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We are honored to be leading the Campaign for Future Generations. Our Phase I Knobloch Family Farmhouse complex illustrates the power of a public-private partnership with leadership gifts from individuals and companies, City of Stamford capital support, to the pacesetting investment from the State of Connecticut. The new Farmhouse complex opened November 1, 2018 and has become an extraordinary feature on Hecksher Farm.

We have raised a total of $9.5 million toward our goal of $15 million as we continue toward Phase II, where we will break ground on a state-of-the-art Astronomy & Physical Science Center on the site of our current Observatory. The Astronomy Center will bring together our Planetarium and our new Observatory with state-of-the-art equipment for the first time in our history and present a comprehensive STEAM curriculum and dynamic public programming for all ages.

This three-level ADA compliant complex will feature a first floor Planetarium/Auditorium, Lobby, Elevator and large multi-use classroom. The second level will feature a large science lab classroom. The third level features an outdoor viewing deck for amateur telescope viewing and access to our Observatory tower which will be equipped for state-of-the art solar and night sky viewing equipment.

The time to invest is now. We invite you to contribute to the Campaign for Future Generations, an endeavor that promises profound results --- engaging, entertaining, and educating thousands of learners of all ages, as well as being an economic asset for the City of Stamford, our schools, and the State of Connecticut.

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center has been a major cultural and nature-based centerpiece for Stamford, Fairfield County, and the State for nearly 85 years. Join with us and contribute to ensure that this exceptional resource will flourish for generations to come.

Your support will be gratefully received and deeply appreciated.

Carol and Michael Fedele

Fedeles New

Phase II – The Astronomy & Physical Science Center

The Astronomy & Physical Science Center expands our astronomy and hands-on “learning labs” encompassing school programs, summer camp opportunities, public programs, adult enrichment, and family programs. We project 84% growth in multi-generational science, astronomy, and planetarium programs.

The Astronomy & Physical Science Center (8,000 sf) combines the SM&NC Observatory with a full Planetarium auditorium to function as the center for STEAM education. Our physical science offerings will be expanded into a hands-on “learning lab” encompassing school programs, summer camp opportunities, public programs, adult enrichment, and family programs. This state-of the-art astronomy and science destination will be a powerful cultural and educational asset for the State of Connecticut and City of Stamford. Our enhanced science curriculum will support the State of Connecticut Standards and the New Generation Science Standards, enabling the SM&NC to continue as a distinguished regional leader in science education.

The Astronomy & Physical Science Center (8,000 sf) combines the SM&NC Observatory with a full Planetarium auditorium to function as the center for STEAM education.

New SM&NC Astronomy & Physical Science Center ..... $10,000,000

  • Construction of a three-level ADA compliant building (8,000 sf) that brings together our Observatory & Planetarium facilities under one roof for the first time in our history.
  • First floor lobby and 100-seat Planetarium auditorium with state-of-the-art technology, a large educational
    classroom, astronomy education office, storage facilities, restrooms, and elevator.
  • Second floor Science Lab classroom
  • Third floor public, outdoor viewing deck and warm room leading into the telescope dome housing a new state-of-the-art public viewing telescope.
  • Enlarged Building & Grounds Operations facility.

What Will Happen Inside?

  • Enriched School Programs: The Planetarium will accommodate larger groups for shows to increase in-school programs and greater competition with Discovery Museum and Hayden Planetarium for schools that are closer. Offering science and astronomy curricula adds new signature programming. The dedicated Science Lab brings physical science alive with What’s It Matter? and a Girls-Only STEAM Science Camp to bring STEAM-based physical science programming in areas of force and motion, energy, engineering, and astronomy.
  • Youth and Family Programs: Regular weekly planetarium shows on weekends and weekdays during summer and on school vacation weeks. STEAM-based on-site after-school programming, as well as family programs in the Science Lab. Expansion of astronomy nights and lectures with flexible dates to coincide with astronomical events. Friday night observatory nights would be increased by adding weekday evenings. Science-based birthday parties that would include use of large classroom, science-based, hands-on activities in the Lab, and tickets to planetarium program. We will be able to offer astronomy badges for Scouts programming and seasonal astronomy nights throughout the year.
  • Adult Programs: A large capacity (100-seat) Planetarium auditorium will enable expansion of new adult programming that enhances collaborative efforts to include book signings, author talks, lectures, and concerts. State-of-the-art multiple media technology will give us new opportunities to develop programs that are unique and sophisticated, drawing in a new audience to the SM&NC.
  • Community Collaborations & Facility Use: We have the ability to be a great community use auditorium presenting space for evening community group meetings, astronomy and even travel lectures. The Planetarium auditorium will be equipped with advanced technology for a variety of presentations and a regular schedule of astronomy and planetarium shows.

In the News

Distinguished Members from Across Science Community Sign On to Support SM&NC’s Development of its New Astronomy & Physical Science Center
Stamford Museum & Nature Center Forms Science Advisory Council

Distinguished Members from Across Science Community Sign On to Support SM&NC’s Development of its New Astronomy & Physical Science Center The Stamford Museum & Nature Center (SM&NC) is proud to announce the formation of a Science Advisory Council, created to guide the design and development of its new Astronomy & Physical Science Center. The Council’s diverse membership is comprised of distinguished educational leaders from across the region including: • Dr. Joel Adelberg, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, Bedford Central School District • Dr. Marcel Agüeros, Associate Professor of Astronomy, Columbia University • Dr. Stephon Alexander, Professor of Physics, Brown University & President, National Society of Black Physicists • Dr. Michael Alfano, Dean, College of Education, Sacred Heart University • Dr. Sarbani Basu, Chair of the Department of Astronomy, Yale University • Ms. Mary Pat Coburn, Science Educator, Smith Middle School & Chair, CT Science Teacher Association…

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Schedule an Appointment to Learn More!

To schedule an appointment to hear more about The Campaign for Future Generations, please contact Liz Labrosciano, Capital Campaign and Executive Office Administrator, llabrosciano@stamford.museum.org or (203) 977-6545.

Phase One Recap – The Knobloch Family Farmhouse A gathering space for educational classes and cultural programming.

For the first time in over five decades, SM&NC has opened a brand new building – the Knobloch Family Farmhouse – with a prime focus on educational programming. The Knobloch Family Farmhouse is an immediate capacity-builder to develop a suite of new signature programs, with projected 58% growth in educational service in our first three years. The Farmhouse will be the first education building addition to the property in 50 years and will serve our highly successful SM&NC-Aligned-With-Our-Schools curriculum, family, camp, and adult enrichment programs at an iconic location overlooking the pastures of Heckscher Farm.

The Knobloch Family Farmhouse will be central hub and vital indoor gathering space to grow nature and agricultural experiential learning on-site in colder months. The Fedele Family Farmhouse Plaza creates a home base gathering space for the Explorers Full Day Camp to build upon 3rd-7th grade camp, which will have weekly day-trip components. We will accommodate expanded general scout programs with overnight programs added to our repertoire.

We will present workshops, lectures, and hands-on learning that enhances their knowledge and teaching skills modeled after Shelburne Farms, the Farm-Based Education Network (FBEN) conference, and Northeast Environmental Education Association (NEEEA) annual conference. Stamford is very well suited for this because of its central location between Boston and New York and its variety of accommodations for visitors.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Knobloch Family Farmhouse

Videos

SMNC TSKPS Award 2019
Architectural Firm wins 2019 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Connecticut Design Award for Stamford Museum & Nature Center Knobloch Family Farmhouse

Architectural firm, TSKP Studio of Hartford Conn. has received a 2019 AIA Connecticut Design Award of Merit for their design of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s Knobloch Family Farmhouse, which opened less than a year ago in November 2018.

“We are incredibly proud of Whit Iglehart and the TSKP team for their extraordinary vision for our Knobloch Family Farmhouse,” said Melissa H. Mulrooney, Executive Director & CEO of SM&NC. “This highly functional Farmhouse complex blends effortlessly and elegantly into our forested landscape and the charm of our beloved Heckscher Farm.”

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More News

Stamford Museum & Nature Center in midst of first major construction projects in 50 years, westfaironline.com, Jan. 12, 2019
Community investment with lasting impact - The Advocate, Dec.  21, 2018
Stamford Museum Opens Family Farmhouse, The Advocate, Nov. 5, 2018
Second Nature, Town Talk, Apr. 25, 2018
Stamford Museum & Nature Center marks the completion of the Knobloch Family Farmhouse, Stamford Plus, Winter 2018
Milestone for Museum, The Advocate, Oct. 3, 2017
Stamford Museum Breaks Ground on New Education Center, Greenwich Time, Oct. 2017
Making New Memories: Expansion Begins At Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Darien Daily Voice, Oct. 2017

Grand Opening Celebration

Leadership

Capital Campaign Steering Committee

Michael & Carol Fedele
Capital Campaign Chairs

Harry Day
President, Board of Directors

Lynn Villency Cohen
Board of Directors

Karen M. Kelly
Vice President, Board of Directors

Melissa H. Mulrooney
Executive Director & CEO

Christine Owens
Capital Campaign Counsel

Robert Phillips
Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Harry Day*
President

Frank Cerasoli*
Treasurer

Karen M. Kelly*
Vice President

Daniel L. Schwartz*
Secretary

Melissa H. Mulrooney*
Executive Director & CEO

Maureen Cacace
Lynn Villency Cohen
Lynne Colatrella
Kathleen DeCruze
Carole Dell’Aquila
Mary Fedeli
Tammy Felenstein
Stacey Miller
Dana Montanez
Pauline Rauh
Arthur Selkowitz
Robert Stoddard
Douglas L. York, Ph.D.

Schedule an Appointment to Learn More!

To schedule an appointment to hear more about The Campaign for Future Generations, please contact Liz Labrosciano, Capital Campaign and Executive Office Administrator, llabrosciano@stamford.museum.org or (203) 977-6545.