KNC Dome

KNC’s iconic Visitor Center, designed by renowned architect Alden B. Dow, was ahead of its time. Now, more than 60-years later, bringing a 1960’s building into net-zero energy mode is no small feat. Despite the Visitor Center’s innovative design, its original windows, insulation, HVAC system, and lighting eventually became vastly inefficient by contemporary standards.
In recent months, the Visitor Center’s most significant renovations in decades have been dramatically changing this reality. These improvements may not be glamorous or even visible. Yet like roots of a tree, they’re essential to the structure’s stability and longevity. When complete in spring 2022, the Visitor Center will be healthier, cleaner, brighter, less expensive to operate, and adaptable to new uses – including the ability to host museum-quality traveling exhibits. It’s all part of KNC’s mission and new 5-year strategic plan that focuses on sustainability, along with equity, inclusion, and diversity, high quality programs, and innovative infrastructure.
People and wild creatures alike use the fall season to prepare their dwellings for the indoor months ahead. We’re doing that now at the Visitor Center, but with improvements that will pay dividends for decades to come. Your support of KNC’s Fall Appeal will provide the financial underpinnings of our work both during and beyond renovations. Your gift allows KNC to maintain trails, steward habitats, provide programs and visitor services, and more. As KNC emerges from the pandemic, your generosity also provides the momentum for working steadily toward our new strategic goals. We are grateful for your support!

KNC is a private, non-profit organization (501(c)(3)) formed in 1960. We are supported by membership and admission fees, monetary and in-kind donations, program and service fees, foundation grants, and endowment earnings.