Thanks to a generous gift from Roger and Rosemary Enrico, the 7,000-square-foot Enrico Education & Science Center opened in 2015. The facility is located in the central Sun Prairie region of American Prairie, just down the road from Buffalo Camp campground.
The Center is designed, in part, to provide lodging and facilities for partners, scientists, and researchers conducting fieldwork on the prairie. In addition, the Enrico Center further develops American Prairie as a "living laboratory" by serving as a hub for events and programming that instill a deeper appreciation for grassland ecosystems and biodiversity in general.
Along with dedicated work areas, outdoor learning space, and offices, the Center sleeps more than a dozen people and features a fully equipped commercial-style kitchen. The facility is outfitted with Internet and a landline for distance learning and digital collaboration with global audiences.
"Rosemary and I are especially proud of its unique focus on educating the world's young conservationists," says Roger Enrico, the retired Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo Inc. and former Chairman, DreamWorks Animation SKG. He serves on American Prairie's National Council.
"The prairie already provides an open environment where kids are encouraged to unplug and explore the landscape around them. Now, with the addition of the Center, there is more opportunity for kids and families to have a rich and engaging experience and for American Prairie to connect with the next generation."