The Education Center recently celebrated its Grand Opening and has become the heart of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. Its primary use is to serve as an education facility or interpretive center, where periodically-changing displays within the main display space help educate the public about the alpine ecosystem. It also serves as a place for adult and children’s workshops. The “Alpine House” portion of the building is intended to be a display greenhouse that features alpine flora on a year-round basis in a miniature mountain landscape. The rear or underground section of the building comprises the main working area and access to the botanical resources of the Gardens. There is also a herbarium (collection of dried plants on herbarium sheets), a resource library, volunteer and public workshop space, small workstations, one semi private work area and one small office/meeting space. The building also features a wonderful rooftop terrace and covered trellis, with stunning views to the “living roof” surrounding it, Ford Park, Gore Creek, and Vail Ski Mountain.