Nature Summer Camp

There’s no better place to discover the wonders of the outdoors! At Hitchcock camps, children enjoy, play and learn in the natural world. Registration is now open. Learn more and register... 


Saturday Family Science

The Hitchcock Center is open to families and the community second Saturdays of the month, December thru June from 9am-1pm. Stop by and join us for one of our free family science programs from 10-11am each month. Learn more and register...



  1. Homeschool I

    March 20—10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  2. Homeschool II

    March 20—10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  3. Living Building Tour

    March 21—12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  4. Nature Play Afterschool

    March 21—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  5. Girls into the Wild

    March 22—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  6. Edible Perennial Gardening and Landscaping

    March 22—7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  7. Nature Discovery Preschool

    March 23—9:30 am - 11:30 am

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Hitchcock Center for the Environment

Hitchcock Center programs are designed to use the study of science and nature, its models, systems, processes, and elements, as a means to provide creative inspiration to solve human problems sustainably. Our programs serve to develop a continuum of competencies that begin at the earliest, most formative years and progress through a process of lifelong learning to engender a greater understanding of the interdependence of the environment, economy, and social issues. Our approach to education uses the environment as classroom and defines place at a variety of scales - the schoolyard, the backyard, the neighborhood, the park, the farm, the town, the forest, the pond, the mountains, and the watershed. In these settings, the Hitchcock Center helps thousands of children and adults see and understand the impacts of our actions. Through our programs, we make connections to where our food comes from and where our waste goes. We help people understand our intimate relationship with the critical life-sustaining processes that support us.
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Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentMarch 12, 2018 at 5:30pm
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Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentMarch 9, 2018 at 9:04pm
Spring is almost here, and migratory birds are already arriving. Whether you want to feed the migrants or the permanent residents, or both, Joshua Rose’s March 9 Earth Matters column has the guidance you need to get started or keep going on bird feeding. Plus some gorgeous pictures from his own feeders!

P.S. If you’re unable to access the Gazette page, wait until Monday or Tuesday and go to the Hitchcock Center website,, where you’ll find the article on the home page.

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February 21, 2018 at 10:02am
Congratulations to Hitchcock Center @LivingBuilding architect Kelly Haigh of designLAB Architects on achieving the 2018 AIA Young Architects Award! #AmherstMA #WesternMA #OthersideMA #EnvironmentalEducation #LivingBuilding #LivingBuildingChallenge
January 31, 2018 at 12:03pm
"...when students are playing in the woods they “create their own learning,” whether it be balance by climbing a rock, or focus by sitting still and listening to the birds." @masscultural #westernMA #northamptonMA #environmentaleducation #mrted HitchcockCenter photo
January 8, 2018 at 1:03pm
We're hosting Wednesday's Arrive @5 with the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce. Register for this event at #westernMA #NorthamptonMA #AmherstMA #othersideMA HitchcockCenter photo
December 27, 2017 at 4:44pm
If you are a Florence Bank customer, please vote for us in their Customers’ Choice Community Grants Program. Last year we were awarded $984 to support our camp scholarship fund! Please help us receive an award again this year and vote by December 31. HitchcockCenter photo
December 20, 2017 at 9:44am
Congratulations to Hitchcock Center's Executive Director Julie Johnson for dedicated work and vision on our new living building! #livingbuilding #livingbuildingchallenge #sustainablebuilding #westernMA #amherstMA #othersideMA HitchcockCenter photo
December 8, 2017 at 9:53am
A celebration of Elizabeth Farnsworth’s life will be held Saturday, December 9, 1:00, at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main Street, Northampton. A reception will follow at 3:00.

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