Amazing Space is Indian Creek Nature Center’s new building and campus that opened in September 2016. It provides endless opportunities for exploration and discovery, and serves as your gateway to the beautiful natural world outside its doors. Relax in the Bird Room, explore at the interactive watershed table, see how much energy the solar panels are producing at the Energy Portal, and pick up some raw honey or maple syrup in our Creekside Shop.
Amazing Space is not only beautiful, it’s one of the most environmentally sustainable buildings in the country. We are set to achieve the Living Building Challenge – a rigorous certification that is years beyond LEED in providing a measure of true sustainability.
Whether you come here to hike our scenic trails, see a concert in the amphitheater, participate in a yoga class, or to let your children play in the outdoor classroom, we know you’ll want to come back again and again.
As Indian Creek Nature Center set out to create a new facility, we faced a dilemma. How could we design a building and site that comprehensively expanded our mission of sustainability? Long a leader in energy efficiency and runoff prevention design and technologies, the Nature Center is taking the next bold step. It has accepted the Living Building Challenge.
Living Buildings don’t just push the envelope for sustainable design. Those who meet the challenge-and there are only five throughout the country that currently do-break through the barriers of conventional building practices and the standards set by other sustainable initiatives, including the U.S Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. Living Buildings create synergy between nature and the built environment, between individuals and the community, and between current design and future energy use.
The challenge is simple, but the standards are high. The Design Team must find creative and innovative solutions to meet the twenty imperatives set by the Institute that are appropriate for the project and region. The solutions the team develops will be a resource for the environment, the community and the future.
The Sense of Wonder Trail, right next to the Indian Creek Nature Center barn, is a trail and playscape designed for children and adults to explore, discover, daydream, and play outdoors together as they connect with our earth.