Family Programs

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Second Saturdays at the Hitchcock Center

March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9

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

March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9

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.

Upcoming themes:
April 14: Water Cycle
May 12: Metamorphosis
June 9: Pollinators

Two Hands Hold the Earth: A Family Concert with Sarah Pirtle

April 7, 2018 at 10-11am
All ages welcome
Register here
Join award-winning musician Sarah Pirtle for a fun family concert this spring! A favorite with Hitchcock staff, Sarah’s music connects children with nature using beautiful harmonies, varying instruments and often multiple languages. Bring your family! There will be room for dancing and a chance to see Sarah’s instruments! Space is limited.

Sarah Pirtle brings songs for children that amplify the very principles we teach at the Hitchcock Center. Sarah performs primarily on the guitar, and also mountain dulcimer, and wooden flute. She is a ten-time national award-winning musician as well as a graduate school teacher of music at Lesley University who is a nationally recognized expert on supporting schools with social skills.

Sarah Pirtle, MEd, has provided over a hundred residencies for public schools spanning seven states. She received the Magic Penny Award for lifetime achievement in children’s music, citing the international impact of her songs. As a trainer for Equity Institute and Communities she has helped create undoing racism songs and conversations. The latest of her five books is Better Together: Caring and Including instead of Bullying, K-6th. Sarah stands out for her kindness and receptivity, and for embodying the spirit of inclusive community. She has been involved since 1981 in fostering unlearning racism by leading trainings and in her educational books. She creates a memorable experience of lasting interconnection. Six of her songs were chosen for Pete Seeger’s songbook on ecology songs including “My Roots Go Down,” and “The Mahogany Tree” which have been part of Hitchcock Center Programs. She is beloved in the Valley for her concerts and school programs.

Family StoryWalk Series with Dawn Marvin Ward

Saturdays, 10:30am-11:30am
April 28: Looking for a Moose
May 19: A Fairy Went A-Marketing
June 16: Turtle Splash!
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Looking for a fun Saturday morning activity with your young children? This spring, we are excited to be offering a free StoryWalk series with Dawn Ward! Designed for pre-readers and their families, Dawn’s StoryWalks will include an outdoor family walk and indoor natural history touch-table activities. Join us for one or all! Many thanks to the Amherst Cultural Council for generously funding this series. 

Youth and Family Birding

with Dan Ziomek, Local Birder and WRSI’s Bird Songs Radio Program
For young people ages 8-13 and their families
Saturday, April 28 and/or Saturday, May 12
Individual/Youth: Members $12 Non-members $15 per class; Parent/Child: Members $18/Non-members $22 per class
Space is limited, registration required

Spring migration is the most exciting time of year to get out and see birds! Come learn the new species returning from the south wearing their spring colors. Be the next generation of birders!

Do Doodlebugs Doodle? Author Event and Book Signing

Saturday, May 12, 11am
Free, registration apreciated
Book sales to benefit the Hitchcock Center.

Join Corinne and Artemis as they share their new book with us. Explore the fun and fascinating world of insects through this lively question and answer book. Do dragonflies breathe fire? Do stink bugs take baths? Do bedbugs wear pajamas? These silly questions—the kind kids often ask—are followed by informative answers, sure to make every reader eager to learn more about insects. Kids will delight in this engaging, interactive read-aloud, and educators, parents, and budding naturalists will enjoy the detailed illustrations.

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