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

Fall 2018 community programs will be available by the end of August. Please check back for details, signup for our email list, or follow us on social media for updates!


Nature All Year Study Club 2018

Sundays once per month, 9am-12pm (some class times may vary depending on topics)
April 29: Vernal Pools with Molly Hale
May 13: Neotropical Migrants with Ted Watt
June 17: Fireflies with Ted Watt (in the evening)
July 22: Hawley Bog with Ted Watt
Members: $250/Non-members: $300 for the full course OR $30 per class
Register here
Join us for our fifth year of offering an in-depth natural history course for naturalists and citizen scientists. Each month, in our series of nature explorations with different local naturalists, we explore a focused, seasonal, natural history topic. We’ll look at nature in new ways, from broad habitat perspectives to close details of individual species. Over the course of the year we’ll visit a variety of natural habitats in the greater Pioneer Valley area. Identification skills, ecological connections, adaptations, and life cycles of organisms will be the focus of our observations. Bring your curiosity and observation skills and be prepared to spend time outdoors. Dress for the weather as we rarely cancel due to inclement weather. Bring binoculars and a hand lens, water and snacks if you would like. Carpooling to more distant locations will be encouraged. Note: A change has been made to this program since it was originally published. The program will meet March-December, 2018.

From Fear to Confidence: Preventing Tick-Borne Illness

Monday, June 25
Registration encouraged
Have you found a tick on yourself or your child and felt worried? Are you concerned about tick-borne disease? The Hitchcock Center is delighted to welcome back Dr. Stephen Rich, chief medical zoologist at the UMASS Amherst Laboratory of Medical Zoology. Steve will present his work at the “Tick Lab” and his findings over the 12 years of tick testing that has been done at UMASS. In addition, Ted Watt will present the natural history and life cycles of the ticks that can be found in our area. Our goal is for you to leave more informed, at ease, and prepared for preventing tick-borne illness!

Exploring Lake Warner

with Ted Watt, Hitchcock Center Naturalist together with Morse Hill Canoe Guides
Sunday, September 9, 10am-12pm
$10 Members/$15 Non-members
Registration required. Space is limited.
Sponsored by Friends of Lake Warner.
Kingfishers, painted turtles, great blue herons, bullfrogs, water snakes… we’ll be searching for them! We’ll paddle slowly around the lake, looking for birds and plants and any other nature we can find. Bring binoculars, snacks and water, sun and bug protection. We will provide canoes, paddles, life jackets, and canoe instruction. Not recommended for paddlers younger than grade 4. Canoes and instruction will be supplied by Morse Hill, certified canoe instructors.


The Hitchcock Center is excited to begin a new series on Environmental Justice. During the coming year, speakers will address a wide range of hot conservation and political events that have drastically affected the most vulnerable communities – low-income neighborhoods, Native tribes, communities of color, and others in the path of industrial expansion and governmental policies.



Our Living Building Tour Program

First Fridays at 4pm: September 7, October 5, November 2, December 6
Third Wednesdays at 12pm: August 15, September 19, October 17, December 19 (No tour November 21)
FREE but please register online
Come meet our newest educator – our 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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