What will the new Natural Resource Center provide?

ECONOMIC BENEFITS:

  • NEW LOCATION makes the Refuge accessible to the community and visitors
  • MAJOR tourist destination
  • Increase of VISITORS to 200,000 annually
  • ECONOMIC IMPACT of refuge recreation activities estimated at $2.2 million/year

COMMUNITY BENEFITS:

  • Accessible hiking trails with EVENTUAL CONNECTION to the Discovery Trail, and STATE and NATIONAL PARKS
  • Large space FOR EVENTS – seating over 150
  • Essential emergency ASSEMBLY area for earthquakes/tsunamis
  • Resource-efficient building aiming to be LEED-CERTIFIED

EDUCATION BENEFITS:

  • Large space indoors and outdoors for LECTURES, MEETINGS, and EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
  • NATURE, art, and history exhibits
  • Promotion of our UNIQUE natural and cultural history
  • Nature exploration and play areas

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