About Green Learning Station

GLS_Overview-smallThe Civic Garden Center is home to The Green Learning Station – a place to learn how to live more sustainably at home, at work, and in your neighborhood. A place where all generations can get hands-on experience learning how to grow anywhere and everywhere, transform trash into compost, and keep rain where it falls.

The Green Learning Station used to be an old gas station that we transformed into a unique LEED Platinum certified environmental education center. It showcases a variety of green infrastructure features and sustainability practices:

  • Rain barrels and pervious pavers
  • Rain gardens, bioswales and green roofs
  • Making and using compost effectively
  • Gardening techniques that maximize water usage and space
  • The health and economic benefits of locally grown food
  • Renewable energy

Our education center is a place to get outside, play around with science and sustainability concepts, and take home ideas to try. We offer a wide range of classes, tours and workshops for people of all ages, and science field trips for middle and high school students. We are also home to SonLight Power Solar School – an engaging hands-on solar energy training program. 

Our site is a learning laboratory for students, professors and researchers to collect information about “green infrastructure,” or surfaces that let water go through them instead of into the storm sewers. If you are interested in learning more about our research efforts, please contact Program Manager Erin LeFever.