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Environmental Learning Center closer to becoming a reality in Avon

Doug Dusenberry
Avon, CO Colorado
The Gore Range Natural Science School has raised more than $9.8 million through its campaign to build an environmental learning center, shown here.

AVON, Colorado ” The Gore Range Natural Science School passed a significant milestone in its campaign to construct an environmental learning center for the valley in Avon, Colorado ” it surpassed $6 million in pledges toward this important educational initiative. Including the gift of land from the Tang family, there is now a total of more than $9.8 million invested into making this exciting facility a reality for our community.

The science school, a nonprofit organization, provides high quality, educational programming to more than 23,000 residents and visitors to our community each year and they look forward to having an even greater impact, especially for our local students and teachers, once this project is completed.

The campus, which will be located in Avon, just north of the corner of Nottingham and Buck Creek Roads, boasts incredible natural features such as a spring fed pond, the Buck Creek, aspen stands, pine forests and easy access to Forest Service land.

“It is hard to imagine a site in our valley that is so ideally suited for this purpose because of its accessibility and incredible natural features,” said Alan Danson, the chair of the Campaign for the Buck Creek Campus.

The environmentally sensitive plan for the campus includes an interactive Mountain Discovery Center ” which will also house their administrative offices and conference facilities ” two state of the art science classroom buildings, a multi-purpose community hall that will accommodate speaker’s series and student programs, and a graduate fellow’s residence that will house the graduate fellows who conduct their high quality natural science programming.

“This campus will allow us to provide outdoor science education that is aligned with our students’ existing curriculum to every student in Eagle County on an annual basis,” said Markian Feduschak, the school’s executive director.

School leaders also plan for the campus to serve as a showcase for sustainable building and design and have a goal of achieving the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest rating of LEED Platinum Certified. This would make the project one of only about 100 in the country.

In addition to solar photovoltaic energy production, vegetated roofs and alternative building materials, including straw bale insulation, they also plan possible geothermal and micro-hydro demonstration projects.

For more information about the project or the campaign, call Doug Dusenberry at 970-827-9725, x21, or visit the school’s Web site at http://www.gorerange.org.

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