Phase One Project Overview
This area, previously used for agriculture, will now provide important habitat to birds that migrate through here each year. Improvements will include new ponds and restored vegetation – valuable enhancements for waterfowl, shorebirds and other wetland-dependent wildlife.
With the goal of creating future stewards of the planet, the Center will give children and students a place not just to learn about this environment, but to explore it, which is how children learn best. There will be interactive bird, plant and wildlife identification apps using electronic technology, dipping ponds where they can gather and examine invertebrates that are vital to the marsh, and nature hikes.
The Walk in the Marsh will offer access for visitors. Stretching almost a mile and taking visitors deep into the wetlands, the Walk will be an extensive series of winding paths with interpretive displays and raised boardwalks featuring viewing hides for bird and wildlife watching. A kayak launch area will offer opportunities for visitors who want to experience nature from the water. Photographers will have several options to take great images from several vantage points provided throughout the property.
EDUCATION CENTER PROJECT OVERVIEW
The beautiful Education Center, a 28,000-square-foot building, will complement the visual character of the grassland surroundings next to the Walk in the Marsh by giving visitors more in-depth information about the Center’s programs and partners.
The Education Center will be the main entrance to the Center. It is here where guests will discover displays and kiosks showcasing wildlife and conservation. The Education Center will feature both interpretive and interactive exhibits that will delight and fascinate visitors. Some examples of these include bird identification and migration, a history of the Suisun Marsh, conservation of wetlands and the significance of wetlands in a healthy ecosystem.
Also included in the Education Center will be a media room, a café and administrative offices. The Center will offer a beautiful location and backdrop for events such as fundraisers, galas, weddings, conferences, corporate meetings.