Environmental & Climate Justice with Jacqueline Patterson

Jacqueline Patterson is Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, the organization's largest program. Options to learn from Jacqui include a lecture and workshop. See her schedule...



Fall Community Programs

Get ready to explore the natural history, sustainability and environmental justice topics this fall through our community programs! Learn more...



  1. Nature Play Afterschool

    September 26—1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  2. Girls into the Wild

    September 27—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  3. Nature Discovery Preschool: Mammal Friends

    September 28—9:30 am - 11:30 am
  4. Nature Discovery Preschool: Mammal Friends

    September 28—1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  5. Nature Play and Learning Places Garden Work Day

    September 30—1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  6. Living Building Tour Ambassador Training Series

    October 1—12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  7. Nature Play Afterschool

    October 1—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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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 EnvironmentSeptember 21, 2018 at 4:08pm
Here’s the September 20 Earth Matters, by John Sinton. John describes an outing with several experienced naturalists in the wilds of Northampton last June, part of the Hitchcock Center’s annual Biothon. It’s a fundraiser for the Center but also a great opportunity to appreciate the diversity of life right around us.

P.S. If you’re unable to access the Gazette page, wait until Monday or Tuesday and go to the Hitchcock Center website, www.hitchcockcenter.org, where you’ll find the article on the home page.
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Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentSeptember 18, 2018 at 10:00pm
The Western Mass Pollinator Network is a non-profit, all-volunteer grassroots project formed in 2016 with a goal of inspiring the creation of 1,001 Pollinator Gardens in western Mass. Come to a short workshop about easy things you can do to make your own yard more friendly to pollinators and tour some of the Hitchcock Center’s native pollinator plantings.

Pollination Celebration Day at the Hitchcock Center is Sunday, September 23rd from 11am to 3pm, activities for the whole family include: building bee hotels, tagging monarchs, gardening workshops, face painting, caterpillar lab, pollinator parade and obstacle course, crafts, and treats from Crooked Stick Pops. Bring a picnic and stay for the day! Information and tickets https://bit.ly/2NyzxdQ

This event is sponsored by the Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association and Shumway Services.
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Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentSeptember 18, 2018 at 5:39pm
"Radar ornithology is an emerging field that extracts avian activity from weather-radar data to track birds’ nocturnal movements. Researchers in this field employ the power of cloud computing and use algorithms to identify bird activity among meteorological phenomena, such as thunderstorms and drizzle."
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Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentSeptember 17, 2018 at 6:39pm
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Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentSeptember 13, 2018 at 8:00am
"Birds and hurricanes have coexisted for millennia, and given the chance, healthy bird populations rebound from the effects of such natural disasters. Unfortunately, humans make this difficult for some birds because we have destroyed so much natural coastal habitat, and so nowadays hurricanes pose greater threats to vulnerable bird populations than they once did. Working to preserve and restore as much coastal habitat as possible, to minimize toxic spills and leaks during storms by enacting and enforcing strict regulations, and to keep bird populations healthy year round are our best strategies for minimizing the long-term effects of hurricanes on birds."
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Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentSeptember 12, 2018 at 7:00pm
If the weather on September 11 [was] favorable for migration, the regional influence of the Tribute is tremendous, drawing in densities of migrating birds at 20 times (and up to 150 times) their normal levels. In seven nights of study over seven non-consecutive years of the Tribute in Light, the scientists estimate that 1.1 million birds were influenced by the beams."

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September 14, 2018 at 2:06pm
Pollination Celebration Day is September 23, 11-3! Activities for the family: building bee hotels, tagging monarchs, gardening workshops, face painting, the Caterpillar Lab from Keene, NH, pollinator parade and more! Schedule at https://t.co/NBOftFh7FC #AmherstMA #WesternMA https://t.co/OvI1aRomqk HitchcockCenter photo
September 10, 2018 at 10:32am
Our latest Earth Matters column by staff member Patrick O'Roark: What color is your praying mantis? https://t.co/WBx7oSpSTW #AmherstMA #WesternMA #Insects https://t.co/5RpBVjwsh9 HitchcockCenter photo
August 14, 2018 at 11:19am
"...in Massachusetts the number of days with temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit is expected to increase from the five to 20 that we experience today, to 30 to 60 annually by the end of the century." https://t.co/CayrmFY975 @EnvironmentMA #RenewableAgenda

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