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Projected Global Impacts by 2021

100,000 certified STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) teachers*
10 million onsite visitors
100 million to 1 billion reached via Internet

*Partnering with other professional development institutions

Earthpark™ will provide a unique opportunity for visitors to experience first-hand the intricacies and wonders of nature from the immense biodiversity of the Amazonian rainforest to the delicate balance of species, past and present, near and far.

Earthpark™ will inspire generations to learn from the natural world by introducing visitors of all ages to some of the world’s most fascinating and threatened ecosystems. During a typical three-plus hour visit, guests will be able to move from the rich canopy of a soaring Amazonian cloud rainforest, to the wilderness of a flooding Varzea jungle, to the threatened base of a calving oceanic glacier.

A place such as Earthpark™ is critical for generating and sharing new ideas and solutions to worldwide environmental challenges. This will be a place where allies and adversaries, visionaries and pragmatists, can come together to forge new paths for sustainable living which are in harmony with nature.

Through the utilization of environmentally focused systems and materials, Earthpark™ will be an architectural model of ‘green design’, as well as a source of inspiration and a springboard for ecological principles and practices to be disseminated across the globe.

Please join us in celebrating the diversity of life and creating a lifelong learning experience that will be Earthpark’s legacy.

environmental exhibits and programming

  • Upland cloud, lowland and flooded forest Amazon ecosystems within the large biome
  • Multi-level integrated aquarium
  • 4-D large format and mixed media, virtual reality theatre
  • Interactive galleries and programming
  • Outdoor exhibits, including native habitat, cultivated flower gardens and art & cultural amenities

education

  • All visitors will be supported as learners
  • Planned inquiry programs for all ages
  • National outreach programs in science literacy and science education
  • A national resource for science literacy energy use and resource conservation

energy use and resource conservation

  • High-performance, energy efficient ETFE-roof
  • Additional energy savings through site selection, materials choices, and operating practices
  • Alternative/renewable energy sources and technologies, including wind, solar, geothermal and fuel cells
  • Facility roof designed to recapture rainfall for aquaria features and other uses
  • District or campus wide district energy solutions via green master planning