New Education Center
“Fernwood has risen to the challenge to engage its community – and in particular its youth – to teach respect for the land.”
Michael Dosmann, Curator of Living Collections
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Nurturing environmental understanding and respect through education and community connections.
The proposed Education Center, designed by noted Chicago architects, Stanley Tigerman and Margaret McCurry, is at the core of an ambitious program to expand and enhance Fernwood’s educational and cultural offerings. It will replace the current 35-year-old facility, which is out-of-date and at capacity.
The plan doubles classroom space to meet growing demand for facilitated programs from schools, facility rentals, and special events. It will support new programming in horticulture, botany, and environmental sciences, and the Education Center itself, will serve as a teaching and learning tool in sustainable practices.
The Education Center will strengthen Fernwood’s position as a cultural center in our community.
The center will include:
- Two multi-use classrooms/wings – Flora and Fauna – with bird-viewing areas
- Library/conference space
- Central, glass block core with exhibits and displays
- Teacher preparation areas
- Interpretive exhibits and displays inside the Education Center that will inform visitors about Fernwood’s unique ecology and topography before they explore the grounds