While our galleries are dark, we’re busy planning safe and enticing experiences for you to explore when the doors reopen. We’re creating an inviting outdoor campus that extends your visit to include a new Eye on the Sky Weather/Climate installation, our Shippee Family Eye Care Butterfly House, Honeybee Hive, native pollinator gardens, and outdoor astronomy explorations.
With funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, we’re opening space to delight and inspire visitors while also making the electrical grid more disaster resilient. Here’s what’s been happening:
- The overhead powerlines in our backyard have been buried, and the topsoil has been mulched and seeded.
- A new ADA compliant parking lot has been finished.
- A new Eye on the Sky Weather/Climate interpretation station surrounding our weather instruments is in the works.
- A new mini-playground for preschoolers is in place along the north side of the building.
More upgrades will happen this summer including installation of a solar parking canopy and electric vehicle charging stations in our parking lot and Tesla batteries in each of our four buildings.