Discovery Center Plans
Since its inception, planning of the Discovery Center has been a collaborative process linking numerous federal, state and local agencies in cooperation with public institutions and private groups. Planning is also an evolutionary process in which proposals are presented to the stakeholders, including the public, and comments are received, assessed, and used to revise the proposals.
The LEED Platinum Certified Discovery Center site and facilities will include hands-on exhibits, indoor classrooms, and a meeting area. The site will include outdoor classrooms and pathways with interpretive displays to enhance the learning experience within the natural setting.
There have been several significant steps during this process. The original concept for the Discovery Center was developed with a stakeholder group and included two indoor science classrooms as well as a larger exhibit space, totaling 18,000 square feet. As part of the Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Assessment process, the Discovery Center Authority chose to move forward with a smaller (14,000 square feet) alternative because it would have less environmental impact and would cost more than 20% less than the original design.
The current 14,000 square foot plans include one indoor science classroom, a multipurpose classroom, exhibit spaces, a large outdoor classroom overlooking the educational wetlands, and a more intimate open air classroom/amphitheater.