Make a Gift and Become a Member

Since closing the doors to the Hitchcock Center in March due to the pandemic, we have adapted our programming to offer safe in-person and virtual environmental and outdoor learning programs. Our award-winning programs, which foster environmental stewardship and understanding, also improve social, academic, physical and psychological health, especially in young children. 

Today, we are uniquely positioned to assist our community during these challenging times. You can help

The Hitchcock Center continues to experience a dramatic reduction in revenue as a result of the COVID-19 virus. We have had to limit the class size of our in-person programs and cancel essential fundraising events. Despite this, we are working hard to pivot our programs to meet the critical educational and social-emotional needs of our community through: new outdoor programming, one of the safest learning environments during this pandemic; engaging, fun and interactive pre-K–6 virtual programs to improve learning outcomes for students; and professional development programs to strengthen teacher practice in using the outdoors for nature-based STEM education. 

And while we are experiencing financial difficulty, we know many others are as well. We have launched a new sliding-scale fee structure that provides discounts of 25%–50% of the actual program cost, in order to be responsive to households who are economically stressed and low-income. 

Please help us raise $175,000 by December 31, 2020 so we can continue to adapt and rebuild our programs during these challenging times.

By making a donation to become a member, you provide critical support for the Hitchcock Center’s mission to educate and to inspire action for a healthy planet. Thank you!

Become a Monthly Sustainer

Our Monthly Sustainers provide convenient, steady support that we can count on in planning our programming offerings. When you become a Monthly Sustainer, your membership will continue to renew automatically, ensuring you are always an active member of the Hitchcock Center!

You can make your Monthly Sustainer gift directly and easily from your bank account each month, avoiding fees and changing credit card information.

To set up your gift via ACH, please email or call Rebecca Neimark, Development Director: 413-256-6006.

One-Time Contributions, Gift Memberships, Honorary and Memorial Giving

Gifts of all sizes are a critical part of our success. Celebrate a special birthday, milestone, friend, or family member by making a gift in their honor, or sending them a gift membership!

Other Ways to Give

To give by check: Please mail checks to Rebecca Neimark, Development Director, Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002.

To give directly from your bank account (ACH): Please email or call Rebecca Neimark, Development Director: 413-256-6006 x122.

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Membership and Gift Membership Options

Complimentary Membership

The Hitchcock Center is pleased to be participating in the Card to Culture Program, serving EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare cardholders.

To activate your benefits, please email Rebecca Neimark with your full name, mailing address, contact phone number, email, and the type of program you are enrolled in (EBT, WIC, and/or ConnectorCare) to begin your membership today!

Complimentary Family Membership benefits include:

  • Discounted member rates on all programs
  • Additional 20% off single-session Adult Community Programs (Does not include multi-session courses. To receive your discount code for online registration, please email Shelly)
  • Early discounted registration for Nature Summer Camp (For information about scholarships and financial aid, please email Jeff)
  • Borrowing privileges from our Visitor Center library
  • Enjoy books, field guides, games, family discovery packs, and more
Individual Member: $45

Benefits cover one adult.  Great for seniors, students and teachers!

Individual Membership benefits include:

  • Discounted member rates on Adult Community Programs
  • Borrowing privileges from our Visitor Center library; enjoy books, field guides, games, family discovery packs, and more
Family Member: $60

Great for your whole household! A Family Membership is required to receive Children & Family Programs discounts or early registration.

Family Membership benefits include:

  • Discounted member rates on all programs
  • Early discounted registration for Nature Summer Camp
  • Borrowing privileges from our Visitor Center library; enjoy books, field guides, games, family discovery packs, and more
Supporting Member: $120 [$10/month, Monthly Sustainer]

Take the next step in providing our whole community with science and nature education.

Supporting Membership benefits include:

  • Discounted member rates on all programs
  • Early discounted registration for Nature Summer Camp
  • Borrowing privileges from our Visitor Center library; enjoy books, field guides, games, family discovery packs, and more
Contributing Member: $250 [$21/month, Monthly Sustainer]

Help strengthen inspirational environmental learning for all ages, all year-round.

Contributing Membership benefits include:

  • Discounted member rates on all programs
  • Early discounted registration for Nature Summer Camp
  • Borrowing privileges from our Visitor Center library; enjoy books, field guides, games, family discovery packs, and more
Sponsoring Member: $500 [$42/month, Monthly Sustainer]

Build a more sustainable future through the power of education, connecting people with programming that educates, motivates, and inspires action for a healthy planet

Sponsoring Membership benefits include:

  • Discounted member rates on all programs
  • Early discounted registration for Nature Summer Camp
  • Borrowing privileges from our Visitor Center library of books, field guides, games, family discovery packs, and more
Leadership Circle: Patron: $1,000, Leader: $2,500, Advocate: $5,000, Benefactor: $10,000

Join our visionary group of donors who provide the foundation for broadening the reach of our educational excellence to a wider audience.

Leadership Circle Membership benefits include:

  • Discounted member rates on all programs
  • Early discounted registration for Nature Summer Camp
  • Borrowing privileges from our Visitor Center library; enjoy books, field guides, games, family discovery packs, and more
  • A complimentary Family Membership to gift to a friend. To activate this benefit, please email Rebecca
  • Invitations to special member events
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