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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.

Youth Birding

with Dan Ziomek 
Local Birder & WRSI’s Bird Songs Radio Program

For young people ages 8-13
6 Saturdays:
April 11, 18 & 25, May 2, 9 & 16
7:30am-10am


Spring migration is the most exciting time of year to get out and see birds! Each week new species return from the south wearing their spring colors. Each week we will explore a different local site and meeting locations will vary. Be the next generation of birders! Learn more...

Spring Fun on Curriculum Day

with Helen Ann Sephton 
& Patrick O’Roark
Ages 6-9 (Grades 1-4)
Friday, April 3
8:30am – 3:00pm

Get ready to play outside on this day of no school for Amherst elementary schools. We will explore the forest, fields and farm of the Larch Hill Conservation Area, meet a live reptile, and play lots of games!

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Big Night

Big Night is a possibility for Friday, April 3rd.

Each spring, spotted salamanders and frogs migrate from the winter woodland habitats to vernal wetlands to breed. Migration to the water occurs on nights that include temperatures at 40 degrees F or above and rain after dark.
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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.