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Another Great Year of Leadership Training Camp

By Katie Koerten

Another summer camp season has come to an end, as well as another season of Leadership Training Camp. This year we had a fabulous group of 13-16 year-olds. All of them had participated in Hitchcock programs before, most of them had attended summer camp itself for years and were ready for the next step.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on August 15, 2018.

Hitchcock Center’s Building for the Future Capital Campaign Continues!

In just over 6 years, we have raised a phenomenal $6,252,488, an average of a little over $1M per year, through the Center’s Building for the Future capital campaign. Our total fundraising goal of $6,777,342 is comprised of two phases – $5,837,342 for Phase One and $940,000 for Phase Two (link). Today we have less than $525,000 left to raise—still a chunk of change but a drop in the bucket compared to what we have already raised.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on August 3, 2018.

Grant Funding Supports New Early Childhood Education Program

The Hitchcock Center recently received a grant award in the amount of $20,000 from the Francis R. Dewing Foundation to start-up a new early childhood education program this fall. The Hitchcock Center’s Small Wonders: Using Science and Nature to Grow Young Minds will increase the integration of high quality science and nature-based education into early childhood programs and schools throughout the Pioneer Valley. A total of 375 early childhood educators, providers and professionals will be assisted along with an estimated 1,500 students and children.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on July 23, 2018.

Honeycomb Packing Topic at Hitchcock

These past two weeks I have been doing an externship/internship at the Hitchcock Center for the environment. An externship is a way for me to build on already known skills. I was placed in a job shadowing “externship” in which I can connect more deeply with one field and develop hard skills that I can use on college applications.

Published in eNewsletter on July 23, 2018.

From Fear to Confidence: Protecting Against Tick-Borne Illnesses

By Ted Watt

On April 9th forty environmental and outdoor educators gathered at the Hitchcock Center for a day-long professional training on ticks and tick-borne diseases. All the participants, in one way or another, take young people and adults and a wide variety of audiences outdoors for learning, for experiences, and for fun! And we seek to increase others’ comfort and safety in the outdoors. So it seemed natural for us to learn as much as we could about these critters so we can educate our audiences about how to stay safe and avoid being bitten.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on July 15, 2018.

Engaging Stakeholders and Funders in Creating a Living Building at Net Positive for Higher Education Symposium

Hitchcock Center Executive Director Julie Johnson presented at the Net Positive for Higher Education Symposium sponsored by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). Her talk on June 26th was entitled Engaging Stakeholders and Funders in Creating a Living Building and shared Hitchcock Center’s process of building constituent support for the Living Building process. For the […]

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on July 15, 2018.

Hitchcock Center Receives Austin Miller Co-op Hero Award

The Hitchcock Center was the recipient of the Austin Miller Co-op Hero Award, presented by River Valley Co-op at the Stawberry Ice Cream Social. The award strives to recognize those people and organizations that nurture and sustain our co-op and our community.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on July 10, 2018.

Nature Summer Camp Staff 2018

Hello and welcome to Nature Summer Camp 2018! 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 am super thrilled about our staff. We are lucky to have three returning counselors, four […]

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on June 27, 2018.

19th Annual Biothon Update

The Hitchcock Center’s Biothon: The Annual Search for Species is a fun team event during peak spring biodiversity, getting us outside to explore and count local species.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on June 25, 2018.

Third Annual Battle of the Botanicals Raises over $34,000

More than 350 people joined the Hitchcock Center on June 7th for our third annual evening of fun, food, and friendly competition in support of environmental education.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on June 22, 2018.
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