Nature Summer Camp

Registration for camp opens on February 1 for members and on February 15 for non-members. At Hitchcock camps, children enjoy, play and learn in the natural world. Learn more...

Children & Family Programs

Registration is now open for all winter and many spring Children and Family Programs. Find the program that's right for your family and register today. Learn more...



  1. Nature Play Afterschool

    January 23—8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  2. The Lost Forests of New England Film Screening

    January 23—7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. Girls into the Wild

    January 24—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  4. Winter Preschool Day: Signs of Animals

    January 25—9:30 am - 11:30 am
  5. Winter and Early Spring Birding

    January 26—7:00 am - 12:00 pm
  6. Repair Public: Fixery through Community

    January 27—12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  7. Nature Play Afterschool

    January 28—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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Winter seems finally to be upon us. And right on time, here’s a column about snow and trees. In the January 11 Earth Matters, botanist and regular contributor Lawrence Winship discusses the behavior of water in winter and one of his favorite “snow puzzles” - melt rings around trees. Can you guess the cause?
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If you think farming is a difficult occupation, you’re right. Among all the variables they have to contend with, climate change is adding to the challenges. In the December 31 Earth Matters, contributor Reeve Gutsell discusses the very wet 2018 growing season and how farmers are adapting to the increased uncertainty posed by a changing climate.
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Hitchcock Friends! If you are a Florence Bank customer, please vote for us in their Customers’ Choice Community Grants Program. Last year we made the list for the first time and were awarded $1021 to support our camp scholarship fund! Please help us receive an award again this year and vote by December 31.

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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

Do you have a passion for science and the natural world? Are you skilled in working with children? The Hitchcock Center has an opening for a part-time environmental educator. Learn more: https://bit.l/2lJh4LU #AmherstMA #WesternMA HitchcockCenter photo

Join us today from 5-8pm @rivervalleycoop. Proceeds will benefit the Hitchcock Center which is recipient of the Austin Miller Co-Op Hero Award. AND, June’s Green Stamp recipient is the Hitchcock Center! #AmherstMA #NorthamptonMA #OthersideMA #WesternMA
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Our annual summer kickoff event is this Thursday, with all proceeds to benefit our friends at the @HitchcockCenter! Delicious food, face painting, live music, and so much more!

Hitchcock Center's design team in NYC today sharing the process of designing a building as an educational and advocacy tool! #AmherstMA #WesternMA #OthersideMA #LivingBuildingChallenge #LBC #buildingaseducator #ecotourism #AIACON18
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This morning @spbatchelor and @kellyardhaigh are at #AIACON18 speaking about their process designing the @HitchcockCenter building as an educational tool

See you in Northampton on Wednesday to discuss climate and energy issues for MA Senate.
#AmherstMA #westernMA #othersidema
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Forum focused on climate and energy issues for MA Senate (Hampshire-Worcester-Franklin) Candidates June 20 in Northampton #mapoli #climateEmergency @MOFpv @MassSierraClub @350Mass @greeninggreenfi @HitchcockCenter @MothersOutFront @northamptontv

Join us at @rivervalleycoop's Strawberry Ice Cream Social is this Thursday, June 21 from 5-8pm! As the nonprofit recipient of the Austin Miller Co-op Hero Award, Strawberry Ice Cream Social food sale proceeds benefit @HitchcockCenter. #westernma #othersidema #amherstma HitchcockCenter photo

Thank you to everyone who joined the fun at Battle of the Botanicals. With your help we raised over $33,000 for @hitchcockcenter's environmental education programs! And a BIG thank you to all the participating restaurants, sponsors, MC & judges! #battleofthebotanicals #amherstma HitchcockCenter photo

Your favorite local restaurants are competing in a benefit for the Hitchcock Center’s education for a healthy planet on June 7th! Join us for amazing appetizers and craft cocktails and vote for your favorite! #battleofthebotanicals #amherstma HitchcockCenter photo

Top local restaurants are going head to head on June 7th! Join us for botanically inspired food and drinks, vote for your favorites, and help support education for a healthy planet at the Hitchcock Center! Get your tickets today! #amherstma #westernma HitchcockCenter photo

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