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Tom Ridge Environmental Center, Erie

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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. The center has 65,000 square feet (6,039 m2) 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) that overlooks Lake Erie and Waldameer Park and Water World. 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.
The parking lot in front of the facility was previously occupied by a drive-in theater, the Peninsula, which opened in 1969 and closed in 2001 (five years before the environmental center opened)
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  • Visited the last Saturday of August. The center is conveniently located at the entrance to Presque Isle. Visiting the center is free, but they do accept donations at several locations at the... 
    Visited the last Saturday of August. The center is conveniently located at the entrance to Presque Isle. Visiting the center is free, but they do accept donations at several locations at the...  more »
  • We spent quite a while here, watching a film, checking out all the exhibits and information. We enjoyed going up the tower and getting a view of the area. Highly recommend it for families with... 
    We spent quite a while here, watching a film, checking out all the exhibits and information. We enjoyed going up the tower and getting a view of the area. Highly recommend it for families with...  more »
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  • This was such a fun stop! My kids love science and the environment and really loved the information here about different landscapes found on the island. It's free to visit. The observation deck has an elevator and is easily accessible. The nature playground was really fun too!
  • Wonderful experience, especially before going in to explore Presque Isle. You can learn all about the wildlife you might see in the park. The whole experience is completely free. There are indoor exhibits, an outdoor natural kids play space, and a tower with great views of the lake and surrounding areas.

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