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April 2018

Native Plants: What’s Good for Nature is also Easier on the Gardener!

April 29—2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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FREE

Learn about the importance and ease of creating native gardens which are long-lasting, lovely and bolster biodiversity by supporting native insects, including pollinators and other wildlife such as nesting or migrating birds and mammals including us. Dan’s discussion will include underutilized native shrubs for rural, suburban and urban gardens and why plants are better than mulch. Historically, native flowers, ground covers, shrubs, trees, ferns and grasses evolved and adapted perfectly to New England’s growing conditions so they don’t need pampering.…

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May 2018

Homeschool Discovery Day

May 1—10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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$42 - $46

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

May 2—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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Girls into the Wild

May 3—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 4—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 4—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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Living Building Tour

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

Come meet our newest educator – our building! It is designed to model systems in nature, it is net zero energy, net zero water, has composting toilets, and has been made with responsibly sourced non-toxic materials, come check it out at one of our bi-monthly tours. Tours typically last from 1-1.5 hours. Spring tour schedule: First Fridays at 4pm: April 6, May 4, June 1 Third Wednesdays at 12pm: March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20 FREE but please register online…

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Bird Migration with John Green

May 5—7:00 am - 10:00 am
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Warbler migration is a May treat not to missed. John has a great ear and will teach you the calls of birds even if you can’t get your binoculars on them. All birding levels welcome. Bring binoculars if you have them. Saturday, May 5, 7-10am $15 members/$20/Non-members Registration required  

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Nature Play and Learning Places Garden Work Day

May 5—12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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The Hitchcock Center is expanding its nature play area. Join this community effort and come help us dig, weed, plant, mulch, haul, etc. Bring tools and gloves if you have them. Saturday, March 31, 12-3pm Sunday, April 22, 12-3pm Saturday, May 5, 12-3pm Sunday, June 3, 12-3pm Registration appreciated

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Exploring Lake Warner

May 6—10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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$10 - $15

Kingfishers, painted turtles, great blue herons, bullfrogs, water snakes… we’ll be searching for them! We’ll paddle slowly around the lake, looking for birds and plants and any other nature we can find. Bring binoculars, snacks and water, sun and bug protection. We will provide canoes, paddles, life jackets, and canoe instruction. Not recommended for paddlers younger than grade 4. Canoes and instruction will be supplied by Morse Hill, certified canoe instructors. with Ted Watt, Hitchcock Center Naturalist together with Morse…

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