Environmental Research

As planning for The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres has evolved, so too has society’s understanding of the delicate balance between humans and nature. First conceived in the 1990s to connect the Museum to the natural environment, today the Park is part of a broader mission at the IMA that promotes environmentally-friendly and sustainable practices. Several studies have recently been commissioned to assess the environmental and geological issues associated with 100 Acres and to inform strategies for its development.


Research on how the White River has shaped the topography of the Park.


An ongoing analysis of the White River's depth and flooding in the Park.

Carbon Sequestering

Measurement of the IMA's carbon footprint.

Additional Resources

Further reading on the IMA's environmental research efforts.