Discovery Center Campaign — The Need

Long Pasture's current program room

Long Pasture's current program room

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The Long Pasture team works from a private home that was modified to serve as a visitor center in 2006. The building has 700 square feet of program and public greeting space, which is no longer sufficient and offers limited flexibility.

We currently employ 8 year-round and 11 part-time staff, and 8 Coastal Waterbird interns live in our space during the summer. Some 16 or more people may be working in our 3,200-square-foot building at any given time. 

Parents and school systems on Cape Cod are increasingly eager to effectively engage children in pre-K through grade 12 in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math). They recognize Long Pasture's potential in this area and see us as a vital resource. They appreciate our hands-on experiences that encourage curiosity, inquiry, and scientific discovery. Long Pasture's education team helps teachers and students meet and exceed curricular goals while exploring the natural world in their own neighborhoods.

Our small program room is the "operations base" of our talented and dedicated Education and Visitors Services Team. These remarkable people deliver high-quality programming, often without the space or resources to fully support their work, much less to deepen and expand it. Although they are able to do much with little, the physical limitations of the current building are barriers to collaboration, creativity, and growth.

Your support will also now provide:

  • new programmatic vision for the existing visitor center
  • universal accessibility in the existing visitor center
  • additional site improvements for improved connectivity & increased breakout spaces
  • new septic system for the Discovery Center building
  • new electrical service upgrade for both buildings
  • lighting & parking improvements throughout the campus