Our mission is to foster a greater awareness and understanding of our environment and to develop environmentally literate citizens.
The Hitchcock Center for the Environment is an independent nonprofit environmental education organization serving the western Massachusetts region.
Serving over 6,500 children, youth and adults each year, our award-winning programs use the best practices of environmental education to give people the skills, aptitudes and attitudes needed to care for our planet's ecological systems. This involves experiencing the natural world; learning how nature sustains life; nurturing healthy communities; recognizing the implications of the ways we feed and provision ourselves; and knowing the places where we live, work, and learn.
Hitchcock Center programs are designed to use the study of science and nature, its models, systems, processes, and elements, as a means to provide creative inspiration to solve human problems sustainably. They develop a continuum of competencies that begins at the earliest, most formative years and progresses through a process of lifelong learning.
Our Yearly Impact
4,500 School children participate in interdisciplinary, hands-on science and nature programs.
150 Teachers are trained in the best practices of environmental education.
500 Children and families are provided with environmental education experiences embedded in the outdoors.
1,500 Adults participate in our naturalist, citizen science and sustainability programs.
50 Schools are supported with real-world, environment-based, experiential learning programs
35 Rural and urban villages, towns and cities are assisted with multi-faceted school and community programs
To learn more about the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, we invite you to view our website at www.hitchcockcenter.org