This centre will house the themes of biodiversity, landscapes and people. It will be founded in the new campus of the Keystone Foundation, Kotagiri. The centre will house a contemporary museum, offices for resident and visiting scholars and state of the art repositories for natural science and cultural artifacts. The centre will serve to celebrate, perpetuate and preserve the natural heritage of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve (NBR). It will serve as a learning centre, attracting students, researchers and people from all walks of life.
Through this endeavour we hope to convey the value of the Nilgiri biosphere reserve, empower educators with information and resources outside of school, and instil a sense of respect and responsibility towards the NBR in future generations.
The model of this centre will be developed and shared with our network partners from other regions of India. Keystone will support and franchise such centres to be set up in key areas of the country which can serve as network hubs and places of innovation and action.
Land for this Centre has been acquired. We are trying to raise resources to build it and house it with treasures from the Nilgiris.