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 nearly 8,000 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
5,000 Pre-K through Grade 12 school children engage in interdisciplinary, inquiry-based science and nature programs with a focus on the local environment.
1,500 Children, youth, and families participate in hands-on, minds-on environmental education experiences embedded in the outdoors.
1,000 Adults take part in empowering programs that promote dialogue, debate, and action on creating a more sustainable and healthy planet.
250 Teachers and student teachers receive mentoring in the best practices of environmental education through our professional and curriculum development workshops and courses.
60 Schools, colleges, universities and organizations take part in our real-world, environment-based experiential learning programs.
45 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.