SMOOE Straw Bale Building

Architect

Tosh Drake

Contractor

Tosh Drake

Location

La Honda, CA

Taylor & Syfan engineered the straw bale building for the San Mateo Outdoor Education Program. SMOOE has offered 5th and 6th graders a weeklong residential environmental education at Jones Gulch in La Honda for the past 32 years, teaching more 130,000 students in that time. An integral part of the program is the Sustainable Living Center where students get hands-on lessons in organic gardening, composting and greenhouse activities.