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Naturalist and Educator Ted Watt Retires After 35 Years at the Hitchcock Center

Introduction Ted Watt, one of the Hitchcock Center’s much-loved naturalists and educators, has retired after 35 years of education work, leaving a legacy spanning generations of school children, countless teachers, and a community with an increased knowledge of our natural world. His talents and knowledge shaped many programs and partnerships that continue on today. Patti […]

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on April 22, 2021.

STARS School Residencies Support 99 Virtual STEM Sessions for Grades K-6 Despite COVID-19

The Hitchcock Center is bringing enhanced natural science instruction to thirty-three school classrooms in grades K-6 at five elementary schools this spring. The project is supported by $21,400 in combined funding from each school secured through the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s (MCC) Students and Teachers working with Artists, Scientists, and Scholars (STARS) Residency program. The STARS […]

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on April 21, 2021.

Hitchcock Student Photography Published in Ranger Rick

Asher Garretson, now 14, a Hitchcock Center (HCE) camper, had a photo published in the January, 2021 issue of Ranger Rick. We sent him some questions to get a little background because this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Asher’s photography so prominently displayed. Asher says, “I use a Nikon Coolpix B600 for most of my photos; […]

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on April 21, 2021.

Western Mass Youth Climate Summit “Office Hours” Helps Develop Climate Leaders

The Western Mass Youth Climate Summit, held annually each fall for 8-12th graders in the region, has continued to organize monthly meetings through the school year with “Climate Office Hours” designed and facilitated by a youth leadership team of five high school students: Victoria Fogg, Leo Franceschi, Tessa Kawall, Ollie Perault, and Sadie Ross. These […]

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on April 21, 2021.

Hitchcock Center Participated in Professional Exchange with Morocco

In February, the Hitchcock Center hosted an international professional fellows exchange funded through the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, facilitated by U.S. partner Institute for Training and Development (ITD) in Amherst. Focused on Civic Engagement, this Professional Fellows Program (PFP) seeks to enhance leadership and professional skills; build lasting partnerships; […]

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on April 21, 2021.

A Message to Our Community: We want to share a big feeling we’re having right now.

As the anniversary of closing our doors due to the pandemic approaches, we want to share a big feeling we’re having right now: gratitude. For you, our community.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on March 10, 2021.

Hitchcock Center Naturally Adaptable During COVID-19 Pandemic

Hitchcock Center’s outdoor, nature-based programming made us natural leaders as students need outdoor classes and many educators statewide take their first steps into outdoor instruction. Outdoor learning environments have been proven to support the health, curiosity and natural development of children, and we are committed to creating ever more programs that support children’s healthy development this way at a time when indoor instruction poses daunting risks. We’ve taught other teachers, accustomed to classrooms and labs, to make the same shift.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on November 27, 2020.

Fourth Annual Western Mass Youth Climate Summit Goes Virtual and Expands Youth Empowerment

This year’s Summit was the first to be fully youth designed and facilitated by a youth leadership team of five students: Victoria Fogg, Leo Franceschi, Tessa Kawall, Ollie Perault, and Sadie Ross. Four schools actively participated in the virtual event with 32 students, including WEB DuBois Middle School (Berkshire Regional), Suffield High School (CT), Frontier Regional High School, and homeschoolers. Another three schools participated via the recorded event, including The Bement School, Northampton High School, and Quabbin Regional High School.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on November 27, 2020.

Reflections on a Great Gardening Year at The Hitchcock Center

by Bridgit Litchfield, volunteer and master gardener

What a soul-satisfying pleasure it is to share gardening tasks with other volunteers and work-study students from the local colleges. We have fun, laugh and get much accomplished while everyone’s ideas are sought, discussed and respected. Each comes to help with the Hitchcock Center’s mission — to educate and motivate into action citizens of all ages and abilities to become environmentally sound stewards of nature.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on November 27, 2020.

The CARES Act and Charitable Giving in 2020

The CARES Act waives Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) for 2020, but you can still choose to take a Qualified Charitable Distribution from a traditional IRA starting at age 70½ to support a qualifying charity and eliminate taxes on that distribution.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on November 27, 2020.
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