The National Loon Center (NLC) is estimated to be constructed in 2022 in Crosslake,
Minnesota. The purpose of this educational center is to have visitors experience, educate,
and engage with the common loon and the greater northern lakes of Minnesota. The
physical space will combine a series of indoor and outdoor educational exhibits to educate
individuals about the loons and lakes and how they can make a positive impact within their
natural environment. A detailed description is available via the National Loon Center
Master Plan (Singh & Polacek, 2018).
The Schematic Design for the National Loon Center and the Northern Lakes Initiative
serves to translate the abstract educational idea of the National Loon Center into a
physical layout. This report outlines a series of educational exhibits that focus on two
main subjects: the common loon and the northern lakes of Minnesota. Each of the
twenty-two exhibits features five sub-sections: narrative, Description of the Display,
Goals and Outcomes, Storyline and Content, and Expansion Opportunities. These
individual sections serve to ground each exhibit within the overall educational experience
of the National Loon Center. Each exhibit is designed to recognize seven considerations
that are foundational to the National Loon Centers mission and vision: Technology,
Flexibility, Sustainability, Place-centric Design, Citizen Science, Cost, and Inclusivity.
Prepared in partnership with University of Minnesota Extension, Central Regional Sustainable
Development Partnership, National Loon Center Foundation, Brainerd Lakes Chamber
of Commerce, Center for Sustainable Building Research, Whitefish Area Property
Owners Association, Crosslakers, National Loon Center, Environment and Natural
Resources Trust Fund, National Freshwater Institute, Initiative Foundation,
Sourcewell, and Crow Wing County Lakes and Rivers Alliance by the Community Assistantship Program (CAP), which is administered by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota.
National Loon Center & Northern Lakes Initiative Schematic Design.
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