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

Tour the learning space of the future.

The Nature Lab at Phipps is 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.

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.

Select photos © Paul g. Wiegman

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