Cathance River Ecology Center

The Cathance River Ecology Center is our building that teaches.

Learn about the ecology center's "green" features as well as its use and story in the video to the left.

The Cathance River Ecology Center Open Hours are the first Sunday of each month, from 11 - 2 PM.

In September 2005, construction began on the Cathance River Ecology Center. Groundbreaking was celebrated with a dedication to the co-founders John Rensenbrink and John Wasileski. Special recognition to the following donors who made this project a reality: John Wasileski (Developer of Highland Green) who donated the framing of an antique 24' x 36' post and beam barn; site work was donated by Harry C. Crooker and Sons Inc. of Topsham; foundation donated by Day's Concrete of Monmouth and all of the building materials donated by Hancock Lumber. Organizations providing major gifts on behalf of CREA and the Ecology Center include State Farm Insurance, the Senter Fund, Davis Conservation Fund, Merrymeeting Bay Trust and Highland Green.

On September 28, 2006 The Cathance River Ecology Center celebrated the completion of the construction project with an open house. The ecology center boasts a 24' x 24' multipurpose meeting room using unique "Green" features including:

  • A recycled antique barn which was transported from New York
  • Forest Stewardship Council approved lumber
  • A rooftop photo voltaic system with 16 panels and 750 amp production rate. Our 12 battery storage capacity provides for the Ecology Center's "off grid" electrical needs.
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified "cotton batten" insulation made from 80% recycled jeans
  • Energy Star Marvin Integrity windows from Hancock Lumber
  • Eco-friendly American clay product for finished walls
  • The heating system is an efficient bio mass wood pellet stove (this unit has the lowest emissions rating in EPA history)
  • Installation of a rain gutter/barrel to provide a water source for classroom use
  • Outside ramp is made from TREX lumber, a product manufactured from recycled plastic and wood fibers
  • The Energy Star rated compact fluorescent lighting is used to light the center.
  • Our chairs are made of recycled plastic and metal.
  • Wind turbine that produces 200 watts of energy
  • Solar thermal sheet produces 5000 BTUs
  • Weather station helps gauge our solar radiation amounts
Ecology Center

The Cathance River Ecology Center: A Building That Teaches!

Sustainability slideshow »

Weather Station »

Construction gallery »

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Group Visits

To the Cathance River Nature Preserve: For our records and your safety – Please notify us at crea@creamaine.org prior to your group visit to the Cathance River Nature Preserve.

To the Cathance River Ecology Center: While the Cathance River Nature Preserve and Hiker Parking Lot are open to the public, use of the Ecology Center facility, dock, and parking area are by reservation only.

Please contact us at Cheryl@creamaine.org well in advance of your group visit to the ecology center, to inquire about our programs, availability, and fees.

Thank you.