Hilltown Families

Citizen science can connect us with nature, learn about phenology, practice gathering data, and learn the basics of experimental design.

Honey Bears

A delicious project your family can try at home is to purchase a few bottles of different types of honey from a local hobby apiarist, farmers' market, or food co-op for...

American Toada

Have you ever noticed how the chorus of frogs & toads change through the season? Pay attention to their chorus & let it guide your learning!

Garden-Based Learning

Gardening is a multidisciplinary activity embedded with learning every step along the way, from botany to soil science to meteorology.

Rhubarb Stand

Pick up rhubarb from a local farm stand! A local delicacy, rhubarb, has been enjoyed globally for thousands of years in sweet & savory dishes.

Photo: Wheat

The fall is the season for harvesting wheat and corn. The word “harvest” is originally derived from the Old English “haerfest,” meaning “autumn.” In ancient Britain and other European communities, the...

Photo: Learning through the lens of JACK-O-LANTERNS

Called “pompions” by the first European colonists, pumpkins were a food essential to winter survival – and they were grown in many more varieties than they typically are today. The custom...

Photo: Learning through the lens of HAUNTED HISTORY

Towns across Western Massachusetts have tales of haunted historic buildings, ghost sightings, and supernatural suspicions that lead people to wonder whether a place is haunted or not. Haunted tales are sometimes...

Photo: Deer mask costume

Halloween is a holiday that invites us to tell stories through costumes, allowing us to engage in fantasy and role-playing for at least a single night. Traditional costumes for Halloween include...

Photo: Milkweek Seeds

Lessons in science and the humanities are integrated when using seeds to teach about botany, history, and culinary arts. Seeds and their pods appear not only in our natural landscape, but...