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Tom Ridge Environmental Center, Erie
(4.4/5 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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  • If you want to learn about the Presque Isle area, it is really interesting. There is a great 15 minute movie about the peninsula. The children's area is small, but quite interactive. We watched a very...  more »
  • Very nice Info Center with observation tower. Free admission. The kids have gotten even a guided tour to the basin with the young fish. Great device which explains everything around the Lake.
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  • An amazing place to go to learn about the environment of Presque Isle and Lake Erie. It's a great educational trip, great for everyone, those from the area and those visiting from out of town. I live ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Love climbing the tower to view lake Erie and Waldemar