Environmental Science Center At Seahurst Park Opening In October
In just a little less than a month, the new Environmental Science Center at Seahurst Park will open it’s doors to the public and celebrate the completion of a $1.3 million project to establish a permanent facility for the non-profit organization.
Since their founding in 2000, the Environmental Science Center (ESC) has partnered with schools in South King County and organizations such as New Futures and Para Los Niños to provide hands-on learning at local beaches, forests and streams. Last year the ESC engaged more than 9,000 students.
The new ESC facility at Seahurst Park is the culmination of the organization’s goal to establish a natural learning center where students can participate in hands-on environmental projects and field experiences. The City of Burien’s plan for Seahurst Park includes a focus on environmental education and stewardship for the north end of the 169 acre park.
To achieve this shared vision, the ESC and city signed a cooperative agreement in 2002 that provided the ESC with a 30-year renewable lease on the Seahurst Park Caretaker’s Cottage. The agreement allowed the ESC to remodel the building and operate it as an environmental learning center.
The construction included installation of an ADA-compliant lift and bathrooms, a mudroom at the entrance, and the use of environmentally friendly materials such as bamboo flooring and counter tops made from recycled glass.
With the completion of this new facility, the ESC’s naturalists will finally have their own physical classroom with microscopes, a hydrophone, science displays and a Smart Board.
The Environmental Science Center at Seahurst Park will host the public at a grand opening on October 23 from noon to 4:00 pm. The ESC building is located on the beach north of the turning circle at Seahurst Park.
BTB photographer Michael Brunk recently visited the ESC and shot the following behind-the-scenes photos. You can click individual thumbnails to view them larger.