Lime Hollow Nature Center
Lime Hollow Visitor Center at Night

Special Fund Drives

Environmental Education Center

Environmental Education CenterLime Hollow Nature Center is pleased and excited to announce a partnership with Onondaga, Cortland, and Madison (OCM) BOCES to build a new, LEED-certified Environmental Education Center.

Environmental Education Campus
Concept and Plan

Over the past 6 years Lime Hollow Nature Center has been fortunate enough to enjoy continued growth in programs, camp attendance, and visitation.  Our 10 weeks of themed summer camp, for instance, experienced a 193% increase over the last 5 years—from 314 campers in 2006 to 920 in 2011!  Of course such growth does not arise without accompanying challenges, and our major challenge continues to be limited capacity.  In light of such continued surges in demand, supplying adequate space to anchor each of our three age-specific camps has become increasingly more difficult.  Our current Education Center, built in the late 1850s and government-owned by the USGS, currently houses up to 60 campers (ages 3-8) during the summer season.  Last year we could not meet camper demands due to limited space and inadequate bathroom facilities.

Directly adjacent to our nature preserve, moreover, sits the USGS Tunison Laboratory of Aquatic Science, which currently houses the BOCES New Vision Environmental Science program for high school seniors.  New Vision offers field-based, experiential teaching utilizing much of Lime Hollow's property and ecosystem diversity.  Our new Education Center will offer these students an expanded classroom and state-of-the-art nature lab to enhance their environmental studies.

In short, both Lime Hollow and BOCES New Vision require greater teaching capacity—a shared goal that provides a natural partnership for a new educational facility.  Through a unique collaboration with OCM BOCES, Lime Hollow has developed a modular, functional, yet naturally elegant Environmental Education Center to serve both Lime Hollow campers and New Vision students.  An exciting public-private partnership of this kind will leverage BOCES' Construction Technology program to build this new facility off-site.  Upon completion, the new Education Center will provide BOCES' New Vision students the opportunity to study and learn throughout the school year while Lime Hollow will utilize the facility primarily during the summer months for our day camps, for a total utilization figure of an impressive 50 weeks per year.

In essence, this project will create a truly unprecedented opportunity for high school students to build a new education center for other high school students!  Through such collaborative and unprecedented expansion, it is our goal to increase Lime Hollow's capacity to both the general public and our future summer campers, and to offer BOCES New Vision an unparalleled, LEED-certified classroom to train the next generation of teachers, ornithologists, botanists, foresters, landscape architects, and conservation leaders. 

We've reached 99% of our goal!We intend to have our new Education Center and New Vision classroom ready to open by September of 2014, in time for the start of the school year.

Education Center Goal: $970,870

We have reached 99% of our fundraising goal! Help us complete this project by donating any amount today.

Questions about our new partnership, or Lime Hollow in general, can be directed to the Lime Hollow Visitor Center at (607) 662-4632.

Environmental Education Center Site Plan

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Update on Education Center

Read the excellent Lime Hollow-themed coverage in Cortland Standard!

We are pleased to report the arrival of our two modular structures from OCM BOCES! Construction proceeds apace, and we are extremely excited to continue building one of Cortland County's ONLY commercial net-zero energy buildings!