• The Stewardship Center serves as the home for the Stewardship Volunteers and their equipment. These volunteers work with the Natural Resources Manger to maintain the park and enhance its biodiversity.
• The Stewardship Center also serves as a gathering place for visitors, students and summer campers. It offers a covered porch with a place to sit and enjoy the surroundings and the building’s own unique design.
• The Stewardship Center serves as the “anchor” for an area dedicated to demonstrating sustainable living practices – rain gardens, rain barrels, composting, Permaculture and native plantings.
• Finally, the Stewardship Center functions as an exhibit itself of natural construction, green building practices, and in the future will incorporate local natural history, flora and fauna, watershed and geology features.
• Natural Construction is a term used to describe a structure that is built primarily with natural as opposed to industrial materials. Its objective is to build with simple techniques that don’t further pollute the environment, consume more fossil fuel or unnecessarily extract more of the earth’s limited resources.
• The wall of the Stewardship Center facing the pavilion is a straw bale wall while the remaining walls are made of cob. The entire building is covered with an earth plaster and earth based dyes. Parts of the building are coated with a lime plaster for extra durability.
• Straw bale walls are made of stacked straw bales pinned together and attached to a supporting wood frame. The bales are then covered with a clay, sand and straw mix. The straw bales are resistant to combustion and provide a high insulating factor.
• Cob walls are made of a mix of clay, sand and straw. It is the same material that is used for adobe but is not baked into bricks. The cob is applied by hand being “knitted” together with the thumbs – building up the courses layer by layer.