Armstrong Education Center
“We use leading sustainability concepts such as permaculture and energy efficiency in the development of our programming. We intentionally mix seemingly disparate disciplines such as land use, energy efficiency, alternative lifestyle choices and the current concepts in conservation to produce one relevant voice on sustainability.” Tate Bushell
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What makes a landscape valuable to people? What makes people likely to take care of their land and its natural resources? These questions are important to the Pound Ridge Land Conservancy because, as a conservation organization, we want to inspire the land steward in everyone. We want every person to connect with what nature has to offer. This is why we created the Armstrong Education Center. (AEC)
At the AEC, we demonstrate the values of nature to the people of Northern Westchester by managing a multi-use landscape. The AEC has hiking trails, habitat protection areas, an off-the-grid, newly renovated 1912 home with cutting edge energy systems, a network of gardens that illustrate integrated local food production, and ‘outdoor classrooms’ for experiential, hands-on education. Together, these land use demonstrations illustrate the many reasons for conservation.
Our overarching objective at the Armstrong Education Center is to demonstrate that Living Lighter on the Land is possible while maintaining a comfortable 21st century lifestyle. We teach our guests that our lifestyle choices impact the natural environment while we publicly demonstrate low-impact alternatives. The AEC is the one place in Westchester County where these conversations are converging.