McClellan Ranch Preserve, located on the site of a ranch dating from the 1870s, is an 18-acre City of Cupertino park that hosts the City’s environmental education programs. Students of all ages gather at the new Environmental Education Center (EEC) before heading out to Stevens Creek or the meadow to make observations, gather data and perform experiments. The preserve also houses the local 4-H Club, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society and a large community garden.
The EEC houses classrooms, a library, and offices and is designed to work in concert with the historic buildings to shape an outdoor activity area for large groups. Smaller groups can gather on the EEC’s covered porch and stadium steps. The classrooms open out to the porch and a large outdoor room in the crook of the L-shaped building.
The butterfly roof demonstrates the program’s commitment to environmental stewardship. Water collected from the roof is directed into tanks at either end of the building, and the south-facing roof, located on the sunniest area of the site, is topped with a photovoltaic system that provides most of the EEC’s electricity.