Saturday Family Science Series

Second Saturdays, September thru December

Free thanks to UMassFive College Federal Credit Union
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.
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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.
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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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