Visit Us

Come explore the R.W. Kern Center, one of just 23 certified Living Buildings in the world.

Come learn what makes the RWKC special and see what it means for a building to function in collaboration with the natural environment. We’ll talk on-site water treatment, resource efficiency, solar energy, local materials, student research…and whatever you’re most interested in. Bonus points if you solve a secret puzzle or two, or pay a visit to the composting toilets! We offer an authentic look at makes our Living Building tick— the challenges, setbacks, and successes.

Take a Tour

Register for a Tour

** To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are canceling our public tours through May. Stay tuned for more virtual content from the RWKC. In the meantime, sign up for brief monthly RWKC updates or email us at kern@hampshire.edu with questions. Stay well, everyone! **

We offer twice-monthly public tours during the school year. There is no fee, but we appreciate advanced registration so we can prepare appropriately.

While you’re here, check out our neighbors over at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, another Living Building less than half a mile away.

Plan a Field Trip

Want more than a tour? Bring your group on a personalized field trip to the R.W. Kern Center! You’ll tour the building and choose a workshop that engages learners of all ages with sustainability in the built environment. Stick around for lunch and get to spend even more time in our beautiful building.

Interested? Fill out the form below to get in touch with us.

No public tours scheduled? Can’t make the posted tour times? Contact us for a private tour!

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