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June 2020

Virtual Saturday Family Science: Wild With Water

June 6—10:00 am - 10:30 am

For this Saturday Science we’ll be getting our hands wet. This week we’ll be exploring topics around the magnificent powers of water. Our experiments will look at science principles like buoyancy and density, and others will explore water in our world, like the many forms of water and how it moves. Registration opens June 2nd. We’re excited to announce that Saturday Family Science is back!!! Each week in this five part virtual series, we will explore a different topic and…

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Paying to cut and burn forests: is this really what we want for renewable energy?

June 9—7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Biomass energy is growing rapidly worldwide due to its inclusion in renewable energy programs that make it eligible for financial incentives, including in Massachusetts. However, despite being treated as “green” and carbon neutral, burning forest wood for energy actually emits more climate and air pollution per unit energy than most fossil fuels. And harvesting for biomass creates negative impacts on our forests. Join ecosystem scientist Mary Booth, Director of the Partnership for Policy Integrity, to hear about PFPI’s science, activism, and…

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Forests and Brain Health: Emerging Research

June 16—7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The link between forests and brain health is a public policy imperative: we face increasing costs for disorders ranging from Alzheimer’s disease to addiction, and forests offer exercise, mindfulness and stress reduction. We are still discovering new species, and forests are a former and a likely future source of new medicines. Research on cardiovascular, immune and neurological systems is expanding worldwide. In people of all ages a forest can increase kindness, altruism, and generosity by provoking awe - the sense…

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Virtual Saturday Family Science Series: Metamorphosis (ages 5-8)

June 27—10:00 am - 10:40 am

Metamorphosis Saturday, June 27, 10-10:40am We all go through changes in our life, but metamorphosis tops any changes humans can do. Butterflies, frogs, millipedes — all of them experience this incredible process. Learn about the life cycles of our metamorphosing friends at this Saturday Family Science. Learn more about this series. Recommended for ages 5-8 Suggested donation: $5 per child    Maximum group size: 16 children      Registration opens June 23

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Birdwatching for Beginners (ages 6 and up)

June 30—9:30 am - 11:00 am
$12 – $20

What feathered friends are around us? Using binoculars for adults and older kids, and eye focusers for younger ones, we’ll use our senses of sight and hearing to find and identify birds. Katie will teach you the basics of bird identification using field marks and songs. Tuesdays, 9:30am–11:00am on June 30, July 7 Fee per Child: Tier A-$20 per day | Tier B-$16 per day | Tier C-$12 per day Fee per Adult: Tier A-$25 per day | Tier B-$20…

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Hike and Stream Catch (ages 8–12)

June 30—10:00 am - 2:00 pm
$36 – $60

Come join an all-outdoor group experience where we’ll hike, explore the woods, catch creatures in a stream, and play games. From the Hitchcock Center, we will hike to the Hampshire woods. Once there, we will spread out along the banks of a stream, each with our own net and basin, to cool our feet in the water and see what creatures we can find.  We’ll then make our way to a nearby open field for a socially distant lunch and…

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July 2020

Nature Explorer Family Field Trip: Life in a Pond (all ages)

July 1—10:00 am - 12:00 pm
$17 – $28

A pond is much more than frogs and fish! It demonstrates a beautiful web of life from algae and microscopic organisms to insect larvae and amphibians. We will use our limnology lab tools to practice techniques for observing small aquatic creatures and learning about their unique life cycles and adaptations. At the pond, we will collect and observe several varieties of invertebrates that depend on this habitat. Join one of our talented Hitchcock Center educators and choose among many fun-filled…

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Nature Explorer Family Field Trip: Insect Investigations (all ages)

July 1—2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$17 – $28

What makes an animal an insect? What role do insects play in our world and how are they important to people? Students will learn about the science of entomology through a live insect lab, and will collect insects, and their non-insect relatives, in various habitats on our trails. Through these activities, we will learn about the adaptations, life cycles and ecology of one of the most successful groups of animals on earth. Join one of our talented Hitchcock Center educators…

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Game Day Getaway (ages 8–12)

July 2—10:00 am - 12:00 pm
$18 – $30

Games are a great way to embrace summer fun. In this two-hour all outdoors program, children can be a part of a small group and enjoy the company of other kids playing classic camp games in safety. We’ll spend our time playing verbal games maintaining social distance, and physical games, which can be played in parallel with other kids. Physical games will include classics like Charades, animal style relay races, and Motion Telephone. Verbal games will include Werewolf, Mind Meld,…

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Nature Explorer Family Field Trip: Habitat (all ages)

July 2—10:30 am - 12:30 pm
$17 – $28

Every living thing needs a home or a habitat to survive. The Hitchcock Center has a variety of local habitats on site to experience first-hand. Just as each neighborhood has its own needs and inhabitants, each habitat has its own animals, plants, and interactions. Our trip will take us through forest, field and wetland where we will focus on the components of each habitat and the adaptations of the animals and plants that live there. Join one of our talented…

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