Fox Run Nature Center Concept

El Paso County is home to the State of Colorado’s first and oldest nature center. They know nature centers well. Adding to its public engagement, the county selected Studio Tectonic and TDG Architecture, based in Colorado Springs, to develop concepts for a new nature center in the county’s northern reaches. At Fox Run Regional Park, in the shadows of the Palmer Divide and Black Forest ecosystem, the nature center is a strong departure from the ordinary. The design of the nature center’s buildings is interpretive at its heart. Studio Tectonic was tasked with leading experience through three distinct approaches. Fox Run’s landscape is a young Ponderosa pine forest, and the nature center embraces the growth, topography, and habitats.

The visitor experience at Fox Run Nature Center balances between engaging indoor interpretation that reveals and celebrates the adjacent natural setting and expanding visitors’ understanding and care for the quality of the forest and the greater ecosystem in which it exists. It encourages visitors to use their experiences to explore the nature center’s messaging. 

Client

El Paso County Parks

Location

El Paso County, CO


Categories

Exhibition

Land Use

Master Planning

Parks and Open Space

Science | Natural History | Technology


Partners

TDG Architecture (Prime Contractor)
Tapis Associates

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