EXPLORE ECOLOGY and DESIGN WITH NATURE on ECOSA'S 62 ACRES in the GRANITE DELLS

In 2014, Ecosa Institute received a generous $4 million gift to support its mission and establish a place for education. Ecosa was then able to purchase 62 acres of iconic boulders and slot canyons in Prescott’s Granite Dells from a local developer. In early 2017, following months of work with Yavapai County and surrounding neighbors, the zoning of Ecosa’s land was changed from residential to educational. This was the first step towards preserving this special land for perpetuity in a conservation easement.

Also within the donation was seed money for the design of a state-of-the-art living building that reflects the ecological mission of Ecosa. This architectural plan, developed by Ecosa Founder Tony Brown, features a fully self-contained, self-generating living building that would be home to students, community, staff and many types of birds, bats, insects and indigenous plants. Learn more about Ecosa’s view of Biotecture.

“This gift expresses enthusiasm for Ecosa Institute’s programming and supports the focus on how to integrate natural environments with human habitats,” said Antony Brown, Ecosa Institute Founder and Program Director. “The campus, for students of the EDCP as well as the public, truly provides an opportunity to design with nature.”

With a rich ecology, varied terrain and abundant wildlife, the Dells site is a treasure of opportunities for the experiential learning Ecosa represents. A conservation easement will provide the protection required to preserve the insights that nature inspires and create opportunities for other organizations and the general public to realize the value of open space. The public, as well as students in our Ecological Design Certificate Program (EDCP) will have use of this land for interaction, observation, surveys, portfolio collection, sketching and in the future, new hands-on projects. Here you will learn the importance and purpose of designing with nature for best use, protection and preservation of this distinctive piece of planet Earth.

BUILD AN OUTDOOR CLASSROOM WITH “DUAL SURVIVOR” STAR CODY LUNDIN!

Cody Lundin is a long-time supporter and leader of Ecosa Institute. His three-day survival skills trip kicks off the Ecological Design Certificate Program and gives students an experience they will remember for a lifetime. Learning to make fire for cooking and heat and learning how to build a structure using only materials found onsite are just two of the many important lessons to be learned from Cody. At the Dells site, students will design/build an outdoor classroom, instilling a deep respect for the surroundings and encouraging a no-impact approach to this project.

GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH THE ECOLOGY OF THE DELLS

In this very special and very alive ecological environment you can:

  • Observe and chart the impact of the rocks, land, weather, animals and water
  • Discover and track a number of bird, animal, reptile and insect species and their habitats
  • Listen to the sounds of nature and develop a sense of place
  • Sketch your ideas and designs and let the land inspire you

LEARN HOW NATURE CAN INFLUENCE AND GUIDE DESIGN

  • Learn to make a site map of natural features that affect building and landscape design
  • Develop new understandings of the five elements and see their effect on design
  • Experience natural habitats as a factor of design
  • Experiment, discuss and formulate new design approaches based on nature’s systems

BUILD YOUR DESIGN ECOLOGY KNOWLEDGE BY CONTRIBUTING TO A REAL-WORLD PROJECT

As a nationally recognized leader in ecological design education, Ecosa Institute now has the opportunity to design and build a building directly attuned to the needs and ways of nature. This involves the exploration of alternative systems, habitat creation and implementing best practices in ecologically sensitive planning, design, and construction.

Join Us as We Discover the Granite Dells!

Consider becoming a part of Ecosa – as a future student, nature lover or interested supporter – and get to know the nature of the Dells! Watch for news on upcoming events and register for our unique Ecological Design Certificate Program, held Spring and Fall.

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