Resource: Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Science Center
Title: Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Science Center
Resource type: Organization
Topics: Buildings, Communities, Ecosystems, Education, Energy, Land Use, Water
Keywords: water, energy, footprint, aquifer, LEED, green building, wetlands, environmental, education
Audience: All
Region: Southeast
Summary: A primary goal of Cascade Meadow, a new (2011), LEED-certified environmental education center in Rochester, is to raise the scientific knowledge and understanding of water and energy resources on the part of citizens of southeast Minnesota through relevant, fun and interactive approaches and displays. Additionally, the center emphasizes through its efforts how individual actions can positively influence sustainable use of these resources.
Content: A primary goal of Cascade Meadow, a new (2011), LEED-certified environmental education center in Rochester, is to raise the scientific knowledge and understanding of water and energy resources on the part of citizens of southeast Minnesota through relevant, fun and interactive approaches and displays.. Additionally , the center emphasizes through its efforts how individual actions can positively influence sustainable use of these resources.

Everything about the center, including the building itself, its exhibits, physical features, and programming, is intended to increase the environmental literacy of visitors so that they can better-make informed decisions about the use and consumption of natural resources.

The center offers a number of interactive exhibits, a few of which include:

Water Footprint - Examines how water is consumed, including both the obvious (cooking, drinking, washing, flushing, and irrigating) and hidden ways.
All About Aquifers - Looks at how aquifers work, what each rock layer does, the difference between surface and ground water, how aquifers affect daily living, and what conditions can pose a threat to them.
Living with Wetlands - Allows visitors to "step into the shoes" of three individuals with different perspectives on wetlands, including a farmer restoring wetlands on soggy farmland, a wildlife enthusiast using wetlands for recreational hunting, and a commercial developer faced with tough decisions about developing a wetland area.
The Home Energy Connection - A project of Rochester Public Utilities, the Energy Fun House teaches visitors how to: measure and compare energy used by common appliances; conserve energy through the Energy Star program; and search and eliminate "phantom" loads.

Cascade Meadow also offers pragmatically-focused community programs and classes (frequently in partnership with outside organizations), as well as in-depth, downloadable fact sheets on such topics as solar thermal for domestic hot water, small wind turbines, and green roofs, among others.

For more information on Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Science Center, including visiting hours, see http://www.cascademeadow.org.

Organization: Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Science Center
Address: 2900 19th Street NW
Rochester, MN 55901
Phone: (507) 252-8133
Email: info@cascademeadow.org
Website: http://www.cascademeadow.org
Suggested by: Erin Barnes-Driscoll
Added: 11/2/12
Updated: 11/2/12