Future

The future of LEAP LAB will be a center where visitors can learn, build, participate in the science of sustainability, and apply it to their lives.  The center will include:

  • Art and science exhibits about the 5 themes.

  • Classrooms and DIY labs (woodwork, machine and electronics)

  • Functional ranch/farm, permaculture and bioswales onsite.

  • Demonstrations of systems for power generation, transportation and waste management.

 

In the middle of the Waste hall, the JUNKraft will be on display, as a central exhibit to the flow of waste from land to sea and accumulation in the oceanic gyres.

A herd of dinosaurs will walk through the middle of the center, with real bones from our expeditions on the inside, sculpted skeletons on the outside.

Current assets  

After 25 years of running our "Extinctions Expeditions" we now own a collection of museum-quality dinosaur skeletons, including 7 partial triceratops skeletons, random bones from T-rex and pachycephalosaurs, and a mummified duckbill dinosaur covered with skin impressions.

In the Ecology theme a display of a herd of dinosaurs and other fossils will showcase the 5 major mass extinctions that have happened on our planet, which will provide the context to discuss the 6th mass extinction event beginning now.

7 Triceratops skeletons

One duckbill dinosaur covered with skin!

This skeleton of Edmontosaurus annectens is an extremely rare find, due to the presence of skin impressions across the body.  It is currently in preparation at the University of Chicago and is waiting for the Leap Lab site to be available before being transferred.  It will be a centerpiece of the Biophere exhibit space.

In the Waste theme we have an extensive collection of artifacts and objects representing plastic pollution in the world's oceans, including the JUNK,  a large raft made 15,000 plastic bottles and a Cessna aircraft fuselage as a cabin.  Made entirely out of trash (except for solar panels) the JUNK drifted 2,600 miles from Los Angeles to Hawaii in 88 days to raise awareness about ocean plastic pollution.  The JUNK will be on display in the Waste exhibit area.