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New Environmental Learning Center Under Construction At Seahurst; Funding Help Still Needed

by Mark Neuman [1]

Construction continues on the new Environmental Learning Center located at the north end of Seahurst Park.

“The vision of the Environmental Science Center (ESC) is to construct a world-class, state-of-the-art Learning Center,” said Jan Glick, ESC Executive Director. “The framing is almost done. As the fall comes in it’ll be sealed up and roofed. To finish the project we still have to raise an additional $350,000.”

From the ESC’s website:

“The new Learning Center will be constructed on the former site of the Caretakers’s Cottage, and will be built to include many green features. It will be located conveniently next to a freshwater stream, .7 mile of saltwater waterfront, plus 178 acres of forested trails which all will be incorporated into ESC’s curriculum.

In addition, the Learning Center will accommodate two full classrooms (fifty person capacity) of students or community groups for environmental educational programs.”

Another $350,000 is needed to complete the new building.

Target date for building completion is April 2010.

“We have raised about $950,000 going back to 2001,” Glick said. “We need to raise another $350,000 to pay for the $1.3 million project.

“We are in discussions with several foundations and corporations in Washington state. We are optimistic we will be raising some significant portion of the needed $350,000 from institutional donors.”

But the probable size of those potential grants still leaves a gap between realized and needed funds.

“The other thing that is happening right now is that the price tag on the project is $100,000 lower than first estimated a few years ago. This is due to the current soft construction economy,” Glick said. “We are now receiving lower bids from various contractors.

“This combination of interest from institutional funders and the lower cost is providing us an opportunity to finish off the fundraising.”

This is where area residents can help, Glick points out.

“We are making an appeal to the community now to make donations and help open up to the public this community asset. It’s a great community asset. It will be open to the public. It will be free.

“We serve over 10,000 kids a year, mostly from the Highline School District but also from all over the Puget Sound area.

Groundbreaking ceremonies took place June 23rd.

“We’ll have indoor demonstrations and exhibits. It is located right next door to the Marine Technology Center and its salmon hatchery.”

The ESC also offers naming and recognition opportunities for Learning Center donors. Contact the ESC office for further information.

The ESC is a 501(c)3 organization and contributions are tax deductible.

For online donation information go to:

www.envsciencecenter.org [2]

Then click “Capital Campaign” on the left hand side.

Or call 206-517-5199 and talk to Jan Glick directly.

Mailing Address:

Environmental Science Center
126 SW 148th Street
Suite C100-170
Burien, WA 98166


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