Additional Programs

Registration for Winter and Spring Children and Family programs is open.
Click HERE to register.

New! Saturdays at the Hitchcock Center

Second and third Saturdays, 9am-1pm
January through June
Drop in, see Hitchcock’s new home, and learn about our living building.

New! Second Saturday Science!

Second Saturdays, January through June
January 14, February 11, March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10
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.

Saturday Science themes:
January 14 – Scutes and Scales
February 11 – The Science of Snow
March 11 – Meet the Trees
April 8 – Energy Is Electrifying!
May 13 – Backyard Birds
June 10 – Wonderful Water

Skydancer! Woodcock Program

with Dan Ziomek, local birder and host of Birdsongs on WRSI, the River
Friday, April 7, 6-9 pm

Member price $15/Non-Member price $18
Register here
Recommended for adults and young people 4th grade and up
Each spring a wonderful species of “shore” bird returns from their wintering grounds to nest near the wetlands and forests of the Valley. Mostly they are incredibly secretive, well-camouflaged and difficult to see. But during the mating season the males perform a beautiful sky dance at sunset; to attract a mate. Dan will explain the life cycle of the American Woodcock and then take us out to see the mating dance! Bring binoculars and dress warm for the evening chill! We may be carpooling to the dancing ground depending on where the action is this year!

Youth Birding

with Dan Ziomek, Local Birder and WRSI’s Bird Songs Radio Program
For young people ages 8-13
6 Saturdays: April 8 – May 13

Individual/Youth: Members $60 Non-members $75
Parent/Child Members $100/Non-members $120
Space is limited, registration required
Spring migration is the most exciting time of year to get out and see birds! Be the next generation of birders!

Hitchcock Good Friday (No school for Amherst)

Friday, April 14
$60 members/$70 nonmembers
Registration required

Come play at the Hitchcock Center when there is no school! We’ll play games, go on outside adventures and do indoor projects. Limited to 12 participants.

Spring Vacation Camp

Grades K-5
April 17-21, 2017
Members: $60 per day / Nonmembers: $70 per day
Registration required
Come play outside during April vacation week! Join us for as many days as you wish as we explore the forest at the new Hitchcock Center. We’ll splash in puddles, smell skunk cabbage and watch for songbirds and other returning migrants. Indoor activities include art projects, playing games and visiting with our live animals. Be prepared for variable spring weather with warm layers and waterproof shoes. Space is limited, so sign up early!

Celebrate Earth Day at the Sustainability Fair

Saturday, April 22, 10am-4pm
Amherst Town Common
Join the Hitchcock Center for this Amherst tradition of sharing ways to make our world a better place.


Join the Hitchcock Center, Mass Audubon at Arcadia, The Kestrel Land Trust, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to offer a range of programs at our individual sites – all to celebrate the beauty and stewardship of birds! Check out the Valley Bird Days to view programs at all the sites.

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