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February 2019

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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FREE

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 – Program Filled

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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Ever the Land: A People, A Place, Their Building – A Film Screening

February 13—7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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This film explores the sublime bond between people and their land through a landmark architectural undertaking (a Living Building) by one of New Zealand’s most passionately independent Maori tribes, Ngāi Tūhoe. View the film trailer. Wednesday, February 13, 7pm Registration and donations appreciated.

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Girls into the Wild

February 14—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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Winter Preschool Day: Slip, Slide – Ice and Snow!

February 15—9:30 am - 11:30 am
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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$20 – $25

Celebrate the outdoors in winter with your preschooler and Colleen! Sign up for one, two or all three winter programs. Come prepared for winter outdoor exploration! With Colleen Kelley Ages 3-5 (Adult required to attend with child) Fridays, 9:30-11:30am Members: $20/Non-Members: $25 Sign up for all 3- Members:$55/Non-Members:$70 January 11: Animals Getting Ready for Winter January 25: Signs of Animals February 15: Slip, Slide- Ice and Snow!

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Winter and Early Spring Birding

February 16
$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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Owl Prowl with Dan Ziomek – SOLD OUT

February 16—8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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$12 – $16

Dress INCREDIBLY warm because we'll be standing around in the dark a lot. Bring your sharp ears, a flashlight, and a thermos of something hot to drink. We'll meet at the Hitchcock Center. Youth 8 and older welcome with an adult. Friday, January 25, February 1 and 16, 8-10pm Members $12 per night/Nonmembers $16 per night. Registration required. (Opens January 29)

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