, September thru December from 9am-1pm. Stop by to explore our building, talk with an educator, read a book with your kids or grandkids in our visitor center, and join us for one of our family science programs.

Saturday Family Science
Free, registration appreciated. Groups of 6 or more please call ahead.
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.

September 9 – Living with Black Bears
Have you ever seen a bear in your neighborhood? Massachusetts’ only native species of bear, the black bear, is an amazing and often misunderstood animal. Join us as we learn about how they live and how we can safely share their habitat with them.

October 14 – Slime Time
The natural world is full of ooze, goo and slime, and it’s often more than meets the eye. In this program we’ll learn about how different animals and plants benefit from slime, and we’ll make our own slime to play with, including Ooblek and flubber.

November 11 – Composting Critters|

Nature has been composting, or turning organic matter into soil through decomposition, for much longer than we humans have been doing it. Come meet some of the creatures that are busy breaking down the dead stuff out in nature, including earthworms, pill bugs and beetles. We’ll learn all about the lives of these composting critters and how they can help us compost our own waste.

December 9 – Exploring Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs lived on our planet for over 165 million years – that’s more than 1,000 times longer than modern humans have existed! In this program we’ll explore the different groups of dinosaurs and learn which dinosaurs lived right here in the Pioneer Valley.

Birthday Parties at the Hitchcock Center

Have your child’s next birthday party at the Hitchcock Center! Choose from a menu of nature-based themes and have our skilled educator lead all elements of the party. Contact Katie Koerten to schedule a party or call 413 256-6006. We are currently scheduling birthday parties through December, 2017.

Birthday parties at the Hitchcock Center…

*subject to change

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Party Themes and Descriptions:

Woodland Magic – Explore the magical side of the woods! Look for fairy treasure and make a fairy wand. Bring your imagination!

Scaly and Slimy – Meet a reptile, learn about their adaptations, and explore the woods for reptile habitat.

Incredible Insects – Hold an insect, look for them out on the trails and learn about what makes them special.

At Home in the Wild – See what it takes to become an animal in the wild. Play camouflage games, learn to walk silently like a fox and listen carefully like an owl.

Feathers in Flight – Make eye focusers and go looking for birds in the woods, play bird games and learn about what makes them awesome!

Winter Wonderland – Animal tracking, winter animal adaptations and snow play are all possibilities for a winter birthday party!

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