Hitchcock family programming in October

Mountains and Valleys – Geology Field Class
with Ted Watt, Hitchcock Center Naturalist
Saturday, October 17
Join Ted for a hike up Mount Holyoke in Skinner State Park. We’ll meet at the entrance gate and hike the auto road part way and then take the New England National Scenic Trail to the summit of the mountain. Along the way we’ll look at geologic formations and discuss the formation of our Valley and the many forces that have acted on this area over time. At the summit we’ll enjoy the panoramic view and make geologic sense of what we see. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and dress for the weather; some steep sections of trail families welcome; recommended for young people fourth grade and up. Heavy rain cancels. Registration required • Members $20 / Non-members $24 • Children are Free

Citizen Science: Autumn Colors and Leaf Drop
with Tim Zimmerman, Visiting Asst. Professor of Cognition and Education, Hampshire College
Ted Watt, Hitchcock Center Naturalist
Wednesday, September 16
7-9 pm
Tim has been developing new methods of submitting citizen science data using the internet. We are very excited about the possibilities of expanding public awareness about environmental issues and deepening connections to the natural world using these technologies. Observing trees, the coloring and dropping of leaves in autumn, helps increase our awareness of complexities and beauties in nature. Recording our observations online can contribute to a deeper understanding of some local effects of a changing climate. Come learn about this project and how you can get involved. All you need is a tree (one or more?) and the ability to see colors. Participants will be asked to choose one branch on one tree and record their observations of the leaves on that branch over the course of the fall. We’ll explain everything else. Families welcome, recommended for young people grades 3 and up. • FREE • Registration appreciated
Monarch Tagging
with Jennifer Unkles
Sunday, September 20, 2pm
Thursday, September 24, 4pm
Help with this ongoing citizen science project and get up close and personal with Monarch butterflies. Fun for all ages • FREE • Registration appreciated

Caterpillar Collection Inspection
with the Caterpillar Lab from Keene, New Hampshire
Tuesday, October 13
2:30 – 5:30 pm
Join the folks from the Caterpillar Lab and see their collection of butterfly and moth caterpillars. They’ll display them on tables in our classroom for all to see up close. You’ll observe cool camouflage, warning coloration, spikey spines, horns and false eyes! And you might even smell some new smells! The variety of adaptations will inspire you about the diversity of our natural world. Each larva will be eating its specific host food plant. And you’ll see photos of the butterflies and moths that emerge from these curious beauties! You’ll delve more deeply into the world of butterflies and moths. Members $5 / Non-members $8, under 5 are free

Pumpkin Carving
Thursday, October 22
Help us carve pumpkins for the Enchanted Forest, a fun family community service event. FREE • Call to sign up.

The Enchanted Forest: A Non-scary Halloween Event
Nature’s Myth Busters
Friday & Saturday, October 23 & 24
5pm-8pm each night
Come to the Enchanted Forest for a magical treat. You will be led along our pumpkin lit forest trails where creatures will emerge to share their stories. This year, learn fact from fiction from some of your favorite local critters. Fun for all ages. Adult: Members $10/ Non-members $12 Children: Members $5/ Non-members $6 /under 3 years free • Registration required, please call to sign up for a walk time, space is limited.

More programming information at http://www.hitchcockcenter.org/programs/adult-programs/natural-history-programs-series/#naturalhistoryprogramsandseries

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