Outdoor Teaching Pavilion at Long Pasture

Help us build a new space for year-round nature education.

Illustrated rendering of the Outdoor Teaching Pavilion at Long Pasture © Jill Neubauer Architects
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For many young people in our community, a school field trip to Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary is the first introduction to nature. Prior to COVID-19, we welcomed over 4,000 students from over 30 Cape Cod schools each year, most of whom never would have had the opportunity to experience and learn about the wonders of the natural world.

Building a new Outdoor Teaching Pavilion at Long Pasture would offer local schools and other groups a protected, year-round learning space as well as more opportunities to visit the sanctuary. It will also be a community resource for other partner organizations, such as health and human services groups that regularly visit Long Pasture to experience the social, emotional, and mental health benefits of nature.

A Net-Zero Outdoor Classroom

The new outdoor pavilion will be a 30' x 50' open-sided roof canopy supported by natural wood posts with materials and form that are in keeping with the architectural style of the Cape. It will be ADA-compliant and capable of accommodating up to 50 people—the average size of a visiting school group.

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It will also be a net-zero energy structure, generating all the clean energy it needs from solar. Thanks to a $100,000 TernSOLAR matching challenge grant by the Tern Foundation, Long Pasture is on track to achieving 100% net-zero energy consumption. The TernSOLAR funding will directly support 26 photovoltaic panels for the roof of the pavilion in addition to 52 panels for the sanctuary's new Discovery Center.

Why This Matters

The Outdoor Teaching Pavilion will allow us to deliver high-quality, experiential, nature-based education to thousands of Cape Cod students from every town and beyond.

It's an investment in Long Pasture's ability to meet the need for a safe, outdoor learning space in our community that will also put the sanctuary on the path to generating more clean energy than it uses.

But we can't do this without your support.

Make an Impact

The capital cost to build the Outdoor Teaching Pavilion is $250,000. Your support today will help us to ensure this important opportunity is available to everyone.

→ Remember, your contribution will have double the impact thanks to the TernSOLAR matching challenge! ←

Give Now

Please consider making a donation to support sustainable design and construction of the new pavilion.

Ways to Give

  • Donate online >
  • By Phone: Call Wendy O'Keefe at 508-556-7806
  • By Mail: Download the donation form and return it with payment to Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, ATTN: Wendy O’Keefe, PO Box 235, Cummaquid, MA 02637