Visit the Hitchcock Center Campus
Come visit the Colleen Kelley Nature Discovery Play Yard, located on the Hitchcock Center’s campus, at any time with your family, bring your fellow teachers to learn about design and resources, and most importantly have fun here with the kids in your life!
Try at Home or Learn in the Classroom
We hope you will join us to enjoy some of these in-person and online programs and resources.
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.
Get Out! Exploring the Wonders of our Local Parks, Every Kid Outdoors Program funded by the USDA Forest Service and prepared by the Hitchcock Center, 2019
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
- Signs of Spring
- Planting Starts 101
- Dissecting Daffodils (parts of a flower worksheet & key)
- Snake Discovery
Hitchcock’s Animal Care Manager, Patrick O’Roark, is creating videos 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.
- Cob Finishes Fasting
- Terra and Ivy Go Outside
- Cob the Corn Snake’s Spring Fasting
- Weigh Day
- Emi Eats
Hitchcock’s Own Curriculum
The Peg McDaniel Resource Center offers a definitive array of K–12 teaching materials and resources for informal and formal educators seeking to strengthen their content knowledge and teaching methods in S.T.E.M.—Science, Technology, Engineering and Math—fields and the best practices of environmental education.
In addition to hundreds of curriculum units, lesson plans, classroom activities, we self-publish our own curriculum to address the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) including:
- Grade 3 | The Pond Ecosystem Prepared by Hitchcock Center Educator Helen Ann Sephton.
- Grade 4 | Energy is Electrifying! Hitchcock Center Educators Micky McKinley and Patty O’Donnell announced the official release of this newly developed curriculum at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Annual Conference in Boston on April 4, 2014 to an audience of 75 educators from across the country. View or download their presentation.
- Grade 5 | The Hydrosphere, Water, and How We Use It Prepared by Hitchcock Center Educator, Ted Watt.
Call or visit us soon to discover the many ways we can advance your teaching practice.
Our Garden Plot Thickens, Science and Children, by Judith Hebert, Gini Traub, and Edward Watt, March 2015
Birding for Beginners, Green Teacher, by Renee Bachman and Edward Watt, Summer 2014
Why is Getting Outdoors Important? The Healthy Benefits of Connecting Children to Nature