Black Rock Forest Consortium
Facilities and Resources


  • The Center for Science and Education contains dry and wet laboratories for research and college and university use, a K-12 classroom and laboratory area, lecture and computer/office areas, and a library/meeting center.  The adjacent Solar Pavilion provides a protected outdoor learning and gathering space. The Science Center and the Forest Lodge were constructed with funds contributed by the National Science Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, and many generous people and organizations
  • The Forest Lodge can accommodate up to 60 overnight visitors, and another 15 can stay in the Old Headquarters Building.  The Forest Lodge also includes a Commons that can hold up to 65 people for dining and 140 people for lectures.
  • The Consortium offers both scientists and teachers and students a broad array of laboratory and field equipment, as well as a broad range of curricula for K-12 students.
  • The Forest maintains a data archive going back, in some cases, nearly 80 years.  The archive focuses on tree growth and climate records, but also includes a broad range of other data sets.
  • The Forest’s environmental monitoring network provides real-time data on air and soil temperature, precipitation, atmospheric chemistry, solar radiation, stream flow, and water chemistry.
  • The Forest itself: 3830 acres, with more than 1000 feet of relief, seven ponds, four major stream systems (Canterbury Brook, Black Rock Brook, Cascade Brook, and Mineral Springs Brook), several additional smaller watersheds, wetlands, and native terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems now increasingly rare in the region.