Moose Tree Nature Center

Lake Orion, Michigan

  • FIRM



    Lake Orion Community Schools

  • AREA

    5,454 sq.ft.





To enhance the district’s natural science programs and forge new links with the community, Lake Orion Community Schools recently opened a nature preserve and learning center. It also is adjacent to one of their elementary schools, which has a science focus.

Moose Tree Nature Center is named for a landmark tree with a gall on its trunk that resembles a moose. ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMO'Boyle, Cowell, Blalock, Site/Landscape ArchitectCOST PER SQ FT$175.00FEATURED IN2000 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized building’s design mimics a bird’s wingspread and features two octagonal pods—a science lab and a multipurpose room. Support space includes a workroom, storage and an administrative office.

The center’s technology infrastructure is interactive with the school district and county. It consists of a multimedia interactive portal supporting data, and analog and digital video.

The lab is designed around four-student workstations and offers live and delayed broadcast, interactive videoconferencing and a remote camera system.

The multipurpose room features interactive movable exhibits, and views to the observation deck and surrounding woodlands.

The site offers walking trails with signage describing ecosystem characteristics. The center uses many natural building materials, such as cork flooring, cedar siding and asphalt shingles.

Photographer: ©Carr Cialdella Photography