Hilltown Families


Late summer means thunderstorms and, sometimes, hurricanes, too. Our collection of storm-themed books can be used to learn courage in the face of bad weather and to find resilience in times of change that we cannot control.

Whether identifying clouds as animals or by their proper scientific names, families can look into the sky for opportunities to engage in meaningful cloud-inspired learning. In addition to creating a deepened sense of place through observations, families can help young scientists learn about climate, weather, and the atmosphere by tracking the things they see in the sky.

Despite western Massachusetts’ recent snowfall, this winter still goes on the record books as one of our warmest. While climate change may be contributing, one thing that’s certain is that we’re experiencing the effects of El Niño – but what does that mean? By using online resources and exploring weather science as a whole, families can learn about the local and global effects of this weather phenomenon.

Cloud Rover Observers Wanted As Citizen Scientists What shapes do you see in the clouds?  There may be rabbits, eggs, vines, airplanes, and shoes… and no matter what you see in the sky, NASA wants to hear about it!  The organization’s S’COOL program uses data provided by Citizen Scientists, as well as official weather reports, to track cloud cover across the country. By collecting data on the type of clouds, the height… Read More

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