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The Hitchcock Center is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your donation is tax deductible. The Kendeda Fund will match all donations made to the Hitchcock Center for the Environment until June 31, 2011.

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Hitchcock Center for the Environment
525 South Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002
fax 413-253-2809


Hitchcock Center for the EnvironmentMission

The Hitchcock Center for the Environment's mission is to foster a greater awareness and understanding of our natural world and to develop environmentally literate citizens.  We offer natural history programs for people of all ages and backgrounds. We are committed to excellence in science education and work extensively in school systems throughout western Massachusetts training educators to be more effective science teachers.



Ethel Dubois founded the Long Plains Nature Center in 1962 to provide urban youth the opportunity to experience the natural world and to develop a sense of wonder about it. Located on Ms. Dubois' farm in Leverett, Massachusetts, the Center offered nature programs and summer camps. In 1971 the Hitchcock Center was incorporated as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the exploration of science and nature. In 1975, it moved to its current location on the Larch Hill Conservation Area in Amherst, Massachusetts. The Hitchcock Center has emerged as one of the leading science and environmental education organizations in western Massachusetts.

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The Hitchcock Center has a dedicated and professional staff who do everything from running the day to day business to lecturing, teaching, and programming. In addition to individual projects, staff members collaborate with local experts, professionals, and volunteers to bring a wide variety of activities to the public. Click here to learn more about our Educators.

Julie Johnson
Executive Director

Katie Koerten
Acting Community Programs Coordinator and Camp Director
Micky McKinley
Resource Center Coordinator and Educator/Naturalist
Katrina Burton
Office Manager and Website Developer

Rebecca Reid
Staff Photographer
direct inquiries to:info@hitchcockcenter.org

Ruth Courtnell
Bookkeeper Manager

Helen Ann Sephton
Susan Heitker
Development and Communications Coordinator

Jennifer Unkles
Assistant Bookkeeper

Colleen Kelley

Ted Watt

Casey Beebe (*Maternity Leave*)
Community Programs Coordinator and
Camp Director


Education Consultant:
Patty O'Donnell

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Board of Directors

Executive Committee:
Jaana Cutson, President
Martha Hoopes, Vice President
Marie Hess, Treasurer
Caroline Hanna, Clerk

Board Members:
Penny Beebe, Jim Brassord, Michael Dover, Nancy Eddy, Judith Espinola, Bill Hart,
Susan Loring-Wells, Mark Protti, Ann Romberger, Bob Saul, Lisa M. Sihvonen-Binder, Sonya Sofield, Pete Westover, Larry Winship.

Ex Officio Board Members:
Harvey Allen (Amherst Conservation Commission Liaison) and Julie Johnson.

Advisory Council:
Joanna Brown, Dr. Don Kroodsma, Dr. Lynn Margulis, Lorna Peterson, Senator Stan Rosenberg, Lauret Savoy, Representative Ellen Story, Mary Taft.

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Annual Report

Click here for our 2009 Annual Report.

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