Built in 2005, the 2,500 square foot Iris Griffith Interpretive Centre was designed by John Dafoe in collaboration with the Lagoon Society Building Committee and West Coast Log Homes. We’re open to the public each week from Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm throughout the fall and winter (October to March), and everyday throughout the spring and summer.
15386 Sunshine Coast Highway
Madeira Park, British Columbia
V0N 2H1 Canada
Iris Griffith Field Studies and Interpretive Centre
An Educational Resource
The Iris Griffith Interpretive Centre serves as the base for many exciting community and school programs. These include an innovative Nature School Program for elementary and secondary school students, along with interpretive programs, Workshops, Lectures and Slideshows and tours for the general community, and adult education courses for university and college students, professionals, hobbyists, and amateur naturalists. A wetland restoration project is helping to create valuable habitat for wildlife and is giving community members a hands-on opportunity to work to improve the environment.
A Model Green Building
Thanks to a generous grant from the Real Estate Foundation of BC and Vancity, the Iris Griffith Centre is currently being retrofitted with green building elements including a water catchment system, solar electric power, green roof, and a solar water heating system to provide hot water both for in-floor radiant heating and for building hot water supplies. In conjunction with the green building retrofits, and with financial support from the Environment Canada EcoAction Program, we are also launching a new education program to inform local residents about energy conservation, alternative technologies, and sustainable living choices.
Displays and Exhibits
The Interpretive Centre houses a collection of Displays and Exhibits characterizing human interaction with the natural environment from the mountains down to the sea. It serves as a base for many exciting community and school programs, including children’s activities, adult education courses and workshops, guided nature walks and field trips, slide shows and lectures, public forums, and an innovative Nature School Program for children.