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May 2018

Nature Photography: Rock, Flower, Water at Mt. Toby CANCELLED

May 20—9:00 am - 11:30 am
$20 - $65

Join naturalist and photographer John Green to explore one or all three of these themes of nature photography. Bring tripods and extra lenses if you have them, but they are not necessary. with John Green, naturalist and photographer ROCK: Sunday, April 29, 9-11:30am at Sunderland Falls FLOWER & TREE: Sunday, May 20, 9-11:30am at Holyoke Range WATER: Sunday, June 10, 9-11:30am at Mt. Toby Single Class: Members $20/Non-members $25 3 Class Series: Members $50/Non-members $65 Registration required

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Season of Dreams: A Book Launch Reading and Slide Show

May 20—4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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FREE

This new collection, Season of Dreams: Two Weeks Alone in the Peaked Hill Dunes, from poet Jonathan A. Wright combines poetry with four folios of striking photographs from a two-week solo residency in a shack on the dunes of Outer Cape Cod. The program will also feature a short video and improvisational music by Dr. Robert Jonas playing the shakohachi. Book sale proceeds will benefit the Hitchcock Center's Nature Play and Learning Spaces trails and outdoor recreation plan. Refreshments will…

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Homeschool I

May 22—10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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$420 - $450

Feathers to Flight It’s spring! What better time of year is there to discover the birds all around us? At Homeschool I we will explore the wonderful adaptations that makes a bird a bird, and how specialized beaks, feet and feathers make them suited for their habitats. We’ll learn tools for identifying a bird by examining field markings, size, and flight patterns. We will observe birds at our feeders and in different habitats on field trips. We’ll also meet live…

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Homeschool II

May 22—10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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$420 - $450

Rocks and Water: The Shaping of Our Valley Discover the stories in the stones around us!  We live in a geologically unique area, and the landscape provides intriguing clues to the past. At Homeschool II we will find evidence of shifting plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciers, and the power of water. We will hike up mountains, collect rocks, and explore the rivers that have cut through the land. Join the fun as we conduct experiments, create crafts, explore home projects,…

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Nature Play Afterschool

May 23—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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$275 - $300

Spring fever is in the air, and it is time to get the kids outside to let out some of their energy! Have them join Hitchcock’s Nature Play Afterschool Program, which is designed to let kids be kids. Together we will run, jump, climb, invent, imagine, play and be a free-range kids all while developing self-confidence and learning valuable social skills. During Spring Nature Play, we explore vernal pools, notice the first signs of spring, build forts, make up games and…

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Book Club: Braiding Sweetgrass

May 23—7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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FREE

As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices. …

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Morning Nature Walk for Seniors

May 24—9:00 am - 11:00 am
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FREE

Join John Green a lifelong naturalist as he ambles through a habitat looking and listening. This is prime warbler migration so you are bound to see and hear great birds. with John Green, naturalist Thursday, May 24, 9-11am FREE, registration required 

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Girls into the Wild

May 24—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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$270 - $354

Sometimes you just need to run, explore and play! That’s what we do at Girls into the Wild, and lots more. Now in its fourth year, Girls into the Wild is designed to get girls outside, playing and engaging with nature in their own way. Instructor Katie Koerten strives to offer games and activities that each girl can participate in at her own comfort level, from climbing trees, to playing camouflage in the forest, to running and whooping wildly through…

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Nature Discovery Preschool

May 25—9:30 am - 11:30 am
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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$205 - $225

Spineless Wonders - Animals without Backbones Pretend to shrink down real small to explore the spineless wonders of our natural world! This Spring, Colleen will introduce children to the crawling, sliding, hopping, flying world of worms, spiders, snails, pill bugs and insects. All those spineless wonders are animals without backbones. Through live observations, puppets, stories, model making, songs and snacks, children will become more familiar with these creatures. An adult is required to attend with each child. Space is limited. For…

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Nature Discovery Preschool

May 25—1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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$205 - $225

Spineless Wonders - Animals without Backbones Pretend to shrink down real small to explore the spineless wonders of our natural world! This Spring, Colleen will introduce children to the crawling, sliding, hopping, flying world of worms, spiders, snails, pill bugs and insects. All those spineless wonders are animals without backbones. Through live observations, puppets, stories, model making, songs and snacks, children will become more familiar with these creatures. An adult is required to attend with each child. Space is limited. For…

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