This 10,000 square foot educational /research facility is to be located on a 3,117 acre nature preserve. The client’s mission is to provide a place where lay people, students, scholars and researchers can convene to create and disseminate knowledge about the ecosystems of eastern Sonoma County. The intent is to design a facility in harmony with the land, sustainable in design, and able to create a connection between the environment and the visitor. To achieve this it was decided to locate the facility higher up on the slope near the tree line, giving the user good views of the preserve but minimizing the impact on existing trees and vegetation. It was also the intention that the building itself be a teaching tool clearly displaying energy conservation and green building principles.