Battle of the Botanicals

Our fourth annual Battle of the Botanicals boasts an outstanding line-up of talented chefs & mixologists serve up amazing botanically inspired appetizers and cocktails you won’t want to miss. Join us to see who makes it to the competition stage and takes home the crown in the toughest year of competition yet! Learn more...



Flora and Fauna Fest

Join the count! Challenge yourself in a quest to spot as many species as you can. Invite your friends and family to sponsor you to support education for a healthy planet. Your count will contribute both to the Hitchcock Center’s catalogue and to a global biodiversity research database. How many species can you find? Learn more...



  1. Nature Play Afterschool

    May 20—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  2. Homeschool I: Animals That Build

    May 21—10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  3. Homeschool II: Spring into Citizen Science

    May 21—10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  4. Nature Play Afterschool

    May 22—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  5. Girls into the Wild

    May 23—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  6. Nature Discovery Preschool: PreHistoric Preschool

    May 24—9:30 am - 11:30 am
  7. Nature Discovery Preschool: PreHistoric Preschool

    May 24—1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Have you ever heard of an irruption? It has nothing to do with volcanoes or skin conditions. It’s an interesting ecological event, when birds or other species travel out of their normal range due to changing conditions “back home.” In the May 17 Earth Matters, Joshua Rose discusses the reasons behind bird irruptions and some of the birds that show up here when they happen.

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Wondering what's happening in the life of the falcon family today? Check-in on the live stream to find out!
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"Postulating that pupils might be ideal influencers, the researchers decided to test how 10-to-14–year-olds’ exposure to climate change coursework might affect, not only the youngsters’ views, but those of their parents. The proposed pass-through effect turned out to be true: teaching a child about the warming climate often raised concerns among parents about the issue. Fathers and conservative parents showed the biggest change in attitudes, and daughters were more effective than sons in shifting their parents’ views. The results suggest that conversations between generations may be an effective starting point in combating the effects of a warming environment."

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Western MA is committed to social equity and environmental responsibility. We believe our building exemplifies that commitment. What does sustainability look like in your community? #AmherstMA #WesternMA #WesternMass #LivingBuilding #SustainabilityMatters #HealthyBuildings

Hitchcock Center's headquarters is 23rd building across the globe, to earn a Certified Living Building Award for achieving the @livingbuilding Challenge from the @Living_Future Institute. #LivingBuilding #SustainabilityMatters #NetZero #BuildTheChange

There's still time to help us meet our #ValleyGivingTuesday goal to raise $10,000 for our Scholarship Fund! Your donation helps meet a matching challenge & will ensure we can fill our Nature Summer Camp with more children. HitchcockCenter photo

Help send 24 children to Nature Summer Camp! Your contribution on Giving Tuesday will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000. #ValleyGivingTuesday HitchcockCenter photo

November 27th is Giving Tuesday, a global day of online giving. Support education for a healthy planet by making a donation to @HitchcockCenter! This year, instead of holding a separate Valley Gives Day, the Valley Gives on #ValleyGivingTuesday HitchcockCenter photo

Acting Together in the Face of the Climate Crisis, a panel conversation with Jacqueline Velez, Susan Theberge, and Marty Nathan tonight at 7pm @HitchcockCenter on local issues. #AmherstMA #WesternMA #environmentaljustice HitchcockCenter photo

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 #AmherstMA #WesternMA HitchcockCenter photo

Our latest Earth Matters column by staff member Patrick O'Roark: What color is your praying mantis? #AmherstMA #WesternMA #Insects HitchcockCenter photo

Our article in Science&Children from @NSTA! "How Can We Store Water During a Drought? A #sustainability #engineering #design #challenge for 4th graders" is #curriculum developed from our @livingbuilding as educator. #elementaryeducation #buildthechange HitchcockCenter photo

" 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." @EnvironmentMA #RenewableAgenda

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