What makes the classroom sustainable? Its purpose.

The earth needs champions, and we look to create those champions each time we take a child outside to discover the natural world around them. This classroom helps us welcome eager children, engage their senses, and prepare them for learning in Cope’s beautiful outdoor classroom.

Made possible by a gift from Quigg Family Fdn. & Stamm Koechlein Family FDN.

Why are those windows in weird places? Well, that’s because each window on this wall shows a different habitat! Regardless of your size, you can see nature at work. How many living things do you see out of each window right now? Be patient! As the outdoor plants grow and offer better protection, you’ll see more and more wildlife near the building.

Do you remember all of those bottle caps the community collected for Cope? Did YOU collect some at your school or home? If you did, YOU HELPED BUILD THIS BUILDING! The caps were ground into small pieces by #1 Polymer Source, then made into colorful sheets by B&F Plastics for this wall. Thank you for helping us create a local recycled product, AND thanks to Centerville Green Club for organizing the collection effort!

These beautiful cabinets were made by Bob Ferrell and Danny Stackleather (of Countertop Manufacturing) using locally grown maple. Though now hidden, the countertops were built using reclaimed decking. With the addition of a recyclable stainless steel top, this countertop is a tough but sustainable solution for the space!

The employees are not the only ones who have a new home! Kate Hogg’s class (pictured below) from the Richmond Friends School worked tirelessly researching the needs of our program animals and creating the perfect enclosures to mimic their native habitat. If you notice our critters comfier and cozier than ever, thank Kate’s next generation of environmentalists!