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April 2020

Help Install New Drift Fences at the Salamander Tunnels on Henry Street in Amherst

April 5—9:00 am - 12:00 pm
FREE

Bring your muscles and get ready to dig in the dirt! We’ll be digging holes for the new fence stakes and making a trench along the fence-line to bury the bottom of the new fence. It’s going to be tough work but should help a lot to reduce the number of salamanders that have been climbing over the old fences and getting out into the road. Bring work gloves, spades, pry bars, pickaxes, mattocks. Heavy rains will postpone out work…

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Nature Play Afterschool: Spring Session

April 6—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
$230 – $276

Spring fever is coming, and your kids need to be outside! Hitchcock’s Nature Play Afterschool Program 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 will explore wooded trails and fields, play in and near streams, build forts, climb trees, make new discoveries about ourselves and the world around us and use our imaginations.…

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Homeschool I: Raindrop to Reservoir

April 7—10:00 am - 2:00 pm
$450 – $540

For all creatures on Earth, water is life. In this weekly homeschool class, we will explore the wonders of water, from the molecular level to the watershed level and everything in between. We will discover how vital water is in our lives, and the lives of all living creatures, and improve our “aqua-literacy” by learning where our water comes from and where it goes. Every day we’ll explore the outdoors, play games, learn new vocabulary words and further the learning…

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Homeschool II: Digital Ecology

April 7—10:00 am - 2:00 pm
$450 – $540

Join us to become Eco-photographers! We will be using the camera as a tool to study nature and enhance our observation skills. We’ll explore our world by viewing it through different lenses. During this spring’s Homeschool II class we will delve into the environment through outdoor activities, games, observations and investigations, field trips, art and photography projects. We will investigate different habitats and change how we see the world around us and further learning at home with optional home projects.…

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Nature Play Afterschool: Spring Session

April 8—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
$320 – $384

Playing outside in the winter is super awesome! Hitchcock’s Nature Play Afterschool Program is designed to let kids be kids. Together we will run, jump, climb, invent, imagine, play and be free-range kids all while developing self-confidence and learning valuable social skills. During Winter Nature Play we will explore wooded trails and fields, play in the snow, build forts, sled, make snow creations, climb trees, make new discoveries about ourselves and the world around us and use our imaginations. Our…

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Girls into the Wild: Spring Session

April 9—10:00 am - 2:00 pm
$330 – $396

Often you just need to run, explore and play outdoors! That’s what we do at Girls into the Wild, and lots more. Girls into the Wild is designed to get girls outside, playing and engaging with nature in their own way. Instructor Katie Koerten offers 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 fields – all while noticing the…

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Nature Discovery Preschool: Beanstalks to Butterflies

April 10—9:30 am - 11:30 am
$220 – $264

Metamorphosis and how things change in nature is the theme for this popular program. Children will compare their own lives, from newborn to preschooler, with the life cycles of other living things. Through live animal and plant observations, stories, songs, movement, imagery and crafts, children will learn about how and why changes happen. Start your metamorphosis now! An adult must attend with the child to develop a sense of wonder together. With Colleen Kelley Ages 3-5 (Adult required to attend…

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Nature Discovery Preschool: Beanstalks to Butterflies

April 10—1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$220 – $264

Metamorphosis and how things change in nature is the theme for this popular program. Children will compare their own lives, from newborn to preschooler, with the life cycles of other living things. Through live animal and plant observations, stories, songs, movement, imagery and crafts, children will learn about how and why changes happen. Start your metamorphosis now! An adult must attend with the child to develop a sense of wonder together. With Colleen Kelley Ages 3-5 (Adult required to attend…

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Second Saturday Family Science: Our Oceans

April 11—10:00 am - 11:00 am
$10

Join us for seasonal nature and science programs each second Saturday of the month. Designed for children with their parents, these programs will explore cool topics in nature. April 11: Our Oceans It might be a little early to be planning a trip to the beach but come to the Hitchcock Center for a summer sneak preview. For this Saturday Science we’ll dive into the marine life that lives on the Massachusetts coast. Learn how we can protect our oceans…

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Nature Play Afterschool: Spring Session

April 13—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
$230 – $276

Spring fever is coming, and your kids need to be outside! Hitchcock’s Nature Play Afterschool Program 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 will explore wooded trails and fields, play in and near streams, build forts, climb trees, make new discoveries about ourselves and the world around us and use our imaginations.…

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