Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, near the confluence of the Missouri and the Mississippi rivers, The Audubon Center at Riverlands promises to become a destination that will appeal to families, teachers, students, and nature-loving tourists from across the country and the globe.
A flagship project of the National Audubon Society and Audubon Missouri, the new Center offers world class birding, education, and outdoor opportunities along one of the most significant migratory flyways in the world – the Mississippi River.
The Center embodies a unique partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Rivers Project Office within its Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary. The Sanctuary - 3700 acres of prairie marsh and forest - provides excellent opportunities for Audubon and the Corps to partner on education and outreach, conservation, and recreational opportunities for the public. Audubon also works with the Corps on river policy issues, both locally and throughout the Mississippi River watershed.
The Audubon Center is housed in the Corps' new visitor orientation facility at Riverlands, which was designed by Trivers Associates in St. Louis.
Connecting the indoors with the outdoors…
The new Audubon Center building itself is an educational resource – telling an important story of renewable building practices, water resource management, and river habitat preservation. Connected to the existing Corps’ River Project Office the new Center will add a 45’ diameter gathering space that looks out over Ellis Bay; an indoor classroom; an outdoor classroom; and a large deck area.
Constructed to LEED Silver standards, the building features reclaimed wood, concrete, metal, and gravel. Mechanical systems are all highly efficient, and windows are designed with large overhangs and positioned to minimize unwanted radiant heating while maximizing natural light. Two story circular bay windows constructed in and open timber frame resemble the complexity of a bird’s nest and provide a 140° grand vista of the water and the many species of birds that live in the surrounding wetlands, forests, and prairie.
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