Tom Ridge Environmental Center

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The Tom Ridge Environmental Center

The Tom Ridge Environmental Center is a center on the grounds of Presque Isle State Park in Erie, Pennsylvania. Named after former Pennsylvania Governor and former U.S. Department of Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge, the center opened on 26 May 2006.[1] The center has 65,000 square feet (6,039 m2)[1] of space including interpretive exhibits highlighting local and regional flora and fauna, as well as information on the human history and culture of the area. The center also has a large-format movie theater, a gift shop, a cafe, a visitors center, and an observation tower of 75 feet (23 m) [1] that overlooks Lake Erie. The facility also has five conference rooms and eight laboratories for environmental education and research of supporting organizations, plus the administrative offices of several environmental and conservation groups and agencies.

The center was designed by Wallace, Roberts & Todd Architects, and received the 2007 American Society of Landscape Architects President's Award for design-build projects in Delaware and Pennsylvania.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c "Tom Ridge Environmental Center now open at Presque Isle in Erie". Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved 2007-09-18. 
  2. ^ "Tom Ridge Environmental Cente". Green Building Alliance. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 

Coordinates: 42°06′36″N 80°09′14″W / 42.1100°N 80.1540°W / 42.1100; -80.1540