Iain Nicolson Audubon Center

44450 Elm Island Road Gibbon NE 68840 308-468-5282

So......you say it's made of straw?

Bales are staggered as they are set in place,
just as you would with bricks.

The Iain Nicolson Audubon Center, set along the beautiful Platte River, is the second largest straw bale constructed building in the United States. This education/visitor center not only provides office space for the staff, but also has a classroom/conference room, educational displays, a viewing area of the river and much more. This multi-purpose building is available for rent for business meetings or special events.

Green Aspects of the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center


  • Jean material insulation
  • Straw bale insulation 
  • Foam insulation made from waste product left over from processing gasoline
  • High efficiency, operable windows
  • Closed loop geo-thermal heating and cooling system


  • Solar tube, skylights
  • Fluorescent lights

Reclaimed products 

  • Local cedar used as posts
  • 3x14 beams from old warehouse used in Great Hall
  • Recycled carpet


  • Sustainable harvested wood used where possible
  • Low flow toilets
  • Using low VOC paint
  • Buying locally whenever possible
  • Compost and recycling throughout area
  • Using an already disturbed site for building
  • Restoring land and xeriscaping
  • Permeable parking lots
  • Limited concrete used outside
  • Limited outdoor lighting

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