A rain barrel next to the aviary collects rain runoff from the aviary roof for plant watering. The water collected is used by our land manager and by our volunteer gardeners to care for native plantings around the building; rain barrels save water resources and decrease surface runoff, which can carry pollutants and increase erosion in nearby streams.
Composting bins for food scraps are located in our Native Habitat Gardens. Waste is collected in our bins, decreasing the amount of matter that must get trucked off to landfills.
Sustainable wood was used for our new deck over Quarry Pond. The new observation and teaching deck was constructed from black locust, which is a very hard, rapidly growing, naturally rot resistant, sustainable wood source; a favorable alternative to tropical species and to wood pressure treated with harmful chemicals.
The raptor aviary was constructed from wood reclaimed from a Jersey City factory.
The amphitheater along the boardwalk reused stone blocks rather than purchasing newly quarried stone, limiting impacts of extraction.