The Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center offers an opportunity to learn more about Mr. Rockefeller's vision for the Preserve and his legacy of conservation stewardship. The center will orient you to the area and offers a series of unique sensory exhibits that highlight the visual, auditory and tactile qualities of the Preserve's plants and wildlife. Learn about the innovative design techniques and features that make the center a model for energy and environmental design.
- Join a ranger for a deeper understanding of the Preserve. Daily programs include a hike to Phelps Lake and a talk about sustainable features of the Preserve Center. The Preserve also offers a number of Special Programs including a sunrise and evening stroll, Dates and times vary, check at any park visitor center to find out about current offerings. Please refer to the park newspaper for current schedules.
- Children learn the art of journaling while discovering the wonders of the natural world using a Nature Explorer's Backpack. After a brief orientation by a ranger, each child receives their own nature journal and set of activities to take with them as they explore the Preserve trails. Backpacks may be checked out during Center hours. Recommended for children ages 6 - 12. Backpacks are limited, one per family please.
- Enjoy the unusual exhibits utilizing visual, tactile and auditory senses linked through a poem written by Terry Tempest Williams that allows visitors to experience the Center on many levels. Recordings of Mr. Rockefeller speaking about conservation, high definition nature videos, large-scale photography, and a soundscape room with nature recordings from the Preserve complete the experience.
- If you wish to relax, spend time in the resource room with comfortable seating, tables, chairs and a fireplace to explore a variety of books and maps.