The James Learning Center

The James Learning Center houses the Benson Family Nature Store, our administrative offices, and the Kieckhefer Classroom (seats 100 theater-style and 80 classroom style with tables).

In our attempt to live and model our values we built a campus that showcases environmentally sound building techniques including passive and active solar energy, water collection systems, a constructed wetlands waste management system, and drought-tolerant landscaping. The complete development of our campus has been based on minimal impact and sustainable building practices. The James Learning Center has achieved a Gold Rating from the U.S. Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification program. The LEED Rating System is a set of guidelines that evaluates environmental performance and provides a definitive standard to measure and document our green building goals.

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Benson Family Nature Store

Highlands Center for Natural History Gift Shop – a wonderful assortment of unique nature-related books, guides, apparel, and gifts for all ages.

It is the perfect place to get that special treat for any outdoor enthusiast. A wonderful array of children’s items are offered, designed to stimulate an interest to explore nature. For adults, exclusive naturally-scented shea butters and scrubs, Ecor designed holiday ornaments, jewelry and many apparel choices are offered.

A family membership also makes a great gift and all members get 10% off purchases throughout the year. Because it is a nonprofit organization there is no sales tax, and all proceeds benefit the Highlands Center’s nature-based education programs that reach over 10,000 children and adults annually.

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Venue Rentals

From weddings to company meetings, we have different venue rentals to meet your needs!