The Living Roof houses weather stations that monitor wind, rain and temperature changes to help inform the building's automated systems and skylights -- this helps keep the rainforest temps just right and natural light streaming in to the exhibits below. The rolling hills and fields provide insulation, capture excess storm water and transform cardon dioxide into oxygen. An estimated 1.7 million plants create an oasis for birds, insects, people and other creatures. And, the Living Roof serves as an outdoor classroom. Visit the website to learn more.
In addition to the many fascinating exhibits on display at the Academy, the Living Roof is an architectural marvel designed by famed architect Renzo Piano. The seven hills of the rooftop boast 1.7 million plants, as well as an oasis of flowers, insects and other creatures. Download the Pocket Almanac from the website to find out when to head to the roof to see meteor showers and eclipses.