Dana Brown Overnight Center
Completed in 2003, the Dana Brown Overnight Center is a cluster of historic log or post-and-beam structures dating back to the 1800s. Salvaged from various sites within 100 miles of the Reserve, the buildings (originally cabins and barns) were carefully dismantled and reconstructed at the Center.
In addition, many of the modifications made to the buildings used salvaged materials including:
- bricks from an old ice factory provided pavers
- wood from dismantled ammunition tanks, school bleachers and drugstore shelving was repurposed into flooring
- trees removed during restoration projects at the Reserve provided additional wood
The Center's shower house uses a submerged flow wetland treatment system which replaces the standard leach field with native Missouri aquatic plants.
Nature Explore Classroom
The Nature Explore Classroom, opened in 2008, was constructed using 95 percent reused materials.
Sense of Wonder Woodland
Opened in April 2015, all areas were constructed from natural and/or repurposed materials.
Edgar Anderson Center
Dedicated in 2010, this new support facility is an excellent example of our commitment to conserve and preserve. Several of the Center's features address sustainability issues, including an innovative cooling system that uses about half the energy of a conventional cooling system, passive solar features and energy-efficient lighting. The Edgar Anderson Center earned LEED™ gold certification.
During demolition of the old complex, about 90 percent of the materials were either reused or recycled, greatly reducing the amount of materials taken to landfills. The recycled material included more than 16 tons of metal parts and piping, together with 700+ tons of aggregate from the concrete floors.