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Dickinson Family Education Conservatory
Come Grow with Us!




April/May 2018
Construction on the Dickinson Family Education Conservatory continues to ‘spring forward’ with a number of projects happening simultaneously over the next 2 months including:

  • Installation of the Conservatory’s shade system is currently underway. This system can be implemented when indoor events are taking place or plants need to be shaded from direct sunlight
  • Wood framing of multi-purpose area, classroom, kitchen, has passed inspection
  • Building electrical, plumbing and mechanical projects have begun and on-site concrete is being poured
  • Exterior landscaping & irrigation of the western slope adjacent to the building has been completed
  • Light pole installation has begun in The Heritage Ranch parking lot across the street from the Conservatory

Once completed, the Dickinson Family Education Conservatory, will be a 30’ high, glass enclosed structure totaling 8,232 sq. ft. Inside will be a 5,292 sq. ft. multi-purpose area consisting of plant displays, hanging plant chandeliers, and floating plant islands, and a 15’ Living Wall. Also inside is another 3,291 sq. ft. space housing class rooms and meeting rooms, with a catering kitchen, an office, large restroom facilities, a janitor’s room, table and chair storage and equipment rooms.      


A New Community Hub
for Learning and Growing Together

The Dickinson Conservatory will:

  • Dramatically increase our outreach to a wide variety of visitors – from early childhood and school-aged children to college students, adults and seniors

  • Display exotic botanical wonders not typically found in the Garden that will thrive in a stunning glass conservatory environment

  • Serve our educational mission to the fullest by:

    • Offering classes and experiences that connect visitors with the natural world around them in a meaningful way

    • Teaching children where their food comes from, coupled with hands-on food preparation, to foster healthy eating habits

    • Developing experiential learning programs centered around agriculture, horticulture, nutrition, science and sustainability

    • Building community by fostering collaboration with the Encinitas Union School District and other local organizations

  • Provide a beautiful and practical setting for farm-to-table demonstrations, summer camps, traveling art and horticultural exhibits, wedding receptions and more

  • Improve our financial stability by generating revenue through rentals to organizations and individuals for a wide variety of memorable occasions

The Education & Events Pavilion

The Dickinson Family Education Conservatory will be a magnificent 7,400 sq. ft. facility, set in the nationally-acclaimed Hamilton Children’s Garden, designed to:

Grow Education –
Sharing knowledge and experiences of the natural world

Grow Engagement –
Connecting our community members with nature

Grow Conservation –
Building stewardship and respect for the environment

The Education & Events Pavilion

The Dickinson Conservatory will consist of:

  • A multi-purpose Main Hall:
    • Featuring tropical “chandeliers” of plants that can be raised to form a
      canopy or lowered for eye-level viewing
    • Elegant glass and metal design
    • Complete with state-of-the-art audio/video equipment

  • A demonstration and catering Kitchen:
    • Accommodating caterers for meetings and events
    • Hosting cooking classes and farm-to-table events

  • An outdoor Amphitheater:
    • With seating for 265 guests
    • Complete with a stage and outdoor lighting
    • Set in the beautiful Hamilton Children’s Garden

The Education & Events PavilionTo find out how you can help make the
Dickinson Family Education Conservatory a reality, please contact:

James Farley
Campaign Chairman Jim@leichtag.org
760/ 431-7949
Julian Duval
President & CEO

760/ 436-3036 x202
Carolyn Zollars
Director of Development
760/ 436-3036 x216

The Education & Events Pavilion