The Arctic on Fire: The Impacts of Climate Change on Tundra Ecosystems

Natalie Baillargeon and Rhys MacArthur participated in an expedition to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, AK last summer and begun a collaborative project investigating the impacts that wildfires have on plant composition and nutrient cycling. Learn more...


FY17 & FY18 Annual Report Available

These are two of the most significant years in the Center’s 57-year history. We completed the construction of our pioneering new living building, expanded programming, and deepened our commitment to education for a healthy planet. Learn more...



  1. Nature Play Afterschool

    April 22—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  2. Homeschool I: Animals That Build

    April 23—10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  3. Homeschool II: Spring into Citizen Science

    April 23—10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  4. Nature Play Afterschool

    April 24—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  5. Girls into the Wild

    April 25—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  6. The Arctic on Fire: The Impacts of Climate Change on Tundra Ecosystems

    April 25—6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  7. Nature Discovery Preschool: PreHistoric Preschool

    April 26—9:30 am - 11:30 am

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As we approach Earth Day, the April 19 Earth Matters, by Kari Blood takes a look at how land conservation can play an important role in stemming climate change and mitigating some of the effects that we’re already experiencing. She points out that "nature-based solutions [like land conservation] increase carbon storage and avoid greenhouse gas emissions so effectively that they could provide more than 30 percent of the emissions reductions we need in the next 10 years to stabilize warming below 2 degrees Celsius.”

We need to bring all available means to bear on the challenge of climate change; land conservation is and will continue to be an important part of the solution.

P.S. If you’re unable to access the Gazette page, wait a few days and go to the Hitchcock Center website,, where you’ll find the article on the home page.
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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

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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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