Wildcat hills nature center

Location: Gering, NE

Year completed: 2015

Project cost: $1.8 M

sqft: 14,000 sf

Situated atop the unique Wildcat Hills in Western Nebraska is the Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area (1,094 acres) and surrounding 30,000 acres of the Wildcat Hills Wildlands recently open for public use. The existing Nature Center is the hub for all outdoor and education activities for the area with many trail heads and access roads originating at the Center. With the additional use and need for museum and classroom space, it was decided that the only option was to expand and remodel the existing facilities.

The new addition to the Wildcat Hills Nature Center more than doubled the existing space to over 13,000 sf, allowing for multiple museum collections to be displayed, dedicated educational space, additional staff offices, and a large multipurpose room for events, meetings, and large school groups. This multi-purpose room is on the third floor, with unobstructed views of the surroundings and Platte Valley below, offering a unique location for any gathering.