Kids, Youth & Family Programs

Our programs incorporate learning through nature and opportunities for kids to develop friendships, learn and discover through play, and grow as creative problem solvers.
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September Monarch Tagging

The monarch butterflies are back and their cycle continues! This time we're offering small group classes for all ages, a group hike, and even a special guest! Learn more and sign up.

Join us at Amherst Cinema

for a screening and discussion of Common Ground on Monday, August 5. Watch the highly anticipated sequel to the juggernaut success KISS THE GROUND which inspired the USDA to put $20 billion toward soil health!


Summer Garden Parties

Come into the Hitchcock Gardens on August 7 and Sept 19 for a garden party and demonstration on how to make a variety of infusions with seasonal herbs and flowers.
Learn more and RSVP.


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Hitchcock Center for the Environment
Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentJune 22, 2024 at 3:14pm
We are so grateful to everyone who came out to Battle of the Botanicals on Thursday night for the hottest event of the year! We hope you had as much fun as we did! CONGRATULATIONS TO GOMBO Nola Kitchen & Oyster Bar 🎉 for sweeping the night, winning the cocktail mix-off AND Best Bite! Congrats, too, to Johnny's Tavern and Homestead. for being in the top three and making it to the mix-off stage!

Deep gratitude for ALL of our parter restaurants - Johnny's Tavern, 30Boltwood, Homestead., The Dirty Truth, GOMBO Nola Kitchen & Oyster Bar, and Esselon Coffee Roasting - for their DELICIOUS botanical delights. You made the night so special and YUMMY!

Heartfelt thanks also to Amherst College and Amherst College Dining and Amherst College Multi Media Services for their incredible help and scrumptious food. We couldn't have done it without you!

Oh my gosh... and our incredible MCs and judges! Monte Belmonte and Kaliis Smith from The Fabulous 413; Jim Zaccara from Hope & Olive, and State Representative Mindy Domb! You all rocked it! THANK YOU!
Hitchcock Center for the Environment
Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentJune 21, 2024 at 4:30pm
Nature Summer Camp starts next week! Meet our 2024 Summer Camp Staff ☀ Can you guess who is getting degrees in Environmental Science, taught gardening and science lessons in Springfield Public Schools, loves photography, singing, or writing Chinese calligraphy, or who will be hiking a third of the Appalachian Trail this summer?
Hitchcock Center for the Environment
Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentJune 20, 2024 at 11:55am
Battle of the Botanicals 2024 is tonight at The Powerhouse! Join friends and neighbors for an evening of botanically inspired fare crafted exclusively for the event by six of the best local bartender/chef teams. Then watch them compete LIVE to mix the best cocktail in the Valley, voted by a panel of celebrity judges- and YOU!

Tickets are discounted online and full price at the door. Get yours now:

Thanks to our Voting Station sponsors for helping us bring back one of our most-demanded events:

Amity Street Dental
Florence Bank
Greenfield Northampton Cooperative Bank
Integrity Development & Construction Inc.
Jones Properties
River Valley Co-op
UMassFive College Credit Union

✨🌿 See you tonight at 6 PM! 🥂🌻

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