Business Partnership

You can demonstrate your commitment to your clients and community by partnering with the Hitchcock Center!

Join us in our mission to educate and to inspire action for a healthy planet by sponsoring our educational programs or special events.

Gifts of all sizes provide a network of support to help the Hitchcock Center deliver early-childhood and life-long learning experiences that engage our whole community in connecting with the outdoors.

Thanks to our Business Partners, we are able to offer more low-cost and free programs, helping to give people the tools, knowledge, and support to develop a sustainability mindset, and a more ecologically just and sustainable world.

Program Sponsorships

Pollinator Celebration Day – Saturday, September 14

Our second annual celebration of the pollinators in our world! Events and activities for the whole family from 10am–2pm include: pollinator scavenger hunt, monarch migration obstacle course, Magic Wings butterflies, monarch tagging citizen science activity, craft project, pollinator parade, gardening guidance and Crooked Stick Pops! Rain or shine. Bring a picnic and stay for the day!

$500 Full Event Sponsorship includes logo recognition on all advertising materials:

  • Printed full-color promotional flyer
  • Program announcement emails (4,200 subscribers), with click-through to your website
  • Event listing on Hitchcock Center event page, with click-through to your website
  • Online registration page listing, with click-through to your website
  • Tagged on social media and mentioned in Facebook event
  • Signage at check-in table on day of event

$250 Station Sponsorship includes logo recognition at an activity area of your choice:

  • Arts & Crafts (headbands & butterfly sticks-making stations)
  • Face painting (tabletop signage)
  • Monarch Tagging (tabletop signage)
  • Obstacle Course (on signage marking start of the course)
  • Pollinator Matching Activity & Story Time (tabletop signage)
  • Pollinator Parade (on signage at start of parade gathering)
  • Scavenger Hunt (on participants’ cards)
Youth Climate Summit – Friday, November 15 & Friday, December 13

Help bring 10 high schools together to change our planet! Our third annual educational conference for high school youth is a participant-driven two-day opportunity for cooperative learning, dialogue and action on climate change.

Participants learn from inspirational speakers, attending workshops, tours, and interactive sessions designed to provide a balance of factual information, tools for confidence building, and project stories for inspiration and hope. As a culminating project, student teams develop a Climate Action Plan for their high school, to be implemented in the coming year with support from Summit leaders.

$1,500 Apex Sponsorship includes logo recognition on all advertising materials:

  • Hitchcock Center website
  • Youth Climate Summit website (2019 updates coming soon)
  • Tagged in social media posts
  • Mentioned in Salamander Scoop and blog posts

$1,000 Supporting Sponsorship includes logo recognition on:

  • Hitchcock Center website
  • Youth Climate Summit website (2019 updates coming soon)
  • Tagged in social media posts

$500 Climate Collaborator Sponsorship includes logo recognition on:

  • Hitchcock Center website
  • Youth Climate Summit website (2019 updates coming soon)
Saturday Family Science – monthly, October to June

Designed for children to explore cool topics in science and nature with their families! During an hour-long guided activity (10–11am), participants engage in a seasonally themed inquiry-based learning experience. Our Visitor Center is open from 9am–1pm with our live animal exhibits, bird watching station, children’s library, puzzles, puppets, and games, as well as our outdoor nature play areas and trails!

$1,500 Series Sponsorship includes logo recognition for every Saturday Science program from October to June ($750 discount):

  • Printed postcards (mailed to 2,100 households)
  • Program announcement emails (sent to 4,200 subscribers), with click-through to your website
  • Event listing on Hitchcock Center site, with click-through to your website
  • Online registration page, with click-through to your website
  • Printed posters displaying Hitchcock’s weekly calendar of events
  • Signage at Hitchcock Center during Saturday Science Days

$250 Single Saturday Sponsorship includes logo recognition for one Saturday Science Day of your choice:

  • October 12: Going Batty
  • November 9: Tons of Seeds
  • December 14: Nocturnal Life
  • January 11: Digging for Dinosaurs
  • February 8: The Great Grey Squirrel
  • March 14: Backbones Not Required
  • April 11: Our Oceans
  • May 9: Things with Wings
  • June 13: Life in the Pond
Building Tours – monthly, year-round

Twice each month, on first Fridays at noon and third Wednesdays at 4, we offer free in-depth tours of our world-renowned Living Building to the public!

Our trained docents take visitors through an hour-long exploration of our new home, recently recognized as the 23rd building in the world to be fully certified under the Living Building Challenge.

Help us to share the innovative design strategies and materials used, and demonstrate our “building as educator” model of learning to thousands of building industry professionals, businesses, organizations, schools, students, and municipalities by joining us as a Building Tour Sponsor!

$3,000 Full Year Sponsorship includes logo recognition on:

  • Building Tours page, with click-through to your website
  • Online registration page
  • Mentioned on social media events and posts
  • Printed postcards (mailed to 2,100 households)
  • Program announcement emails (sent to 4,200 subscribers), with click-through to your website
  • Printed posters displaying Hitchcock’s weekly calendar of events
  • Plus, receive verbal recognition from the tour leader at the start of each tour!

$1,500 Half-Year Sponsorship includes logo recognition on:

  • Building Tours page, with click-through to your website
  • Online registration page
  • Mentioned on social media events and posts
  • Printed postcards (mailed to 2,100 households)
  • Program announcement emails (sent to 4,200 subscribers), with click-through to your website
  • Printed posters displaying Hitchcock’s weekly calendar of events
  • Plus, receive verbal recognition from the tour leader at the start of each tour!

Special Event Sponsorships

Salamander Sunday Brunch – Sunday, November 17, 2019

Our annual outreach event and fundraiser introduces over 150 new people from throughout the Valley to the Hitchcock Center’s innovative work in environmental education.

Table hosts invite friends and colleagues to attend as their guests to enjoy great food and company, hear from our program participants and educators, and be invited to give a meaningful gift at whatever level is comfortable.

Your underwriting support ensures that 100% of attendees’ donations go directly to support our year-round educational programming for a healthy planet.

$2,500 Leader Sponsorship includes recognition on:

  • Event invitation mailed to over 200 guests
  • Signage at event
  • Printed event program
  • Verbal thank you from podium

$1,500 Protector Sponsorship includes recognition on:

  • Event invitation mailed to over 200 guests
  • Signage at event
  • Printed event program
  • Verbal thank you from podium

$1,000 Patron Sponsorship includes recognition on:

  • Event invitation mailed to over 200 guests
  • Signage at event
  • Printed event program
  • Verbal thank you from podium

$500 Sponsor level includes recognition on:

  • Event invitation mailed to over 200 guests
  • Signage at event
  • Printed event program
Flora & Fauna Fest – Spring 2020

Join the count! This “species spy” nature discovery challenge engages all ages in community science, racing to document the biodiversity in our region, while raising funds for environmental education.

Participants can register as individuals or as family teams (try it as a unique team-building activity for your employees!) to support the Hitchcock Center’s year-round environmental education programs.  Participants can help to raise even more by asking friends and colleagues to make a gift to sponsor their quest to spot species.

Teams can choose their adventure: pick a favorite site in the Valley and spot species on your own schedule, or join the trail loop contest and scavenger hunt on the trails in the Hitchcock Center’s back yard. All participants are invited to Flora & Fauna Fest for challenges, activities, snacks, and prizes!

Participants can also use the iNaturalist app to assist in the identification process, and share finding on this global research database.

$2,000 Fest Friend sponsorship includes recognition on:

  • Program announcement emails (sent to 4,200 subscribers), with click-through to your website
  • Hitchcock Center website
  • Online registration page
  • Printed promotional flyers
  • Signage at event registration table

$1,500 Trailblazer sponsorship includes recognition on:

  • Program announcement emails (sent to 4,200 subscribers), with click-through to your website
  • Hitchcock Center website
  • Online registration page
  • Printed promotional flyers
  • Signage on trail loop handouts and scavenger hunt checklists

$1,000 Picnic Partner sponsorship includes recognition on:

  • Program announcement emails (sent to 4,200 subscribers), with click-through to your website
  • Hitchcock Center website
  • Signage at refreshments station for participants and families

$500 Seed Planter sponsorship includes recognition on:

  • Program announcement emails (sent to 4,200 subscribers), with click-through to your website
  • Hitchcock Center website
  • Signage at craft station for participants and families
Battle of the Botanicals – Friday, June 12, 2020

The Pioneer Valley’s top mixologists and chefs present botanically inspired culinary and cocktail creations to a crowd of 350 guests, culminating in a friendly mystery box competition amongst the top three voted teams – now in our fifth year!

Guests sample all of the restaurant stations, casting their votes for Best Bite and Favorite Cocktail, as they lounge on the outdoor tented patio, bid on robust raffle packages, listen to tunes from DJ Just Joan, and enjoy authentic Mexican street food from Santo Taco. The evening culminates in a head-to-head cocktail mix-off challenge, hosted by MC Joan Holliday from The River 93.9 and the entertaining antics of our competition judges.  This vibrant event is all for the benefit of environmental education!

$5,000 Battle Benefactor sponsorship includes recognition on:

  • Radio promotional spots run on WRSI
  • Program announcement emails (sent to 4,200 subscribers), with click-through to your website
  • Hitchcock Center website
  • Online ticket ordering page
  • Printed promotional rack cards distributed at restaurants and stores
  • Tagged in social media posts
  • Your banner displayed at the event check-in
  • Full-page color ad in printed event program (also posted online after the event for a full year)
  • Verbal recognition from the MC on stage at the event
  • 5 complimentary VIP tickets for your staff or clients

VIP package: Beat the line and get early access to the event! Enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour with this year’s teams starting at 5:15; hear about their techniques and approach to the competition, learn about the botanical features they selected, sample their creations early, and receive a complimentary beer or wine. Plus, view the competition during the event from the exclusive VIP viewing section, above the bustle of the crowd, on the entry-level mezzanine directly facing the stage. VIP package limited to 50 people.

$3,000 Presenting Sponsorship includes recognition on:

  • Program announcement emails (sent to 4,200 subscribers), with click-through to your website
  • Hitchcock Center website
  • Online ticket ordering page
  • Printed promotional rack cards distributed at restaurants and stores
  • Tagged in social media posts
  • Your banner displayed at the event check-in
  • Full-page color ad in printed event program (also posted online after the event for a full year)
  • 4 complimentary tickets for your staff or clients

$1,500 Center Stage sponsorship includes recognition on:

  • Your banner displayed on the mix-off competition stage
  • Full-page black & white ad in printed event program (also posted online after the event for a full year) – upgrade to color for $100
  • 3 complimentary tickets for your staff or clients
  • Tagged in social media posts

$1,500 Outdoor Patio sponsorship includes recognition on:

  • Your banner displayed at the cash bar
  • Tabletop signage on cocktail tables
  • Full-page black & white ad in printed event program (also posted online after the event for a full year) – upgrade to color for $100
  • 3 complimentary tickets for your staff or clients
  • Tagged in social media posts

$1,500 Outdoor Viewing Screen sponsorship includes recognition on:

  • Your logo displayed on TVs on the outdoor patio, which display a live feed during the mix-off competition
  • Full-page black & white ad in printed event program (also posted online after the event for a full year) – upgrade to color for $100
  • 3 complimentary tickets for your staff or clients
  • Tagged in social media posts

$1,000 VIP Section sponsorship includes recognition on:

  • Your banner displayed in the VIP area at the front entryway
  • Half-page black & white ad in printed event program (also posted online after the event for a full year) – upgrade to color for $100
  • 2 complimentary tickets for your staff or clients
  • Tagged in social media posts

$750 Raffle Station sponsorship includes recognition on:

  • Your logo displayed at the raffle ticket entry station
  • Half-page black & white ad in printed event program (also posted online after the event for a full year) – upgrade to color for $100
  • 1 complimentary ticket for your staff or clients
  • Tagged in social media posts

$750 Voting Station sponsorship includes recognition on:

  • Your logo at both indoor & outdoor voting stations
  • Half-page black & white ad in printed event program (also posted online after the event for a full year) – upgrade to color for $100
  • 1 complimentary ticket for your staff or clients
  • Tagged in social media posts

Program Book Ads:

  • $350 full page ad (5” wide x 8” tall) – add $100 for full color
  • $250 half page ad (4 7/8” wide x 3 5/8” tall) – add $100 for full color

For more information, or to discuss other ways of partnering with the Hitchcock Center, email Marcus Simon, Development Coordinator, or call (413) 256-6006 x 104.

Looking to make your Business Sponsorship gift online?

Please use the form below, which accepts payment via Visa, MasterCard, or direct bank transfer.

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