The New Living Hitchcock Center Building as a Teaching Tool – Yes!

By Ted Watt Our Living Building has zero-net-energy and zero-net-water systems that keep us functioning. As part of our on-going process of settling into the building we have been developing curriculum using the building’s features in our teaching. Our goal is teaching young people about alternative technologies that use fewer resources from the planet. Engineering […]

Published in Blog, Educator Resources, eNewsletter on February 15, 2019.

Colleen Kelley Receives #GiftedWomen Award

Education Director Colleen Kelley has been selected by women’s athletic apparel company Title Nine as one of two nationwide #GiftedWomen in recognition of her 35 years educating children and youth at the Hitchcock Center. Her $500 award will help to support the Colleen Kelley Discovery Yard at the Hitchcock Center, an engaging outdoor exploration and play space for children and their families.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on January 7, 2019.

Help Us Raise $10,000 for Scholarships on Giving Tuesday

By Marcus Simon Giving Tuesday is today, November 27th! Giving Tuesday is a global day of online giving – a chance to give back and strengthen our commitment to our community. This year, there is no Valley Gives Day, so the Valley Gives on #ValleyGivingTuesday! We have an exciting opportunity: a $5,000 match to support […]

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on November 27, 2018.

Hitchcock Launches New Environmental Justice Program Series

By Casey Beebe

The Hitchcock Center’s Casey Beebe and long time Hitchcock affiliate Pete Westover, Joe Anderson (Hamshire College’s Environmental Sustainability Alumni Fellow) and Tim Zimmerman (Jonathan Lash Chair and Assistant Professor of Environmental Education at Hampshire College) are working together to offer a new monthly Environmental Justice series.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on November 26, 2018.

2018 Western Mass. Youth Climate Summit Empowers Students to Make Change

By Jessica Schultz

What do you do if you are a high school student concerned about climate change? At the Hitchcock Center, we offer students the opportunity to attend the Western Mass Youth Climate Summit to grow their knowledge and prepare to take action within their school community.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on November 15, 2018.

Birding Programs for Youth this December

By Katie Koerten

The Hitchcock Center for the Environment is excited to be weaving a birding theme through three programs this December to connect young people with the avian world.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on November 1, 2018.

Hitchcock Receives 2018 Paul Winske Access Award from Stavros

By Jessica Schultz

On October 25, 2018, the Hitchcock Center was pleased to be honored with the Stavros’ Paul Winske Access Award for our efforts to design accessibility, in all its forms, into our building design, programming and daily operations.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on October 30, 2018.

Aemelia Thompson Joins Hitchcock Center’s Education Staff

We are happy to announce that Aemelia Thompson has joined the Hitchcock Center’s education team as a part-time environmental educator. She leads the Second Saturday Science program, in addition to facilitating field trips, and summer camp programs. Aemelia started at Hitchcock as a Nature Summer Camp counselor in 2018 and has been with the staff part-time since September, 2018.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on October 15, 2018.

Another Great Year of Leadership Training Camp

By Katie Koerten

So what does it mean to be a leader? This is a question we ask of the LITs (Leaders in Training) every year. This year one of our Spiral Three campers (more on this in the next paragraph) came up with a beautiful and succinct quote for us that became the biggest overarching theme of our two weeks together: “Put the group before yourself.” This is a concept that comes up again and again in the transition of our oldest campers to leaders in training, and to counselor in training.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on October 1, 2018.

How Can We Store Water During a Drought? A sustainability engineering design problem for fourth graders

By Edward Watt & Gillian Andrews

Last summer our area, which has a strong agricultural economy, experienced a severe drought. We chose to explore this issue in-depth with our students, who understood firsthand the importance of water as a resource and of conserving water in their communities.

Published in Educator Resources, In the News on September 4, 2018.
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