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