Additional Programs

Registration for fall 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

Saturday Science will take a break in the summer, but will return in the fall with these cool topics:

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.


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