Director, Pace University
Pace University’s Environmental Center is a focal point of the Pleasantville campus and serves as a resource for the Pace community as well as the general public. The Center’s primary objective is to promote environmental education. Faculty and staff members are committed to providing students of all ages with the resources necessary to gain environmental awareness.
Resident wildlife exhibits and surrounding natural habitats create an “oasis” of flora and fauna in a serene setting. This physical presence emphasizes Pace’s commitment to a philosophy of environmental education and the layout provides Pace students and area high school students with opportunities for hands-on field studies and internships.
The Environmental Center, founded in 1971, is constructed around the remnants of an old farm originally belonging to the Choate family. The farmhouse, which is approximately 250 years old, now houses office and classroom space, a small research library, and animal exhibit spaces which are used in educational programs. The original barn and stable still exist.
Pace University’s Environmental Club, N.A.T.U.R.E. (Natural Activists Teaching an Understanding and Respect for the Environment) also uses the Center as its regular meeting place.
After renovations were completed with help from many faculty and student volunteers, it was decided that the Center would be dedicated to environmental education. Over the years the Center has evolved into a strong community outreach component of the University, and has increased its role as a support component for other academic departments and programs including the Department of Biology and Health Sciences, the Environmental Studies Program, the Graduate Program in Environmental Science, the School of Education, and the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies.
For more information contact:
Director, Pace University Environmental Center
861 Bedford Road
Pleasantville, NY 10570