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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.

Climate Action Planning and Implementation at Frontier Regional

By Angelina Egland and Cheryl Moreau
Frontier Regional School

When we were at the Summit in November, 2018, we were excited to participate in the high school idea to reduce the school’s electricity usage at the middle school level. Our high school and middle school are combined. We were the ones to set up the timers for the middle school Chromebooks and we became the liaisons for the middle school teachers and their implementation so the eco-tools would be used correctly. 

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

Small Wonders: Using Science and Nature to Grow Young Minds Program Empowers Early Childhood Educators

Hitchcock Center’s Small Wonders: Using Science and Nature to Grow Young Minds project engaged over 200 early childhood educators during the 2018-19 school year, to increase the integration of science and nature into early childhood programs and schools throughout the Pioneer Valley.

Published in Blog, Educator Resources, eNewsletter on October 7, 2019.

Hitchcock Center Teaches in Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Mount Holyoke College

By Jessica Schultz

The Hitchcock Center has partnered with Mount Holyoke College to provide core science curriculum training for Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) pre-service teachers. The program, taught by Education Director Colleen Kelley, has run for 5 weeks at the Hitchcock Center this fall.

Published in Blog, Educator Resources, eNewsletter on October 7, 2019.

Elizabeth Farnsworth Native Fern Garden Dedicated

The Elizabeth Farnsworth Native Fern Garden and Fern Cobble were unveiled and dedicated at the Hitchcock Center on August 8, 2019 by a cohort of Elizabeth’s long-time friends and colleagues. The garden and cobble nearly 30 of the 58 native ferns species in New England, tucked along the shady northern edge of the Center’s pathway to the Den Play area and trails beyond.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on October 7, 2019.

Build Better Podcast Features Hitchcock Center

Hitchcock Center’s Living Building Coordinator Jessica Schultz and architect Sam Batchelor of designLAB architects were featured on the Build Better podcast. In this segment, Jessica and Sam talk about what it means to build a Living Building, how the building can be design to be a teaching tool, and how we use the building to promote environmental and social change.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter, Living Building Project on October 7, 2019.

Leadership Training Campers Develop Long-Term Skills

By Katie Koerten and Peter Lamdin

The Hitchcock Center’s Leadership Training Camp (LTC) just had its sixth summer. Created in 2014, its mission is to grow leadership skills in an immersive outdoor setting. The result has been six years of campers who are increasingly comfortable taking risks in the outdoors and providing their peers with constructive leadership feedback. One of Hitchcock’s most popular summer camp programs, LTC feels like it gets better each year. Much of its strength and success comes from the campers themselves. 

Published in Blog, eNewsletter, Nature Summer Camp on October 7, 2019.

Bringing ‘living buildings’ to life: Builder Jonathan Wright debuts new book

By Greta Jochem

In 2016, two “living buildings”— self-sufficient buildings that create more energy than they use and that collect their own water — were constructed in Amherst. Hampshire College’s R.W. Kern Center and the Hitchcock Center for the Environment are among the first buildings in the world to achieve the “living building” certification. But part of what makes a building seem full of life is the people behind it — and that’s the focus of a new book by Jonathan Wright, a 1974 Hampshire College graduate and senior adviser of Northampton-based Wright Builders, the contractor who constructed the buildings.

Published in In the News, Living Building Project on October 1, 2019.

Build Better Podcast Episode 11: Sam Batchelor and Jessica Schultz discuss the Hitchcock’s recent recognition of being the 23rd Living Building in the world

In Episode #11 of the Build Better podcast, Anastasia chats with Sam Batchelor of designLAB Architects and Jessica Schultz of the Hitchcock Center for the Environment to discuss the Hitchcock Center’s recent global recognition as the 23rd living building in the world and the 4th in Massachusetts. They detail how the Hitchcock Center achieved the certification and how they are both educating people on the importance of building sustainably.

Published in Blog, In the News, Living Building Project on July 10, 2019.

Welcome 2019 Nature Summer Camp Staff

Hello and welcome to Nature Summer Camp 2019! We are incredibly excited for our third Nature Summer Camp at the new Hitchcock Center. The counselors, Katie and I have been as busy as beavers around here getting ready for the first day of camp next week. We can’t wait to meet all the campers! I […]

Published in Blog, eNewsletter, Nature Summer Camp on June 26, 2019.
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