Additional Programs

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Please note: Membership renewal is no longer a part of program registration. Please renew your membership here.

Did you know that your EBT card can be used to access membership and programs at the Hitchcock Center?
Learn more about the EBT Card to Culture Program.

Non-refundable within a week of the program, all refunds incur a 10% administrative fee. 

November Curriculum Day
with Aemelia Thompson, Hitchcock Educator
Ages 6-9, Grades 1-3*
Tuesday, November 6, 8:30am-3:00pm
Member $60/Non-Member $70
Come play outside on this day off for Amherst elementary schoolers! Bring a snack, lunch and water bottle and come prepared to play outside, no matter what the weather! Limited to 10 participants. *Depending on enrollment, your Kindergartner or 4th grader may be able to join.

Barefoot and Balanced Lectures

Angela Hanscom will present a lecture on her recent book, Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children. Today’s kids have adopted sedentary lifestyles filled with television, video games, and computer screens. But more and more, studies show that children need “rough and tumble” outdoor play in order to develop their sensory, motor, and executive functions. Disturbingly, a lack of movement has been shown to lead to a number of health and cognitive difficulties, such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), emotion regulation and sensory processing issues, and aggressiveness at school recess break. So, how can you ensure your child is fully engaging their body, mind, and all of their senses?

Using the same philosophy that lies at the heart of her popular TimberNook program—that nature is the ultimate sensory experience, and that psychological and physical health improves for children when they spend time outside on a regular basis—author Angela Hanscom offers several strategies to help your child thrive, even if you live in an urban environment. Today it is rare to find children rolling down hills, climbing trees, or spinning in circles just for fun. We’ve taken away merry-go-rounds, shortened the length of swings, and done away with teeter-totters to keep children safe. Children have fewer opportunities for unstructured outdoor play than ever before, and recess times at school are shrinking due to demanding educational environments. With this lecture, you’ll discover little things you can do anytime, anywhere to help your kids achieve the movement they need to be happy and healthy in mind, body, and spirit.

  • Barefoot and Balanced Lecture: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident and Capable Children. This lecture will be offered twice, once during the day and once in the evening. Both lectures will be held at Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street, Amherst, MA.
    • Thursday, January 17, 6pm (snow date, Thursday March 14 at 6pm)
    • Friday, January 18, 1:30pm (snow date, Friday, March 15, 1:30pm)
  • Please register here for the Barefoot and Balanced lecture.
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