Helen Woodward Animal Center Education Building

Helen Woodward Animal Center Education Building

Project details

Helen Woodward Animal Center Education Center

The Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe is building a new education center to share the joy of connecting with the many creatures that share our planet, from hissing cockroaches to alpacas and horses.


The $7.5 million Sharron MacDonald Humane Education Village will have 10,000 square feet of indoor space with areas for a variety of animals to live and 20,000 square feet of outdoor space that will include playgrounds and an area for children and adults to interact with the animals – llamas, goats, rabbits, guinea pigs, snakes, birds and insects.


Each of the six classrooms in the education center will have a different theme,  with the classrooms divided into either side of the building connected by open walkways. The Ocean Room, for example will have programs focusing on fish and sea life. Other rooms, such as the jungle and woodlands, will focus on animals specific to those parts of the planet.


The new center also will include two birthday party rooms, animal enclosures that are part of the children’s environment in the classrooms allowing them to bring the themes to life, a large kitchen, separate rest rooms for adults and children and storage areas for holiday decorations. A 2,700 square-foot playground for children aged 7 to 14 will be about pollinators and our smaller bees, butterflies and humming birds.

  • Year: Est. 2023
  • Location: Rancho Santa Fe, CA
  • Size: 10,000 SF (Existing)
  • Program: Master Plan, Architecture, Interior Design