Help Build a Teaching Pavilion at Arcadia

Be part of nurturing more Nature Heroes!

Arcadia's camp & education staff jumping for joy

July 2020 Update 

We are fortunate to have this open-air Teaching Pavilion already in our plans because scientists are coming to agreement that we are safer outside when we gather in groups. Plans for re-starting the Nature Preschool in the fall include all outdoors sessions with the Pavilion providing cover from inclement weather.

The challenge we face now is that because of COVID-19 complications there are increased construction costs. We need to raise $7,000 in gifts or pledges by July 31! This will enable us to complete Phase 1 and allow the preschool to start up in the fall. There is also a Phase 2 plan for added features of bug-repelling fans, electricity, water catchment, and lights that will cost $10,000-$15,000.

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Help us raise the roof on a Teaching Pavilion in the Arcadia field.

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Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary is an ecological gem and education innovator. In 1944 a gift of land from the Chafee family brought Arcadia into being, creating a natural oasis for people and wildlife within miles of the busy downtowns of Northampton and Easthampton.

For its 75 years of existence, Arcadia has been a protector of land and important wildlife habitats as well as an innovator in environmental education and addressing the climate crisis. 

We need more space—and an outdoor space is the best! We are eager to welcome more people—especially kids—to our programs that foster care for the environment. We know that those who pass through camp, preschool, or a school program like "Life in a Changing Climate" leave inspired by nature and want to protect it. 

– Patti Steinman, Education Director

The Need

The demand for these cutting-edge programs exceeds the space that we have in which to offer them. With a new teaching pavilion Arcadia will expand and improve programs such as:

  • Camps for young people ages 4 – 16 to connect with nature, develop self-confidence, and enjoy summertime and school vacation week play.
  • School field trips, ranging from one-time visits to on-going partnership with a school district. Arcadia, for example, just began a partnership with the Holyoke Public School District to bring a sanctuary field trip experience to every 3rd grader in the city.
  • Climate Change programming for middle and high schoolers where science concepts are explored on trips to the sanctuary and action plans for implementing climate mitigation projects at area schools are developed.
Watercolor rendering of the Teaching Pavilion

The Solution

To increase capacity for innovative environmental education and climate change programming, Arcadia will build a 50’x 30’ teaching pavilion as the capstone to the 75th anniversary celebrations of the sanctuary’s founding.

As a part of the construction, we will restore the slope from the pavilion down to the bordering wetland which is currently dominated by invasive plant species.

The restored site and plantings will serve as a restoration model and an educational tool and will include an interpretive sign.

Join Us!

Arcadia has grown and innovated because of the support of the community. To raise the roof of this Teaching Pavilion we turn to the individuals and organizations of the Valley to make the vision a reality.

Gifts of all sizes are welcome!

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