The Knippenberg Center for Education and the adjoining Educational Greenhouse were dedicated in 2015. The center provides space for educational programs and community activities. Volunteer “greeters” welcome visitors and offer maps, brochures, and other information. The center has handicapped-accessible restrooms and a research library for children and adults. The educational greenhouse provides space for programs and hands-on horticultural activities for all ages.

Use of the Knippenberg Center is governed by the following rules:

  • Maximum number of occupants in the building for any event is 49
  • No alcohol is allowed on the premises
  • The building is closed to the public on Mondays
  • The building is closed to the public during the months the employees are not working in the arboretum (except for scheduled events)
  • The building is open Tuesday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., April through October.

Construction of the center was funded by grants from the Passaic County Open Space, Farmland and Historic  Preservation Trust, Wayne Township Open Space Fund, and by Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum. Generous local businesses have contributed furniture, rugs, electronic equipment, a security system and other items for the interior.  For more information about the facility’s usage, view/download the Application for Use of the Knippenberg Center here.