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Animals in Winter

Pre-K - 2, Grade 3 - 5

Student Program:
Field trip
Provided by: Hitchcock Center for the Environment

The world is very much alive in winter. We can learn about that life by following the tracks and signs of the animals around us. We will explore animal homes, food, signs and various adaptations that animals use for surviving in the cold, snowy months. We will learn to recognize… Read on... »

Ecology of salmon in the Connecticut River

Grade 3 - 5, Grade 6 - 8

Student Program:
Field trip
Provided by: Hitchcock Center for the Environment

In working to restore the Atlantic Salmon in the Connecticut River, much has been done to improve our local rivers and streams. On this field trip, students will learn about the history of this remarkable fish, negotiate a salmon migration obstacle course, and survey a stream to… Read on... »

Forest Ecology

Pre-K - 2

Student Program:
Field trip
Provided by: Hitchcock Center for the Environment

Students will study the natural history of trees, the role of forests in our local environment, and the importance of plants in human life. Discover the dynamic processes going on inside living and dead trees as we build connections between forests and ourselves. Seasonal… Read on... »

Habitat Studies

Pre-K - 2, Grade 3 - 5

Student Program:
Field trip
Provided by: Hitchcock Center for the Environment

Every living thing needs a home or a habitat to survive. The Hitchcock Center has a variety of local habitats on site to experience first-hand. Just as each neighborhood has its own needs and inhabitants, each habitat has its own animals and interactions. Our trip will take us… Read on... »

Insect Investigations

Pre-K - 2, Grade 3 - 5, Grade 6 - 8

Student Program:
Field trip
Provided by: Hitchcock Center for the Environment

With over 60,000 different species of insects in North America, we are sure to have at least a few play a part in our daily lives. We will discuss the science of entomology and discover what scientists have learned from insects. Using tools to observe live insects in the lab,… Read on... »

LIfe in a Pond

Pre-K - 2, Grade 3 - 5, Grade 6 - 8

Student Program:
Field trip
Provided by: Hitchcock Center for the Environment

A pond has much more than frogs and fish. It demonstrates a beautiful web of life from algae and microscopic organisms to insect larvae and amphibians. We will use our limnology lab to practice techniques for observing small aquatic creatures and learning about their unique… Read on... »

Mountains and Valleys: The Geology of the Pioneer Valley

Pre-K - 2, Grade 3 - 5, Grade 6 - 8

Student Program:
Field trip
Provided by: Hitchcock Center for the Environment

Discover the stories in the stones around us! The Holyoke Range can tell us much about how the Earth’s crust is shaped. It is a geologically unique area, where we can find evidence of shifting tectonic plates, earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciers, and erosion, all in one… Read on... »

Predators and Prey: a Winter Field Trip

Grade 3 - 5, Grade 6 - 8

Student Program:
Field trip
Provided by: Hitchcock Center for the Environment

All animals, whether they are herbivores, carnivores, or omnivores, must find enough food to survive the winter. Using the Hitchcock Center’s skull and mounted animal collection, we will study the characteristics of predator and prey animals. Outdoors, we will look for… Read on... »

Seasonal Discovery

Pre-K - 2, Grade 3 - 5, Grade 6 - 8

Student Program:
Field trip
Provided by: Hitchcock Center for the Environment

Discover the natural world through three seasons! We will investigate a variety of habitats to increase our understanding of the uniqueness of each season and how it affects animal and plant life cycles. We will learn about trees, animal adaptations and behavior, and the changes… Read on... »

The Connecticut River: Wildlife and Water

Pre-K - 2, Grade 3 - 5, Grade 6 - 8

Student Program:
Field trip
Provided by: Hitchcock Center for the Environment

Meet us at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turner’s Falls where we will “take a walk along the river” past beautifully painted dioramas and many skillfully mounted local animals. Students will become familiar with these animals, their specific adaptations,… Read on... »