In the new Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary’s landscape of modest hills, intimate valleys, and massive glacial boulders, we’re preparing to build the Landing Eagle Trail Head House. With exhibit spaces, video and meeting rooms, and a grand-scale glazed ‘tree room’ for story-telling, the Nature Center will house programs complementary to the curricula of visiting educators and will welcome neighbors and others from the general public.
The Landing Eagle Trail Head House will be a gateway to Summer Star’s loop-trail and the larger network with which it connects. In that way, Landing Eagle will be a kind of embassy – to help conduct the interface of humans and the natural environment, preparing and orienting visitors for some time on the earth’s rhythm.
An immersive space has been created through emphatically gentle interventions on the humble landscape of the Sanctuary. A roof of deep earth cover allows the forest’s present understory of low-bush blueberry to return above the exhibit spaces. The materials and gestures of the tree room frames and amplifies the native beauty and inspiration.
Inspired by old pioneers like Malcolm Wells, and new initiatives like the Living Building Challenge, Summer Star’s values will manifest themselves in the building’s photovoltaic arrays, thermal shutters, composting toilets, rain-water pool, and many other impactful systems. Our progress is tracking toward LEED Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council.