Family Programs

A note about registration: Many of our programs fill quickly, so we highly recommend registering on the waiting list. We go to this list first if a space opens up. And by adding your name, you can help us better plan for the programs that are in high demand.

Family Programs Spring 2024

Second Saturday Family Science

with Lauren Dausch
Ages 5–7 or Grades K–1
Saturdays, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Jan. 13, Jan 27, Feb. 10, March 9, April 13, May 11
Suggested Donation: $5 – $30 per family

Join us for seasonal nature and science programs each second Saturday of the month. Designed for children (ages 5–7) with their parents, these programs will explore cool topics in nature. We will be learning while moving, often exploring the woods behind our building.

May 11: Pollinators

Everything around us is beautiful and blooming! Come learn about the animals who make the incredible colors and delicious scents (and, of course, the fruits and vegetables we eat) possible!

Funding from C&S Wholesale Grocers helps makes this program possible

Afternoons with the Animals 

with Monya Relles
Suggested ages 5-7 or Grades  K–1
Special time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Suggested Donation: $5 – $30 per family

Come meet one of the Hitchcock Center’s animal ambassadors. Designed for children (ages 5–7) with their caregivers, these programs will include some time with one of the Hitchcock Center teaching animals and a craft.

May 11 – Meet the Pill bugs

Flora and Faunathon

April 27 – 28 2024
Self guided, all ages
Registration required

Count for a Cause April 27 – 28!

Whether you live in the woods or in the city, nature is all around us! Join us on April 27 – 28 to count for a cause and celebrate Earth Day 2024 by getting outdoors and counting as many plants and animals as you can, share what you find, and raise money to support education for a healthy planet!

Whether you are a lifelong naturalist or simply want to appreciate and count the species in your neighborhood, Flora & Faunathon is for you! Enjoy a beautiful weekend outside exploring nature. From noticing the trees and squirrels in your neighborhood, to finding rare species of birds (this will be nearly the peak for bird migration) or woodland flowers on a local hiking trail (some spring ephemerals will still be out) enjoy getting out and finding nature all around us.

If you like, you can even compete for prizes. Can you find the most bird species? Or raise the most money? Take the coolest picture? Explore your neighborhood, your backyard, nearby hiking trails, or a city park. Go alone or go with friends! It’s the perfect family activity. Get your networks to sponsor your explorations and help support the Hitchcock Center’s work developing hopeful, creative problem solvers who can take on the challenges of climate change.

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