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Natural History & Phenology Courses

Nature All Year – A Natural History Study Group
Changes in the Natural World: Phenology and Citizen Science

We're excited to announce that last year's extremely popular natural history phenology study group will return in 2015, now with two course options available. Designed with participant feedback and requests in mind, these courses provide a fantastic opportunity to indulge your curiosity of the natural world, ask questions, learn locally in a supportive environment, and get involved in science with some of the region's most knowledgeable field naturalists. Learn more...


Family Musical Event with Sarah Pirtle

Saturday, February 7
(snow date Sunday, February 8)

"Two Hands Hold the Earth" is a family musical event for all ages presented by nationally acclaimed ecology-singer Sarah Pirtle. Sarah will share lively sing-along songs that express our love of the earth, using a range of instruments including the talking drum and the Native American inspired flute. Sarah Pirtle founded the Children's Music Network and has performed at nature centers and schools for over thirty years. Her songs have traveled to many campfire sings, and she is best known for writing "My Roots Go Down" and "The Mahogany Tree." Learn more...

Winter Quabbin Nature Walk

with John Green
Saturday, January 31

It is good to get out in winter and discover all that’s alive and well during the winter months. Look for signs of the active animals and all the many birds that stick around all winter. 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.