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[Stemed-l] Fwd:Spring Children and Family Programs

From: Hitchcock Center for the Environment <info@hitchcockcenter.org>
Sent: March 16, 2016 12:01:22 PM EDT
To: mort@k12s.phast.umass.edu
Subject: {Disarmed} Spring Children and Family Programs

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Spring programs begin next week...
Josia DeChiara, Hitchcock educator
Ages 8-11, Grades 3-5
Alternating Thursdays: March 24, April 7, 28, May 12, 26, June 9
Members: $162/Non-members: $190

Get to know nature, and make friends at the same time! This afterschool program is designed to bring girls together in a supportive environment that fosters creativity, nature skills and inquiry. Each afternoon will consist of hands-on projects and free outdoor exploration at the Larch Hill Conservation Area. Through playing games, exploring nearby habitats, and connecting with nature, we will develop our confidence, build friendships and have a lot of fun learning! Families provide their own transportation to the Hitchcock Center. 
Learn more...
with Dan Ziomek, Local Birder and WRSI's Bird Songs Radio Program
For young people ages 8-13
Saturdays, April 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7, 14
Individual/Youth: Members $60/Non-members $75
Parent/Child: Members $100/Non-members $120

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! Space is limited, registration required.

Jeff Mazur and Hannah French, Hitchcock educators
Ages 6-8
Tuesdays, 10:00am-2:00pm
9 classes - March 22, 29, April 12, 26, May 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7
*No class April 5, 20 or May 3
Members: $375/Non-members: $404

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It's a nature superhero! In Homeschool I this spring we will learn about superheroes of survival in nature. We'll explore super senses, and learn how sight, hearing, and smell are used to capture prey and avoid detection. We'll discover special powers including poisons, prickles, and pollination.
Patrick O'Roark, Hitchcock educator
Ages 9-12
Tuesdays, 10:00am-2:00pm
9 classes - March 22, 29, April 12, 26, May 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7
*No class April 5, 20 or May 3
Members: $375/Non-members: $404

Have you ever wondered why animals act the way they do, or what they are thinking? Why do coyotes howl at night? Is the cardinal pecking my window because it's angry? Do the two crayfish you caught like each other? During this spring's Homeschool II class we'll be exploring these and many other questions about the inner lives of the animals around us. We'll practice scientific observation and experimentation, with both the animals that live with us here at the Hitchcock Center and the wildlife that shares our neighborhood.
Nature Summer Camp

A few openings are still available for camp sessions this summer for the Young Naturalists, ages 6-7.

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. 

Nature Discovery Preschool:
All About Birds

Colleen Kelley, Hitchcock Center Educator
Ages 3-5 (adult required to attend with child)
Fridays, March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3 (No class 4/22)
Morning session: 9:30am-11:30 am (wait list only)
Afternoon session: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Members: $205/Non-members: $225

We will head in to spring in full flight! Children and their adult companions will explore the world of birds through movement, songs, crafts and live animal observations. An adult is required to attend with each child. 
Learn more...
Explore a Vernal Pool

Ted Watt, Hitchcock Center Naturalist
Saturday, April 9, 9:30 am - noon
Members $15 Non-members $18

Vernal pools with their temporary spring accumulations of rain and runoff water provide unique homes for a variety of amazing creatures. How do they survive both in the water and when the pool dries up? We'll find out by observing and wondering about these creatures. Appropriate for adults and young people ages 8 and up accompanied by their adult. Please call to register. Space is limited and registration required. 
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Spring Vacation Camp

Ages 6-10, Grades K-4
Monday through Friday, April 18-22
Members: $60 per day/Non-members: $70 per day

Spend your days off from school learning and playing outside at the Hitchcock Center! We'll explore topics in spring ecology while playing games, making crafts and spending time with our live animals. Sign up for as many days as you wish. 
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About Us
The Hitchcock Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that works to inspire people to learn about our natural world through innovative, hands-on environmental education programs. We help people to explore the interconnections between the health of humans and ecosystems, reinforcing our innate bonds with our environment, and looking to nature as a model and measure to improve our quality of life.

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