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Homeschool on Zoom – A Digital Ecology Class in the Age of COVID

By Jeffrey Mazur This spring I was excited to teach Digital Ecology again. It was the class I taught to my Homeschool II group in 2016 when I first joined the Hitchcock Center. Over the winter I had revamped the curriculum to incorporate new ideas like using stationary wilderness cameras and having my students create […]

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on June 15, 2020.

A conversation with naturalist John Green

by Katie Koerten

John Green is a naturalist, birdwatcher, photographer and nature tour leader living in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts. He’s been leading programs for the Hitchcock Center for the Environment and other environmental education organizations for almost five decades. As a fellow bird enthusiast and educator, I owe my foundation for bird song identification to John; he was my most formative birding mentor. He agreed to sit down with me this week as part of #BlackBirdersWeek for a conversation about his life and experiences as a birdwatcher and naturalist. 

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on June 5, 2020.

Celebrating Earth Day 2020

Today, we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. In the midst of a global pandemic and physical distancing, many of us are finding solace and hope in the miracle of spring emerging around us. We hope you can get outside and allow nature to bring you peace and joy.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on April 22, 2020.

Hitchcock Center Hosts Statewide Cultural Access Launch

Mass Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Health Connector launched the ConnectorCare Card to Culture program at the Hitchcock Center on Friday, January 17. This unique program is designed to facilitate access for all Massachusetts residents to cultural facilities, including the Hitchcock Center, across the state. Residents with EBT, WIC, or Connector Care cards are eligible for benefits at over 100 cultural organizations across the state.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on January 17, 2020.

Get Out! Exploring the Wonders of our Local Parks

The Hitchcock Center received a USDA Forest Service Every Kid in a Park grant to get local 4th graders outside and connected to nature through hikes in Skinner State Park this past fall. Local parks in the Pioneer Valley provide a valuable resource for nature exploration, exercise, and recreational activities. However, not all children have the opportunity to visit these beautiful resources, despite how close they are. The grant provided funding for Hitchcock educators to lead 15 two-hour inquiry–based natural history and geology field trips for 375 fourth grade students, fifteen teachers, one principal.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on December 29, 2019.

Amherst Elementary Students Know the Water Cycle

Through the town’s drinking water permits, the Amherst Department of Public Works (DPW) funds Hitchcock Center educators, Helen Ann Sephton and Aemelia Thompson to teach a series of Water Conservation classes in all Amherst and Pelham classrooms grades 2, 4, 5, 6. By engaging youth in water system cycles and uses, these standards-based classes help develop communities that can more effectively use and manage water resources.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on December 20, 2019.

Western Mass Youth Climate Summit Supports Student Led Climate Action Planning

The Western Mass Climate Summit, now in its third year, brought together 12 school teams and 75 students from Massachusetts and Connecticut for a 2-day intensive, empowering students toward action on community solutions at their schools. The event is a partnership between Hitchcock Center and Mass Audubon’s Arcadia Sanctuary and this year for the first time, the Summit’s goals and plan were developed and guided by Sadie Ross a student at Frontier Regional School and Ollie Perault a homeschool student.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on December 19, 2019.

Hitchcock Participates in Geek is Glam Girl Scout STEM Expo

By Katie Koerten On October 12, I was honored to represent the Hitchcock Center in an event that has long intrigued me: the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts “Geek is Glam” STEM Expo. This full day event takes place every fall at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and provides an opportunity for Girl Scouts in […]

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on December 18, 2019.

Heroes for a Healthy Planet Award Honors Northampton High School Students

The Hitchcock Center for the Environment honored Northampton High School students: Adia Bennett, Saraphina Forman, Willa Sippel, and Jordan Winsor with its Heroes for a Healthy Planet Award at its Salamander Sunday Brunch on Sunday, November 17, 2019. The Hitchcock Center’s Heroes for a Healthy Planet Award acknowledges a person, people, family, organization or institution […]

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on December 9, 2019.

A Year of Environmentalism

By Sadie Ross
Frontier Regional School

This year, the Frontier Environmental Club, composed of 8th and 9th graders, decided to take steps creating change in the school. We hope that this will lead to further changes and inspire other schools to follow suit. This year, it all started for us when we attended the Western Mass Youth Climate Summit. This is an educational, 2-day conference that allows students who are passionate about the environment, to create an action plan to carry out through the rest of the school year.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter, Youth Voices for the Environment on November 22, 2019.
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