Family Programs

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Second Saturdays at the Hitchcock Center

September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8
The Hitchcock Center is open to families and the community second Saturdays of the month, September thru December from 9am-1pm. Stop by to explore our building, talk with an educator, read a book with your kids or grandkids in our visitor center, and join us for one of our family science programs.

Saturday Family Science Series

September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8
Ideal for ages 3-8
Free, registration appreciated. Groups of 6 or more please call ahead.
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.

September 8: What Do Snakes Do?
What are turtles and snakes doing this time of year? Come visit the Hitchcock reptiles and meet Cob, our new corn snake!

October 13: Colors of Fall
How many colors of leaves can you find? Learn about why the leaves change colors in fall.

November 10: Oh Deer!
One of our most common, yet quiet mammals: come learn about the lives of white-tailed deer.

December 8: Counting Winter Birds with Heidi Stemple, Guest Teacher
Learn about the birds that stay all winter, and the citizen scientists that count them, with local children’s author Heidi Stemple.

Monarch Tagging

Jennifer Unkles, Monarch tagger since 1997
Thursday, September 20, 4-6pm (FREE)
Sunday, September 23rd, 2pm (at our Pollination Celebration Day, fee for event)
Open to all ages
Registration appreciated

Help with this ongoing citizen science project and get up close and personal with Monarch butterflies. It’s a good year for Monarchs! Fun for all ages.

Family StoryWalk with Dawn Marvin Ward

Saturday, 10:30am-11:30am
September 22: A Fairy Went A-Marketing
(Rain date September 23)
Ages 3-6
FREE, Register here
Looking for a fun Saturday morning activity with your young children? We are excited to be offering a free StoryWalk with Dawn Ward! Designed for pre-readers and their families, Dawn’s StoryWalks include an outdoor family walk and indoor natural history touch-table activities. Many thanks to the Amherst Cultural Council for generously funding this program.

Pollination Celebration Day

Sunday, September 23
Members: $4 Children/$7 Adults
Non-members: $5 Children/$8 Adults
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Come and celebrate the pollinators in our world at Hitchcock’s first Pollination Celebration Day! We will have events and activities for the whole family, including honey tasting, a pollinator scavenger hunt, and a monarch migration obstacle course. Make your own wings and march in our pollinator parade! See a demonstration of how to make your own waterproof beeswax container lids! Attend our workshop on how to make your garden more friendly to pollinators! And of course, learn about magnificent monarch butterflies, learn how to tag them, keep track of them and contribute to science. Bring a picnic and stay for the whole thing! This event is rain or shine. Check out the schedule of events.

Storytelling by the Fire

with David Arfa, Storyteller/ Environmental Educator
Saturday, November 3rd, 6pm-7pm
Registration and donations appreciated
Join Maggid and storyteller David Arfa under the stars around a fire for a magical night of storytelling. Sitting around a fire under a night sky with young and old alike listening to an ageless tale is a truly a nourishing and special treat. David believes deeply in the power of storytelling and “became hooked on storytelling when I witnessed the ability of stories to leap directly into the hearts of toddling four year old’s, the coolest of teens and serious adults.” Hot cider and popcorn, and feel free to bring your cozy camp chair and a lap blanket.

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