The Sustainability Treehouse is a living education center for visitors to the Summit Bechtel Reserve, not only providing information, but also immersing visitors in the concept of sustainability. Between the local timber used to build the structure, the rainwater recovery system or the wind and solar generated energy, the Sustainability Treehouse is not just a museum, it’s an adventure.
Sustainability has always been a part of the Boy Scouts of America, even if it hasn’t always been called such. With the rolling out of the Sustainability merit badge at the first-ever jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, and the opening of the Sustainability Treehouse, the BSA reaffirmed its commitment to leading the way in a world where resources are finite and our footprint continues to grow.
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The Treehouse provides dynamic educational and gathering spaces for exploring and understanding the site and ecosystem at the levels of ground, tree canopy, and sky. The towering Corten steel frame elevates visitors to extraordinary vantages and provides an armature for green building systems, such as photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, and a large cistern and water cleansing system. Interactive exhibits showcase and celebrate sustainable technologies. Overall, the Treehouse captures the wonder of childhood exploration and places environmental education at the forefront of meaningful experiences and camp messages for thousands of annual visitors to take home.