About us

The Hitchcock Center, founded in 1962, connects people with nature and encourages a deeper emotional bond with the natural world that sustains us all. The Center helps develop a community that understands connections among human health, ecosystems and economies through educational programs that offer a particular focus on children, who live in a world of environmental challenges.

Our Mission

Our mission is to educate and to inspire action for a healthy planet.

Our Vision

We envision a world where people, communities and ecosystems thrive.

Our educational framework

The framework centers on five fundamentals:

  • Understanding principles of ecology
  • Valuing place
  • Promoting resilience
  • Demonstrating sustainability in the built environment
  • Educating for active citizenship

These videos illustrate the impact of our work:

Resilience: A Chance to Build (March, 2015) defines what resiliency is (in the context of human qualities); uncovers what the characteristics of a resilient person are; explores why having a resilient citizenry is important; and highlights the Hitchcock Center for the Environment as an example for the type of education that helps nurture resilient people.

Roots: 50 Years of Growth engages our community to talk around the importance of the Center’s work.

Connecting to Place: Educating for Healthy Planet examines our work with schools, in classrooms, and with teachers.

A Natural Bond: Education for a Healthy Planet focuses on our work with children, youth, and families.

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