Ground Broken For New Environmental Learning Center

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Manning shovels at the Environmental Learning Center groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday were (L to R) Burien Mayor Joan McGilton, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Georgette Valle, State House Rep. Sharon Nelson, State Rep. Tina Orwall, ESC Board President Kerry Lohr, ESC Director Julie Burr, and Burien Parks Director Michael Lafreniere.

Ground was broken Tuesday afternoon (June 23rd) by numerous local and state dignitaries for Burien’s new world-class, state-of-the-art Environmental Learning Center, located at the Seahurst Park beach.

This new facility will replace the current “caretaker’s cottage” building, and will serve as a learning center where children and educators can come together to learn to understand, appreciate and protect precious natural resources, especially Puget Sound.

This future Environmental Learning Center will also be a gathering place in a stunning setting for Burien.

The City of Burien has granted a 30-year lease to remodel the old caretaker’s cottage into a state of the art facility, which will also serve as a model for green building techniques.

The mission of the Environmental Science Center is to promote environmental stewardship, sustainability and academic achievement through science based environmental education.

For more information, or to make a donation to the Capital Campaign, please visit the ESC website.

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