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February 2019

Living Building Tour

February 1—4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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FREE

Public Building Tours Did you know the Hitchcock Center is a Living Building? It is designed to model systems in nature, it's net zero energy and water, has composting toilets, and has been made with responsibly sourced non-toxic materials. Bring your questions and come find out what good can look like in the built environment at one of our bi-monthly tours. Tours typically last from 1-1.5 hours. First Fridays at 4pm: December 7, January 4, February 1, March 1, April…

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Nature Play Afterschool

February 4—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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$205 – $255

Just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean your kids need to stay inside to play. 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 Winter Nature Play, we make snow forts, sled, find animal tracks, play games in the dark and use our imagination as we explore the wooded…

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Homeschool Discovery Day: EcoQuest

February 5—10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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$45 – $55

Do you love science and nature? Do you want to see what the Hitchcock Homeschool program is all about? Sign up for our Discovery Days, our one-time programs about science and nature. In a mixed-age setting, we explore cool topics at the Hitchcock Center, meet science experts, and sometimes go on field trips. Our Discovery Day programs are appropriate for everyone from first time to veteran homeschoolers, and we welcome almost-6 year olds who are interested in joining our class…

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Nature Play Afterschool

February 6—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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$250 – $300

Just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean your kids need to stay inside to play. 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 Winter Nature Play, we make snow forts, sled, find animal tracks, play games in the dark and use our imagination as we explore the wooded…

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Girls into the Wild

February 7—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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$300 – $330

Sometimes you just need to run, explore and play! 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 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 fields. Even in winter we’ll…

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Saturday Family Science Series: Tracks, Traces, and Trails!

February 9—10:00 am - 11:00 am
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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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. February 9: Tracks, Traces, and Trails! Even in the quiet of winter the forest is still full of life. We know this because the animals leave us clues! What tales can animals tell us by looking at what they leave behind? Second Saturdays, 10-11am Free Registration appreciated. Groups of 6 or more…

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Nature Study Club: Mammal Tracking

February 10—9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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$265 – $315

Join us for our sixth year of offering an in-depth natural history course for naturalists and citizen scientists. Each month, in our series of nature explorations with different local naturalists, we explore a focused, seasonal, natural history topic. We’ll look at nature in new ways, varying from broad habitat-wide perspectives to the finer details of individual species. Over the course of the year we’ll visit a variety of natural habitats in the greater Pioneer Valley area. Identification skills, ecological connections,…

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Nature Play Afterschool

February 11—8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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$205 – $255

Just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean your kids need to stay inside to play. 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 Winter Nature Play, we make snow forts, sled, find animal tracks, play games in the dark and use our imagination as we explore the wooded…

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Nature Play Afterschool

February 13—3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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$250 – $300

Just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean your kids need to stay inside to play. 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 Winter Nature Play, we make snow forts, sled, find animal tracks, play games in the dark and use our imagination as we explore the wooded…

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Winter and Early Spring Birding

February 13—6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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$275 – $325

Join Scott Surner for the 2019 winter and early spring birding class. This year because of Scott’s schedule we have him from January through mid- April. This will give participants an opportunity to explore the winter birdlife here in the valley as well as along the north shore of Massachusetts. As March approaches we’ll start to observe the beginning of the waterfowl migration into western Mass and still have an opportunity to track down some of the winter specialties still…

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