This architecturally stunning structure will soon sit along the waterfront near the Garden’s entrance, serving as both a state-of-the-art educational venue and a regional hub for regattas.
The Hall Water Education & Rowing Center was the first project designed for The Garden of Tomorrow. Throughout the years it has become abundantly clear that we needed more outdoor covered educational space.
Visitor attendance is growing exponentially! With more than 1300 school groups experiencing the wonders of the Garden each and every year, education continues to be a top priority and a huge component of the Garden’s mission:
Immerse Visitors in a world of beauty
Lead through environmental action
Inspire through education and connection to nature
This structure is a large covered space that will keep students, families and other groups out of the weather elements on hot summer days and days of inclement weather. If you think about it, many school groups have their calendars scheduled months, even a year prior to their visit. If its raining, educators will most likely cancel or the students will not have a good experience. Depending on the grade level, the students may not be able to reschedule their visit to the Garden and have missed the opportunity to learn about nature and the environment.
The decking material is being provided by Trex, a company based in Virginia and the world’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking.
Connecting people to nature is what the Garden is all about. We will expand environmental education:
The Water Education & Rowing Center will make a meaningful impact on the environment through practicing and promoting conservation. Surrounded on three sides by water, and located close to the ocean, NBG is uniquely positioned to educate the public on ecological concerns like sea level rise, water pollution, plant conservation and the affects of climate change.
We will reach more school children:
The size and scope of this center will allow us to double our capacity for school groups, offering even more unique learning experiences – rain or shine!
Increase support for local rowing programs:
This building will serve as a boathouse to be enjoyed by local school rowing programs, with easier water access and expanded storage space – making NBG the only botanical garden in the country to offer such an opportunity for rowing programs. It will serve as a regional location for regattas and offer opportunities for boat rentals to visitors on a regular basis.
Introducing the next generation to NBG:
By hosting more school children and rowing teams, this new structure ensures thousands of young visitors are spending time at NBG, forming first memories and strong connections that will keep them returning for years to come.
During the design phase of the Garden of Tomorrow, the environment has been first and foremost. The Hall Water Education & Rowing Center will use collected rain water to clean the boats, provide water to remote areas of the Garden, and assist with storm water management.