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Tom Ridge Environmental Center, Erie

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4.3/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web
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, it opened on 26 May 2006. The center has 65,000 square feet 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 offers a large-format movie theater, gift shop, a cafe, a visitors center, and an observation tower of 75 feet that overlooks Lake Erie. The facility also includes five conference rooms and eight laboratories for environmental education and research of supporting organizations, plus the administrative offices of 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.
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  • Nice new place in Erie to view exhibits and interactive activities about the local environment including birds, fish and other animals in the local area. We were there in the morning and it was not cr...  read more »
  • The Tom Ridge Centre is a nice stop going to or coming from the Presque Isle State Park - it is only a half mile away . First, it is free! Second, parking is easy and pleasant. Third, the contents of ...  read more »
  • With a little extra time on our hands while in Erie we saw the signs for the Tom Ridge Environmental Center and decided to check it out. First nice surprise was that the Center is free. Upon entering ...  read more »
  • Quite disappointed. Reading about this place sounded really neat to visit. It after being there it it was big let down. This kind of place falls right in place along my career field but just thought so much more could be done. Such a large building yet a lot of wasted space and energy to maintain it. Probably considered the worst environmental center I have ever visited.
  • Attended the composting workshop at the Fairview Twp building last evening. Brittany, Jessica and Nate conducted an interesting, informative and organized evening (with a couple chuckles thrown in!). It was nice to see so many in attendance. Provided much food for thought. Keep up the excellence!
  • Wonderful area. Lots to see and do
  • Great environmental education center for all types of people. They are the center for Presque Isle State Park. One of the most unique natural areas in Pennsylvania.
  • Great learning center plan to go back soon
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