COVID-19 Virtual Hitchcock Center
Children and Family Resources
Saturday Family Science
Saturday Science is back in a five part virtual series! While there will be activities to serve different ages, this series will focus on younger learners from ages 5-8. Space is limited and each session fills quickly.
Take it Outdoors Bingo!
This fun activity is for citizen scientists of all ages. Document your investigations with a drawing or a photograph and submit them for a prize.
Hitchcock’s Animal Care Manager, Patrick O’Roark, is creating a weekly video as he cares for our animal ambassadors, including Emi (our painted turtle), Cob (our corn snake), Terra and Ivy (our box turtles), Spotty (our spotted salamander), and five different kinds of invertebrates. Check our YouTube channel or Follow us on Facebook.
- Snake Discovery, Aemelia Thomspon, May 5, 2020
Virtual School Field Trips
Connect your classroom to Hitchcock Center field trips with nature-based educators, Helen Ann Sephton and Aemelia Thompson. These live-stream virtual field trips use school-approved Google Meets to offer interactive, inquiry-based learning opportunities for school classrooms grades 2-6.
- Mountains and Valleys, Grades 4 & 6
- Insect Investigations, Grades K-4
- Life in a Pond, Grades K-5
- Amazing Animal Adaptations, Grades K-4
Early Childhood Activities
Colleen Kelley, Director of Education has compiled some wonder-FULL resources she has found online and some that she has been using to teach children for many years. Explore these resources to help strengthen your Early Childhood teaching toolkit.
Our environmental educators are supporting 73 teachers in 10 schools, providing them with outdoor video instruction, classroom activities, and other teaching resources to help students continue their study of science and nature. You can find these by visiting our YouTube channel.
- Tree Identification in Spring, Aemelia Thompson, April 4, 2020
- Signs of Spring, Aemelia Thompson, April 4, 2020
- Planting Starts 101, Aemelia Thompson, April 7, 2020
- Germination, Aemelia Thompson, April 7, 2020
- Dissecting Daffodils, Aemelia Thompson, April 7, 2020
In Bloom Conference
Hitchcock and Antioch University of New England will be co-hosting an online event on Saturday, May 16 for early childhood educators throughout western Massachusetts featuring the screening of Turning School Inside Out, followed by a panel discussion about outdoor teaching at public schools.
- Paying to cut and burn forests: is this really what we want for renewable energy? A Zoom talk on Tuesday, June 9 at 7pm with Mary S. Booth, Ph.D., Founder and Director of the Partnership for Policy Integrity, directs PFPI’s science and advocacy work on greenhouse gases, air pollution, and forest impacts of biomass energy. Learn more…
- Forests and Brain Health: Emerging Research. A Zoom talk on Tuesday, June 16, at 7pm with Susan A. Masino, Ph.D. is the Vernon Roosa Professor of Applied Science at Trinity College and a recent Bullard Fellow in Forest Research at Harvard University. Her research focuses on links among metabolism, brain activity and behavior and she is dedicated to educational, environmental and public policy issues affecting brain health. Learn more…
Sunday Birding with Scott
We will be sharing local birding expert Scott Surner’s listings of bird sightings and challenges, along with photographic highlights, on our blog. Check the blog feed on our website or follow us on Facebook.
- Consider a Bird Bath, May 2, 2020
- Enticing Non-seed Eaters, April 19, 2020
- Start a Yard List, April 12, 2020
Every two weeks, the Hitchcock Center publishes a column, “Earth Matters: Notes on the Nature of the Valley,” in The Daily Hampshire Gazette. Writers include Hitchcock staff and board members, former board members, presenters in our Community Programs series, and friends of the Center. Look for the column at the end of Section C of the weekend Gazette or on our website.
- Will we heed viral lesson from ‘broken’ tulips? Lawrence J. Winship, April 25, 2020
- Earthworms aren’t the soil heroes you imagine John Stinton, April 21, 2020
Take a Hike
We will be sharing our favorite off-the-beaten-path hikes on our blog and Facebook each week. As we look for ways to remain active and seek solace in nature, we hope these posts will bring you pleasure. Check the blog feed on our homepage or follow us on Facebook.