Berks Nature celebrated the opening of The Rookery just in time for the start of spring with an intimate ribbon cutting ceremony in Angelica Creek Park on Monday. Close friends and employees of Berks Nature toured the airy interior space and rooftop patio that can hold up to 300 people. Guests were treated to a stunning view over the nearly 100-acre Angelica Creek Park.
Since opening in 2017, Berks Nature has recognized the need for a covered structure to host larger groups like field trips and other private programs. The conservancy is eager to expand educational programs, increase profitability, and grow the community’s involvement in the preservation and appreciation of nature and its resources.
“This additional space will enable Berks Nature to significantly increase our impact in the community by helping to connect thousands of people to nature”, said Berks Nature President Kim Murphy.
The Rookery rooftop addition to The Nature Place was supported by an anonymous $3.5 million donation. Burkey Construction started on the project in June.
Staffers are excited to share the space with local youth. Over 2,000 students are scheduled to visit Berks Nature this spring.