Fernbank Museum of Natural History - Canopy and Walking Bridge

Fernbank Museum
of Natural History

Wildwoods Expansion

PROJECT SCOPE

Size
Location
Architect
Services
Awards
65 acres
Atlanta, Georgia
Sylvatica Studios
Preconstruction
General Contracting
Value Engineering
Construction Manager at Risk
2016 AGC Build Georgia Award
Fernbank Museum Wildwoods Testimonial
Museum President Jennifer Warner shares her experience working with Van Winkle on Wildwoods.

PROJECT SCOPE

Size
Location
Architect
Services
Awards
65 acres
Atlanta, Georgia
Sylvatica Studios
Preconstruction
General Contracting
Value Engineering
Construction Manager at Risk
2016 AGC Build Georgia Award
Fernbank Museum Wildwoods Testimonial
Museum President Jennifer Warner shares her experience working with Van Winkle on Wildwoods.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History - Walkways
Fernbank Museum of Natural History - Under Bridge

DESCRIPTION

Fernbank Museum of Natural History chose Van Winkle to create the Wildwoods interactive outdoor experiences integrated into the 65 acre Fernbank Forest.

The historic and scientific importance of the surrounding forest required careful onsite preservation efforts. The project incorporated the existing trees and incorporated supports and protection for them during construction.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History - Play Area

FEATURES

In the Treetops

The Wildwoods outdoor expansion offers extraordinary landscapes across a five-story change in elevation—from dramatic vantage points high in the trees to ten acres of footpaths winding through rugged terrain. The new paths include artful tree pods, imaginative play areas, immersive ground trails, and “floating” walkways.

On the Forest Floor

On the ground level, Wildwoods entertains younger visitors with unique sensory stations, elevated adventure nets, hands-on water cycle activities, and a restored wetland.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History - Sensory Station