Grades: 6-12
Subject area: Architecture, Eco-Design, Environmental Science

Description: Students learn how to design and build in a manner that reduces waste and detriment on our natural resources and environment. Topics include: LEED certification, identifying eco-friendly building materials, the lessons of the tropical house, solar design, energy use and conservation, water use and conservation, sustainable landscape design through the use of native flora and application of sustainability concepts to interior design.


  • Teacher reviews PPT/video on LEED building (provided by Museum) in the classroom prior to visit (15 min.)
  • Tour of The Tin Box, a new LEED home designed by architect David Rifkind (1 hr.) (10am-11am)
  • Design Activity and picnic lunch at park (1 hour) (Pending weather)

Duration: 1-2 hours on site
Site: Site Visit to The Tin Box, private residence
Cost: City tours are $10 per student. 1 chaperone for every 10 students is required. Chaperones are free.