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.

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NATURAL HISTORY PROGRAMS

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ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE SERIES

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VOLUNTEER DAYS

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SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAMS

Paying to cut and burn forests: is this really what we want for renewable energy?

with Mary S. Booth, Ph.D.
Tuesday, June 9, 7pm
Registration available soon.

Biomass energy is growing rapidly worldwide due to its inclusion in renewable energy programs that make it eligible for financial incentives, including in Massachusetts. However, despite being treated as “green” and carbon neutral, burning forest wood for energy actually emits more climate and air pollution per unit energy than most fossil fuels. And harvesting for biomass creates negative impacts on our forests. Join ecosystem scientist Mary Booth, Director of the Partnership for Policy Integrity, to hear about PFPI’s science, activism, and litigation concerning biomass energy in the US and Europe.

Mary S. Booth, Ph.D., Founder and Director of the Partnership for Policy Integrity, directs PFPI’s science and advocacy work on greenhouse gases, air pollution, and forest impacts of biomass energy.

Climate Action Now and Save Massachusetts Forests are organizing this series to educate the public about the critical importance of forests for storing carbon to fight climate change, providing critical habitat for native plants and wildlife, purifying air and water, and offering opportunities for nature-based recreation. Yet, almost all of our forests are currently open to logging and resource extraction. We must take action now to protect our forests, before it is too late! The Hitchcock Center is pleased to co-sponsor this event.

Forests and Brain Health: Emerging Research

with Susan A. Masino, Ph.D.
Tuesday, June 16, 7pm
Registration available soon.

The link between forests and brain health is a public policy imperative: we face increasing costs for disorders ranging from Alzheimer’s disease to addiction, and forests offer exercise, mindfulness and stress reduction. We are still discovering new species, and forests are a former and a likely future source of new medicines. Research on cardiovascular, immune and neurological systems is expanding worldwide. In people of all ages a forest can increase kindness, altruism, and generosity by provoking awe – the sense of wonder you feel in the presence of something beyond your understanding. For these and many other reasons, natural forests should be protected and accessible to citizens across the state.

Susan A. Masino, Ph.D. is the Vernon Roosa Professor of Applied Science at Trinity College and a recent Bullard Fellow in Forest Research at Harvard University. Her research focuses on links among metabolism, brain activity and behavior and she is dedicated to educational, environmental and public policy issues affecting brain health.

Climate Action Now and Save Massachusetts Forests are organizing this series to educate the public about the critical importance of forests for storing carbon to fight climate change, providing critical habitat for native plants and wildlife, purifying air and water, and offering opportunities for nature-based recreation. Yet, almost all of our forests are currently open to logging and resource extraction. We must take action now to protect our forests, before it is too late! The Hitchcock Center is pleased to co-sponsor this event.

Our Living Building Tours – CANCELLED

with Jessica Schultz

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.

Living Building Tours are sponsored by PV Squared and USA Waste & Recycling.

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