Baldwin Hills Ladera Ecology Urban Nature Center Project
The proposed Baldwin Hills Ladera Ecology Urban Nature Center Project is based on a 15,000 sq ft facility dedicated to community-based environmental education. The facility will serve the Baldwin Hills, Winsor Hills, Ladera and Stocker Corridor communities. The estimated cost for this facility is $8 million dollars. This modular energy star Platinum LEED facility design will function completely off the grid to promote sustainable design consciousness with outdoor lab space for youth education programs. Outdoor water features will represent watersheds throughout Los Angeles County including gardens with urban habitat.
he proposed Baldwin Hills Stocker Urban Ecology Nature Center program will support activities that offer local community college electives in ecology, green energy technology, and urban environmental sustainability. Other proposed program activities include community events and workshops for local youth programs. The exterior landscape design promotes drought tolerant plants, and utilizes a rainwater capture system to collect water for irrigation. An outdoor botanical garden will be used for overflow reception space. Other components within this open space facility include administrative spaces, conference center, operational volunteer store, classroom activity center space. The Ecology Lab offers students after school opportunities to gain hands-on experiences, learn about watersheds, aquatic life, wetlands, environmental stewardship, and urban conservation.
California Greenworks, Inc. a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization who focus is on urban revitalization and preservation of open space, environmental education and green economic development has partnered with the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) to championing this concept. Our role is to lead the effort to obtain foundational support, solicit conceptual design, program development, and construction planning, and develop relationships to ensure community involvement and commitment to realizing this vision. We believe The Baldwin Hills Ladera Urban Ecology Nature Center is an essential beacon that will set the stage for all Baldwin Hills Park development activities, documenting and monitoring milestones, while offering programs and multiple uses that drive the transformation of this important and diverse region of South Los Angeles. Come join us.