We simulate a Connecticut River watershed in the mulch

HITCHCOCK CENTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

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Off on a field trip adventure! At the Hitchcock Center, we visit places like...

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Hans and the honey bees at Bramble Hill Farm during a Homeschool Discovery Day

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Salmon Station in Sunderland- putting on waders to clean the outdoor tanks and see the fish

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Hiking Mt. Holyoke at Skinner State Park - everyone makes it to the top!

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The bike trail at Station Road in Amherst, a great example of a swamp habitat, rich with beavers, swallows, ducks

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Learning at Many Hands CSA (community-supported agriculture) Farm in Amherst

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Caving at Mt. Toby

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Investigating at the Larch Hill frog pond

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Finding catfish, frogs and painted turtles at Turtle Pond, a shady pool

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Exploring the river at Groff Park

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Exploring the Connecticut River

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Visiting the Mill River recreation area

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Going on a successful fishing trip is one exciting thing we do at the Hitchcock Center. We also have adventures like...

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Building circuits at an energy literacy workshop

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Becoming archaeologists for a day at the pre-set dig site at the next door Bramble Hill Farm

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Making miniature gardens

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Catching froglets (and releasing them, too)

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Becoming limnologists, exploring pond insects, mud and other aspects of freshwater science

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Researching our power animals, then painting piñatas to look like them

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Sketching nature illustrations of macroinvertibrates

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Learning from earthworms

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Building a river village- first come houses, then come towns, then comes the river!

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We learn where our food comes from, like this common meal ingredient growing in plant form: raspberries from Nourse Farm

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We study animal homes and habitats, then construct shelters in the forest

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We simulate a Connecticut River watershed in the mulch

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We sniff mint on a wild edibles walk

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We building snow shelters with preschoolers and parents

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We enjoy Pumpkin Carving 2013!

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We explore our local habitats, like Hitchcock's butterfly garden, to discover who else calls our region home...

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Discovering a dragonfly

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Meeting a garter snake

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Exploring Amethyst Brook conservation area river inhabitants like crayfish

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We get up close and personal with interesting wildlife, like native stick insects found right here in Amherst...

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"Creepy Crawly Awareness" goes a long way, as Young Naturalists demonstrate in their camp posters

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Especially when we find large black beetles during a Mt Holyoke hike!

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At Hitchcock, we can watch Speedy walk around (and he really is speedy), touch his shell and guess how old he is

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Speedy the eastern box turtle, one of Hitchcock's live exhibits, is over 50 years old!

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We also love to visit with Maizie, the Hitchcock Center's corn snake

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Watching Maizie enjoy her weekly meal is always a hit

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Teachers get inspired at our hands-on professional development workshops, like Geological study...

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Ponding exploration teacher training workshop

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And of course sharing learning together with naturalists like Hitchcock's own Ted Watt

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Even the honeybees buzz with excitement during Enchanted Forest: Cool Things We've Learned From Animals

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Come visit the Hitchcock Center and be a part of the team advancing environmental education, inquiry and connection!

Over 50 years of fostering a greater awareness and understanding of our environment and developing environmentally literate citizens.

The Hitchcock Center for the Environment is your only locally-grown independent nonprofit environmental education organization serving Western Massachusetts and beyond!

For more than 50 years, the Hitchcock Center has been committed to a healthy world full of hope and possibility for our children and future generations.

We face increasingly complex environmental and social issues, and hold ourselves to the highest standard of solving human problems sustainably.

Our award-winning programs serve 8,500 children, youth and adults each year, using the best practices of environmental education. Hitchcock Center programs bring our community together to share skills, aptitudes and attitudes to care for our planet and our quality of life.

Through hands-on experiences with the natural world, we learn from our local ecology and get inspired to help protect it. We develop deeper emotional bonds to the natural world that sustains us all. Our whole community benefits when we understand and respect the interconnections between the health of people, ecosystems and economies.

The Hitchcock Center is your local home for developing deeper connections to nature and scientific inquiry through a continuum of competencies, beginning at the earliest most formative years, and progressing through a process of lifelong learning.

Our Yearly Impact

5,946 Pre-K through Grade 12 school children engage in interdisciplinary, inquiry-based science and nature programs with a focus on the local environment.

1,113 Children, youth, and families participate in hands-on, minds-on environmental education experiences embedded in the outdoors.

1,148 Adults take part in empowering programs that promote dialogue, debate, and action on creating a more sustainable and healthy planet.

266 Teachers and student teachers receive mentoring in the best practices of environmental education through our professional and curriculum development workshops and courses.

83 Schools, colleges, universities and organizations take part in our real-world, environment-based experiential learning programs.

61 Rural and urban cities, towns and villages are involved in our multi-faceted school and community programs.

To learn more about the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, visit us at www.hitchcockcenter.org.


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HITCHCOCK CENTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
525 S PLEASANT ST
AMHERST, MA 01002

Phone
(413) 256-6006

Web
http://www.hitchcockcenter.org/

Email
info@hitchcockcenter.org

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Over 50 years of fostering a greater awareness and understanding of our environment and developing environmentally literate citizens.

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