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Continuing 50 Years of Excellence in Environmental Education

Education is a critical ingredient to developing a community that understands the interconnections among the health of people, ecosystems and economies. Our commitment at the Hitchcock Center is to help people connect and reconnect with nature, especially young children, and to encourage development of a deeper emotional bond to the natural world that sustains us all. Come join the Hitchcock Center as we empower curiosity in the environment! Learn more about our programs...

Hitchcock Center Receives 2015 Commonwealth Award!
Presented every two years by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Commonwealth Awards shine a spotlight on the extraordinary contributions made by the arts, sciences, and humanities to education, economic vitality, and quality of life in communities across the state. The Hitchcock Center in partnership with the Enchanted Circle Theatre won the award in the category STEM to STEAM, for an individual, school, or cultural organization that has successfully fused learning in the arts with science, technology, engineering, and math. This program brought Hitchcock and Enchanted together in a unique collaboration to deepen students’ understanding of science and the arts in the Holyoke Public Schools. A special congratulations to Hitchcock Center Educator's Ted Watt and Patty O'Donnell for their outstanding work on this project. Read more here and here.

Nature Summer Camp

Registration opens online March 3!

Nature Summer Camp at the Hitchcock Center… there’s no better place to discover the wonders of the outdoors! At Hitchcock Nature Summer Camp, children enjoy, play and learn in the natural world. Each day is designed with outdoor adventures, along with cooperative games, art projects, singing, and science experiments. Our experienced camp counselors nurture campers’ natural curiosity and wonder with safety and fun as top priorities. Learn more and register...

Tour of Amherst Wastewater Treatment Facility

Saturday, March 7
10am-11:30am 


We think it is good to know where our water comes from and where it goes. We just turn on our faucets and flush our toilets but what’s the infrastructure that makes that possible. Come tour the facility that receives Amherst’s wastewater and see what happens there. Learn more...

Nature Drawing for the Complete Non-Artist

with Elizabeth Farnsworth
Sunday, March 8
10am-12pm


Drawing a scene or a living thing is one of the best ways to truly observe and appreciate natural wonders. This 2-hour, fun-packed drawing workshop is designed for people who are convinced they cannot draw, or who would like to experience anew the joy they once had doing art as a kid. Learn more...



The Hitchcock Center for the Environment’s mission is to foster a greater awareness and understanding of our environment and to develop environmentally literate citizens.