Natural, unadorned materials help connect the Nature Center to the beauty of the Preserve.

About the Project

Perrysburg, Ohio  Located on 42 acres at the W. W. Knight Nature Preserve, the Nature Center is a 10,000 SF passive recreational facility that gives park visitors the opportunity to view and study the natural heritage of Wood County. The preserve features distinct natural areas including woodlands, native prairie, 1.5-acre pond, wetland and grassy meadows.

The Wood County Park District charged the design team with creating a building that would sit gently within the Preserve through an architecture which complimented the natural setting. The design team met this challenge through the creative use of natural, unadorned materials and numerous windows which allow the interior to connect with the beauty of the Preserve. Entry into the building is via an accessible wooden ramp which also acts as a bridge over the natural terrain. The Nature Center houses displays, meeting rooms, an education lab, and the “Look Out On Nature” window.