Discovery Center Campaign — Our Impact

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Long Pasture’s programs cultivate environmental literacy in engaging, compelling, hands-on ways. The resulting intimacy with nature inspires adults and children alike to form positive, personal connections to the environment, creating the next generation of conservationists.

In 2019 alone, our young, burgeoning Mid- and Upper-Cape Sanctuaries served over 22,000 visitors and program participants. Many people's first point of contact with us is Long Pasture’s visitor center. The center is a hub where connections are made, information is shared, and relationships are established.

We take great pride in our school programs, now serving 4,800 students in 32 schools—up from 500 in 2012. We demonstrate pioneering conservation education leadership with our curriculum-based School Living Lab Wetland Project, enlisting students and teachers in the creation of wetlands on their own campuses.

Community members also engage with us as citizen science volunteers, augmenting conservation efforts by assisting with research, monitoring, and field work.

To meet growing community demand and to guide our vision for sustainable growth, Long Pasture created a 5-year strategic plan. In accordance with the plan, we increased our staff numbers. We now urgently need to increase our physical capacity to engage with more schools, out-of-school programs, and individuals of varying ages and abilities.

The Discovery Center represents a bold next step for Long Pasture.