Coogan Farm Nature and Heritage Center
Capping a successful fundraising effort, the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center and the Trust for Public Land purchased 45 acres of land previously marketed for prime commercial development located between Downtown Mystic and the Mystic Aquarium. This threatened historic farm site has become the Coogan Farm Nature and Heritage Center. The purchase protects two watersheds and four major habitats. Kent + Frost worked closely with the nature center to prepare the initial Vision Plan, a comprehensive Master Plan, and Phase One construction services.
The Farm is focused on four principles: public health, community spirit, environmental education, and sustainable tourism. A central element of the project is the 2 acre Giving Garden that provides fresh produce to local food banks. The design also provides biking and pedestrian trails, an environmentally appropriate arrival and parking area, as well as educational and outdoor learning experiences for visitors of all ages.