Saturdays; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Except as Noted
Nature Lab and Observational Beehive Open Hours

Tour the learning space of the future and safely get nose-to-antenna with some busy bees.

The Nature Lab at Phipps and observational beehive are now open for you to discover. Drop in on Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and a graduate of our Learning for a Greener Future high school internship will show you the new building's amazing features. No advance reservation is required. The Nature Lab can be accessed from the Center for Sustainable Landscapes' second and third floor paths during Exhibit Staging Center renovations on our Living Campus.

Unveiled in 2015, the Nature Lab at Phipps is one of the nation’s first sustainable, modular classroom spaces. Designed to serve a dual purpose as a learning laboratory and an innovative, replicable model for healthy learning spaces, the Nature Lab features non-toxic materials, generates its own energy, and recycles water on site. Fabricated locally by EcoCraft Homes, it demonstates how classrooms of the future can be built to maximize student wellness and potential. The building shows what healthy spaces look like for kids and calls attention to the importance of providing healthy learning environments for children. In 2016, with the help of apoidea apiary, Phipps installed an observational beehive in the classroom that allows kids to safely get nose to antenna with the bees. Phipps staff hopes to use the observational beehive to teach guests about the importance of pollinators and the plight that they face as their numbers continue to decline dramatically. 

Select photos © Paul g. Wiegman

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