They may be too young to worry about mortgage payments and electricity bills, but the kids exploring the EcoHouse mobile museum at Inwood Hill Park aren’t letting those things deter them from learning about energy savings at home. The EcoHouse looks much like a typical compact home, complete with a kitchen, boiler, shower and other staples – however a closer look inside reveals an eco-friendly abode where visitors can toy with energy-efficient light bulbs, low-flow shower heads, and other green building systems.
The environmental exhibit is located across from the park’s Nature Center and is a program developed by the Community Environmental Center — a Queens nonprofit that brings energy efficiency to residential buildings and homes throughout New York City.
“The Community Environmental Center EcoHouse is a terrific tool for teaching all of us about saving energy in our homes and protecting the environment,” says CEC’s founder and president, Richard Cherry. “It’s really a 21st-century classroom. We hope the EcoHouse will draw visitors and help revitalize this very special park in early spring.”
The new exhibit makes up for Inwood Hill Park’s currently closed Nature Center which sustained heavy damage during Hurricane Sandy and was also hit with budget cuts last year. The EcoHouse, located across from near West 218th Street and Indian Road, is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 p.m. to 4 p.m. until April 6th. Admission is free.