43201 35th St W, Lancaster, CA 93536
Wednesday, Saturday - Sunday
10 AM - 4 PM
The Elyze Clifford Interpretive Center phone number is (661) 723-6230. When the Center is closed, please call the Park Ranger Station at (661) 723-5928
hours of operation
The Interpretive Center is a very unique structure, as it is the first public building in the State of California to use straw bale construction. Straw bales are an extraordinary material for a building, a use for which they were never intended. To build the Interpretive Center, standard post and beam frames were constructed with stacked straw bales as fill-in. As the bales were stacked, they were threaded on steel rods (rebar) from top to bottom to keep them aligned.
Rods that joined the bales together and reinforced the wall system were bolted through a top wooden plate and tightened down to compress the walls after the roof was installed and to minimize settling. The walls were then stuccoed and covered with a plaster finish.
The Antelope Valley Chapter of the Audubon Society
The Antelope Valley Chapter of the Audubon Society meets on the second Tuesday of every month (except in the Summer months) at the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve in the Elyze Clifford Interpretive Center. Meetings begin at 7 pm.
The Audubon Society encourages community involvement through volunteer efforts and will provide new programs in addition to those currently available at the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve.
All interested residents are invited to attend the monthly meetings. For more information click here.