Educational Institutions

Hitchcock Center for the Environment

  • Amherst, MA
  • www.hitchcockcenter.org

Mission Statement

Hitchcock Center for the Environment promotes education for a healthy planet through hands-on science and nature programs for all ages. Our programs are designed to foster a greater awareness and understanding of our environment, and to develop environmentally literate citizens. Our world faces increasingly complex and critical issues relating to our environment and our quality of life - the health of our ecosystems and the health of human beings are deeply interconnected. We believe that we must lead by example to nurture a sense of wonder and respect for the natural world. We can and must build more resilient, equitable and sustainable communities using the wisdom we find in nature. Putting these values into practice, the Hitchcock Center has designed and built the New England's first "living" environmental education center. This net-zero energy, water, and waste building is a one-of-a-kind educator for ways of living and building that are smarter, cleaner, and more sustainable. We serve over 8,200 people each year throughout western Massachusetts and beyond with proactive and hopeful education programs in the areas of: Community, Citizen Science & Sustainability; K-12 School Programs & Field Trips; Professional Development Workshops for Educators; Children Youth & Family Programs.

Main Programs

  1. K-12 School Programs
  2. Children, Youth & Family Programs
  3. Community Programs
  4. Professional Development & Internships
Service Areas

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Massachusetts

We serve over 8,200 people each year throughout western Massachusetts and beyond. In FY15, we served:

4,384 K-12 students in gaining greater scientific understanding through inquiry-based learning experiences steeped in our local environment;

1,783 Children, youth, and family members found greater connection and commitment to the natural world through hands-on nature discover programs;

690 Adult participants strengthened their environmental skills and advocacy through our naturalist history, citizen science, and sustainability programs;

284 Professional development participants developed the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to promote environmental literacy in their classrooms;

60 Rural and urban communities served - 18% from Franklin County, 12% from Hampden County, 66% from Hampshire County, 4% from beyond western MA;

364 Volunteers dedicated 3,740 hours to support Hitchcock programs and operations;

755 Donor households made generous contributions to keep our environmental education programs strong.


ruling year

1972

Executive Director

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Julie Johnson

Keywords

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Environment, Environmental, Education, Inquiry, Science, Nature, Outdoor

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EIN

04-2487748

 Number

3519119091

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs

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Program 1

K-12 School Programs

Serving an average of 5,400 students in 45+ schools annually, our inquiry-based learning experiences are steeped in our local environment, serving as one of the most influential sources of environmental education to shape students' attitudes, beliefs and values for a healthier planet. All programs are aligned with the Massachusetts Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Framework. Programs include: Field Trips (9+ topics), Classroom Programs (6+ topics), Schoolyard Habitat Program, Naturalist-in-Residence Series.

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Children, Youth & Family Programs

Beginning with children in their earliest years, we believe that involvement at every developmental stage of a child’s life encourages ecological awareness and stewardship. Each year, our programs help get an average of 1,300 children outside, connected with their own natural environment, exploring and understanding the life around them, developing their sense of citizenship, addressing real-world environmental problems, and empowering them to take action in solving those problems in constructive and meaningful ways. Programs include: Nature Play Afterschool, Girls into the Wild, Hitchcock Homeschool, Nature Discovery Preschool, Nature Summer Camp, School Vacation Camp & Curriculum Days, Monarch Tagging, Youth Birding, Enchanted Forest, and more.

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Community Programs

The Hitchcock Center offers a wide range of adult education programs aimed at fostering greater environmental awareness, literacy and action. These programs serve an average of 1,000 people each year, and are offered through our highly skilled education staff as well as through a strong network of scientists, naturalists, environmentalists, educators, advocates and organizations who partner with the Hitchcock Center. Program areas include: Natural History, Citizen Science, Phenology, Birding, Plants, Energy Literacy, Water Literacy, Educating for a Healthy Material World, Living Well on Earth, Sustainability, and more.

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Professional Development & Internships

Standard and custom-designed professional development trainings help prepare educators for the Massachusetts Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Framework. An average of 300 educators a year learn with the Hitchcock Center to strengthen content knowledge and teaching methods in earth, life, and physical sciences, while incorporating the best practices of environmental education in their classrooms. Free online curriculum units are on our website, and our Peg McDaniel Resource Center is an extensive curriculum resource and lending library for teachers and a member of the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System. The Hitchcock Center also offers several internships each year to students and graduates who are interested in environmental education.

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Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

We serve over 8,200 people each year throughout western Massachusetts and beyond. In FY15, we served:

4,384 K-12 students in gaining greater scientific understanding through inquiry-based learning experiences steeped in our local environment;

1,783 Children, youth, and family members found greater connection and commitment to the natural world through hands-on nature discover programs;

690 Adult participants strengthened their environmental skills and advocacy through our naturalist history, citizen science, and sustainability programs;

284 Professional development participants developed the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to promote environmental literacy in their classrooms;

60 Rural and urban communities served - 18% from Franklin County, 12% from Hampden County, 66% from Hampshire County, 4% from beyond western MA;

364 Volunteers dedicated 3,740 hours to support Hitchcock programs and operations;

755 Donor households made generous contributions to keep our environmental education programs strong.


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HITCHCOCK CENTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Executive Director

Julie Johnson

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jaana Cutson

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