DuBois, PA – DuBois Central Catholic has a new ark… but it’s not for the non-stop rain we’ve been having. It’s an interactive learning playground!

It’s a giant, two floor, sensory and learning-themed playground for DCC’s preschool, kindergarten, and first graders.

It was built with help from local private donors, grant funding, and with a lot of work and donations from the Brockway Center for Arts and Technology.

The playground is filled not just with learning opportunities on the boat itself, but also an entire garden filled with wooden animal statues, a large xylophone, bird feeders, and other hands-on activities.

The kids, obviously, approve.

The ark was the 2019 service project at Brockway Center for Arts and Technology.

  • Deborah Heigel, executive director
  • Claira Heitzenrater, project manager
  • Ark mural and painted elements, Claira Heitzenrater, BCAT
  • Hand-carved wood sculptures, Dawna Ceriani, T&D Carvings
  • Corner gardens, Hannah Scrima, BCAT
  • Animal footprint pavers, Emily Tarner, BCAT
  • Rainbow sculpture Holly Roddenbery, BCAT
  • Wooden xylophone, Liana Agnew, BCAT
  • Magnetic tidal wave, Terry Heitzenrater, Terry’s Custom Sheet Metal
  • Enameled fish and net, Melissa Lovingood, BCAT
  • Interactive texture tables, Lilli Helling, BCAT
  • Directional mosaic tiles, Liana Agnew, BCAT
  • Ceramic bird feeders, Liana Agnew, BCAT
  • Ceramic animal tiles, Claira Heitzenrater and ceramic staff, BCAT
  • Reading station, Claira Heitzenrater, BCAT
  • Ceramic musical instruments, Hannah Scrima, BCAT
  • Landscaping, Vir Terra Landscaping

You can see a full video of the unveiling, a special surprise dove release, songs from the kids, and a tour of the ark on our Facebook page.

Listen to the full interview with Deborah Heigel, Claira Heitzenrater, and Gretchen Caruso.