Girl Scouts of Southwestern Pennsylvania - Eberly Family Learning Center
Preston County, WV

14,200 square foot environmental learning center

In the fall of 1997, the GSSWPA broke ground for an environmental learning center on their heavily forested 800 acre rural site in northern West Virginia. The building is the feature component of a master plan which includes two troop cabins, an access road, hiking trails, a small lake and several primitive camping sites.

Carefully sited to take advantage of sunlight, views, topography, and existing hardwoods, the center provides for a range of study and meeting activities and is equipped with a commercial kitchen and dormitory space. Intended to be a working laboratory with many sustainable features expressed within the architecture, the center utilizes a geothermal heating system, composting toilets, straw bale walls, natural ventilation and many resource efficient materials.

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