|Details of the straw bale construction of the Interpretive Center|
And, there is a Nebraska connection - below is a photo of their Visitor Center, which is constructed of straw bales - an excellent choice for the heat of the Mojave Desert. Using straw bales as construction material first started in Nebraska in the 1880's.
It looked to me like the Preserve is well utilized by locals running and walking the trails, but it is great for visitors too.
Of course, it always makes me wonder what other small towns could do with what they have to make life better for their residents and to attract visitors.