Black Rock Forest has raised $250,000 to construct a new education center celebrating the memory and vision of the late Dr. Frank A. Moretti. We estimate that construction will be completed by the end of 2019.
We plan for the Moretti Education Center to:
• Support hundreds of teachers and nearly 15,000 students who visit the forest annually, and provide opportunities for program growth;
• Serve as a multi-functional facility enabling individual and small-group work with a roundtable setting to stimulate collaborative project development among teachers, scientists and students;
• Feature fiber optic connectivity and significantly upgraded information technology infrastructure;
• House a master educator who will serve as primary liaison for teachers and schools to optimize education experiences through full integration with the full range of resources available at the Forest;
• Place special focus on teacher support through training, professional development, and development of innovative curricula and new project-based learning experiences.
The outcomes we expect include more effective science teaching and learning, and doubling over time of the student audience served each year. Our vision is to promote greater environmental understanding in a larger proportion of students from the New York Metropolitan and Hudson Valley regions, and to create a leading center of excellence for integrative science education in the Hudson Valley, sited at a biological field station of national prominence.