Community members gathered Saturday morning to celebrate the grand opening of the Frautschi Family Learning Center and greenhouses at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin. According to Olbrich Gardens, the 8,500-square-foot Learning Center is the first dedicated educational space in Olbrich’s history. Educational offerings, including school programs, summer writing camps, and youth/family programs will be offered in the classrooms.
“It is incredibly important that we have places where young people can come and learn about the natural world,” Mayor Rhodes-Conway, who attended the opening, said. “It’s so important that we have spaces where we can do that educational work that will, I hope, not actually feel like learning or school, but rather just feel like fun and wonder.”
The Garden’s 25-year-old greenhouses are also being replaced by new greenhouses that will allow for more efficient use of space and will be used to grow an increasing number of plants grown from seed.
In addition to speaker remarks and a ribbon-cutting, the celebration featured an open house in the new facilities where guests had the opportunity to chat with Olbrich staff, participate in a take-home potting activity and learn about the building’s sustainable features among other activities.
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