As the gateway to the Arboretum, the Education Center will welcome, orient, educate, and inspire students and visitors. As designed, it can also function as a portal through which visitors and prospective students access the wealth of educational and research opportunities that Penn State offers. In addition, the Education Center will enable us to locate the Arboretum staff in a single building, in close proximity to the audience we serve.
The facility will have skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows that admit natural light and frame views to the Arboretum beyond, blurring the distinction between indoor and outdoor space. Its interior will be designed for flexibility and a variety of educational and visitor uses, including a multi-purpose hall, classroom, lab, garden shop, café, Penn State academic research portal, and reference library.