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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 this fall as we empower curiosity in the environment! Learn more about our programs...

Summer Camp Learning and Fun

Our summer campers are learning about patterns in nature, leadership, bees, geology, and more! Want to keep up with their adventures? Follow along on our Nature Camp blog.



Hitchcock's Annual Report

Click here for our current annual report for fiscal years 2012 and 2013. For additional reports and a map of our work in schools across the region, please click here.

Plantings to Attract Native Bee Pollinators

with Tom Sullivan
of Pollinators Welcome

Saturday, September 13

With the challenges faced by honey bee colonies it is important to understand the native bees, where they live and what they require for proper habitats.  Tom will describe the best plants to attract these beneficial insects.  And he will take us to one of his local plantings in Hadley to see the plants and pollinators in action. Learn more...

Morning Nature Walk for Seniors

with John Green, Naturalist
Wednesday, September 17

Join naturalist John Green for a lovely amble at the Quabbin. John will point out flora and fauna of this favorite stomping ground. • FREE • Registration required • Space is limited

Native Wildflowers of the Valley

with Nancy Goodman
Naturalist and Plant Conservation Volunteer with New England Wild Flower Society

Saturday, August 23, 10am-2pm
Hitchcock Center – Amherst 

Come and explore the wonders and beauties of our native wildflowers as we spend the day learning how to identify them in the field. 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.