Nature Discovery Center

Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Preserve,
Orange, Texas

Master Planning, Design, Fabrication,
Installation and Training

Shangri La”Learn to look” is the theme that drives the experiences for the Nature Discovery Center at Shangri La.

Hands On! designed the Discovery Center activities to support and broaden the educational offerings for elementary students and families elsewhere in the Gardens. Visitors observe, listen, touch and identify animals, plants, invertebrates and the larger ecological issues of the cypress-tupelo ecosystem. Activities are designed to promote conversation about environmental interconnections, emphasizing the idea that our everyday choices directly impact the natural world.

Hands On! also worked with C.W. Shaw, Lake/Flato Architects and Shangri La staff to select environmentally friendly fabrication materials, helping the entire project achieve a rare LEED Platinum certification.


 “After working with many designers, architects and contractors, I can say without reservation that Hands On! was by far the most professional group. Their designs were excellent, their service to both our organization and other contractors was exemplary, and most of all, they were always on time.”

Michael Hoke
Executive Director, Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Preserve


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