Adult Community Programs

Hitchcock’s Climate Action Series

An adult engagement program at the intersection of climate change, sustainability, and environmental justice.  Bringing partners and community members together  to address critical community issues through a fireside chat, practical workshops, and deliberative forums.

The Magic of MOTHS

With Adam Kohl
Friday, July 26, 8 – 9:30 PM

During Moth week come learn about this amazing night time creature.  Did you know that it seems that by tracking moths in a habitat you assess the stability and productivity of your local food web?

Common Ground Screening at Amherst Cinema

Film screening and discussion
in partnership with Amherst Cinema
Monday, August 5, 7 PM

COMMON GROUND is the highly anticipated sequel to the juggernaut success

documentary, KISS THE GROUND, which touched over 1 billion people globally and inspired the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to put $20 billion toward soil health. By fusing journalistic expose’ with deeply personal stories from those on the front lines of the food movement, COMMON GROUND unveils a dark web of money, power, and politics behind our broken food system.

The film reveals how unjust practices forged our current farm system in which farmers of all colors are literally dying to feed us. The film profiles a hopeful and uplifting movement of farmers who are using alternative “regenerative” models of agriculture that could balance the climate, save our health, and stabilize America’s economy—before it’s too late.

Featuring Laura Dern, Roasario Dawson, Jason Momoa, Donald Glover, and Woody Harrelson.

Garden Parties with Herbal infusion Demos

Wednesday, August 7, 5 PM
Thursday, September 19, 5 PM
In the Hitchcock Center Gardens 

Join us for a garden party in the Hitchcock Center gardens. Enjoy a demonstration on how to make a variety of infusions with seasonal herbs and flowers and learn more about the work of the Hitchcock Center with Executive Director Billy Spitzer. Light refreshments from the garden will be served. Please RSVP to or

Mushroom Hunters Field Walk

Saturday, August 31, 10 AM -12 PM 

Join us for a Mushroom hunting field walk, learn basic mushroom identification and ecology. 

Evening Forest Bathing

with Todd Lynch
Sliding scale fee: $10, $20, or $30
Limited to 12 participants

Connecting with nature has the benefits of reducing anxiety, easing stress and rekindling a sense of wonder. In this meditative experience, modeled on Forest Bathing, we’ll explore the woods around the Hitchcock Center at the magical hour of a spring evening.  While in this magical setting, we’ll spend time with marvelous plants and practice engaging our senses through guided prompts. Slowing down, listening and exploring the intentional connections thriving in nature help to bring us into closer relationship with our surroundings and with ourselves.

Ethnobotany Walk


Our native plants have so much to teach us, their balanced place in the ecosystem, their co-evolution with pollinators, mycorrhizae and us humans!

Link to register coming soon.

Building Tours for Classes or Groups 

The Hitchcock Center is the 23rd building in the world and the 4th in Massachusetts to achieve the Certified Living Building designation! The building is designed to model systems in nature- it is net zero energy and water, has composting toilets, and has been made with responsibly sourced non-toxic materials. Find out what makes our building a special teaching tool empowering visitors to ask, “what does sustainability look like in the built environment and in my community?” Using Zoom, we’ll explore the systems and features of the building. Bring your questions so we can learn together. Tours typically last from 1-1.5 hours and have a sliding scale fee of $100-$200.  Please email to schedule a tour.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation policy for Hitchcock’s seasonal programs: You may cancel your registration for any of our programs up to a week prior to the program’s start date to receive a refund minus a 10% administrative fee.  If you cancel within 7 days or less of the program’s start date, we cannot offer a refund unless we are able to fill your spot in the program.


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