Help Establish The Colleen Kelley Discovery Yard!

colleens discovery yard

Our beloved Director of Education, Colleen, has been here at the Hitchcock Center for 35 years. She is the heart of our preschool and early childhood education programming, coordinator of our internship collaborations for middle, high school, and college students, and a passionate advocate for STEM education. Her lifelong dedication to educating our whole community, to connecting people with knowing and respecting the life around us, and to building a successful Hitchcock Center and a healthier planet, is a continual inspiration and guiding force to everyone who knows her.

As a way to recognize Colleen’s excellence, we are naming a new outdoor learning space in her honor. The Colleen Kelley Discovery Yard will include natural play structures, log balance beams, a making and tinkering station, a play thicket, a StoryWalk path, and benches and picnic tables for visitors and families to gather. Situated across from the main entrance to our Visitor Center, and adjacent to additional planned teaching gardens and pavilion, The Colleen Kelley Discovery Yard will play a central role in fulfilling the Hitchcock Center’s vision to create a truly world-class environmental education center.

You can make a donation to support the creation of The Colleen Kelley Discovery Yard using the form below (Visa and MasterCard accepted), or, you may mail in your contribution to the Hitchcock Center at 845 West St., Amherst, MA 01002. Thank you!

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