New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Van Cortlandt Urban Ecology Visitor Center
The Urban Forest Ecology Center is an education facility for students and visitors that celebrates the contributions that woodlands make to the city. Project programming was done in cooperation with Jane Clark Chermayeff Associates. The exhibit is about forest diversity and interdependence, causes of ecosystem disturbance, and restoration. Each theme is illustrated by a mosaic of photographs, words, artifacts, illustrations, and diagrams. Specimen collections gathered from the park include bats, butterflies, tree trunks, birds eggs and nests. Interactive displays encourage children and adults to open doors, play matching games and discover solutions to ecology queries. Photographs depict local flora and fauna. A canopy of illuminated foliage crowns the gallery.