Published on June 6, 2022

Long Pasture Awarded Grant for New Outdoor Teaching Pavilion

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Long Pasture has been awarded a $130,000 capital grant by the Mass Cultural Council for the construction of a new outdoor teaching pavilion.

The award is part of the MCC’s 2022 round of grant recommendations for the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, established to support investments in cultural facilities and projects throughout the Commonwealth with capital and planning grants.

Green and Accessible

Long Pasture’s teaching pavilion, which will accommodate up to 50 people, is designed as an open-sided roof canopy structure. Cross laminated timbers made of renewable wood will be used as a green and sustainable building material. A grant from the Tern Foundation will also allow the pavilion to serve as a solar demonstration model with solar panels installed on the roof, the final step to achieving the sanctuary’s goal to become net-zero for energy use. Most importantly, the pavilion will be a year-round, ADA-compliant structure.

Sanctuary director Ian Ives said the pavilion will be used for outdoor programs for  the sanctuary’s many partner organizations, such as schools and the health and humans services groups that regularly visit Long Pasture for the socio-emotional and mental health benefits of nature. 

 “This new teaching facility allows us to re-imagine educational environments for the entire community, from outdoor public programs, lab and field-based exploration activities for school groups, to comfortable and safe meeting space,” Ives said.

Construction of the pavilion is expected to begin this fall.