Adult Community Programs

The Hitchcock Center offers a wide range of adult education programs aimed at fostering greater environmental awareness, literacy and action. These programs are offered through our highly skilled education staff as well as through a strong network of scientists, naturalists, environmentalists, educators, advocates and organizations who partner with the Hitchcock Center.

Community programs are listed on this page by program category. Click the category to get there faster: environmental justice seriesnatural history, sustainability, volunteer days. To view programs chronologically, please visit our calendar.

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


Owl Prowls

with Dan Ziomek
Friday, January 17, 7:30 – 10pm
Saturday, February 1, 7:30 – 10pm
Friday, February 7, 7:30 – 10pm
Members $12/Non-members $16 per night, youth 8 and older welcome with an adult.

Register here

Dress INCREDIBLY warm because we’ll be standing around in the dark a lot. Bring your sharp ears, a flashlight, and a thermos of something hot to drink. We will meet at the Hitchcock Center at 7:30 and then carpool to the site. Weather makeup day will be Saturday February 8th if needed.

Spring Birding Class – Only 3 spots remaining!

with Scott Surner
Evening classes at Hitchcock: Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm, February 12, April 1, April 15, June 10
Fieldtrips: see schedule below
$315 for members/$380 Non-members
Registration opens online HERE January 15 at 9am. Follow the link to set-up a registration reminder!

Join this Hitchcock tradition! Scott has been leading classes since 1979. Space is limited and in high demand.

Fieldtrip Schedule — All trips leave from Hitchcock Center

February 15-16: Plum Island to Cape Ann Weekend

Depart 5am and return Sunday afternoon:
Plum Island to Cape Ann: Participants will need to reserve a motel room if they’re going for both days. Wintering waterfowl, Alcids, Snowy Owl, Purple Sandpipers etc. More info to come.

February 22, 7am-12pm

Local. Horned Larks, Snow Buntings, American Tree Sparrows, early waterfowl and wintering raptors.

March 21, 7am-12pm

Local waterfowl: Hadley, Hatfield and perhaps Turner’s Falls.

March 28, 7am-12pm

Local, waterfowl: Hadley, Hatfield

April 11, 7am-12pm

Local, early migrants: Eastern Phoebes, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Blackbirds, Pine & Palm Warblers and probably more waterfowl.

April 18, 7am-12pm

Local migrants: Vireo’s, Warblers, Sparrows and more.

May 2, 5am: all day

Plum Island: waterfowl, herons, shorebirds, raptors, warblers, etc. Bring lunch.

May 23, 6am-12pm

Local: migration at its peak.

May 30, 6am-12pm

Local: Mt. Holyoke for local breeders.

June 12-14: Connecticut Lakes Weekend, Pittsburg, NH

Depart early Friday morning from Hitchcock Center and return late afternoon on Sunday. Boreal Birds (Canada Jays, Black-backed woodpecker, Boreal Chickadee and Spruce Grouse), breeding warblers, sparrows, swallows, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and always a surprise or two. More info after signing up.


Please check back for environmental justice programs.


Please check back for more volunteer days.


Living Building Makers in Conversation

Thursday, January 30, 6:30-8pm
Free, donation encouraged
Register here

“Once we know something, we can’t un-know it.”

Living Buildings are different. They ask us to consider our impact in everything we do, from our energy use to site selection. A key consideration is building materials: what’s in them? Where do they come from? What is their impact on the environment? Are they healthy for people to be around?

Join us for a conversation about how these material values change the way we build, from product selection to workflow. Jonathan Wright, Principal, Founder and Senior Advisor at Wright Builders, Jessica Schultz, Communication and Living Building Coordinator for Hitchcock Center and Sara Draper, Director of Educational Programs and Outreach for R.W. Kern Center will reflect on the Living Building process. How do our experiences on these projects change our workflow and our lives?

Jonathan will also share excerpts from his newest book, “Living Building Makers: Creating Sustainable Buildings that Renew our World;” copies will be available for sale.

Our Living Building Tour Program

with Jessica Schultz
First Fridays at 4pm: January 3, February 7, March 6
Third Wednesdays at 12pm: December 18, January 15, February 19, March 18
FREE but please register online

Come meet our newest educator – our Certified Living Building! It is designed to model systems in nature, it is net zero energy, net zero water, has composting toilets, and has been made with responsibly sourced non-toxic materials, come check it out at one of our bi-monthly tours. Tours typically last from 1-1.5 hours. Note: We are pleased to be able to offer Spanish language translators for our building tours. If you or someone you know could benefit from translation, please let us know in advance, so that we may schedule a translator for your tour date.

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