Imagined as a collection of reused agricultural structures—native barns and a silo—amassed in the essence of sustainability, the new Irvine Nature Center demonstrates the client's mission of environmental exploration, respect, and protection. At one with the site, the building embraces the raw contours, both respecting and integrating with the natural features and resources of the land.

Visitors traverse a bioretention swale via a raised wooden deck as they enter the center, immediately understanding the richness of the 116-acre site. An enticing prelude to site exploration, interior views out maintain a dialogue with the environment during the educational and orientation experience.

“We recognize that our building is as much an educational tool as our programs, and we look forward to sharing it with the thousands of visitors that we will welcome each year.”  – Gregory Pinkard, Site Planning Committee Chair, Irvine Nature Center


  • Exhibits, nature store, auditorium, education spaces
  • Library, offices, meeting rooms 
  • Workshop, seed storage silo, tool and equipment storage
  • Designated a Maryland Green Center by the Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education