What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on? —Henry David Thoreau
We are a home for the environmental movement.
The David Brower Center provides a home for the environmental movement by advocating for the beauty, diversity and ecological integrity of Earth. The Brower Center accomplishes this mission through a distinctive combination of permanent infrastructure and ongoing programs in a unique institution that
- Informs the public about the environmental challenges we face and the bold actions we must take if ours is to remain a living planet;
- Inspires people to recognize their own power and responsibility to act on behalf of the Earth; and
- Connects individuals and organizations dedicated to social equity and ecological sustainability.
The Brower Center fulfills these commitments through three core programs:
- Art and Education, which offers museum-quality exhibitions and public programs that serve to educate audiences about a wide range of environmental issues and foster a more engaged citizenry;
- Resident Organizations, through which the Center houses 20+ nonprofits and social enterprises, and provides capacity building and networking opportunities; and
- a Conference Center, hosting more than 350 events every year for nonprofit and private businesses, and strengthening the green event industry by requiring clients to abide by low-waste, green principles.
Together these programs bring over 46,000 people to the Brower Center each year and draw nonprofit organizations, social entrepreneurs, artists, activists, and the general public to engage in creative dialogue and action.
We are open to the public.
The Brower Center, including the Hazel Wolf Gallery, is open weekdays from 9 am until 5 pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. Admission is free. Please note that the gallery is occasionally closed for private events. If you are making a special trip to view an exhibition, we encourage you to call in advance.
The gallery is also closed for most major holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Thanksgiving and the Friday following, and Christmas.