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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, 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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TripAdvisor
  • This fairly new energy efficiency conscious building houses a variety of great displays about Presque Isle State Park and the natural world of the Presque Isle Peninsula. This is family oriented and t...  more »
  • The Visitor Center is right at the entrance of Presque Isle! You definitely want to stop in for sweeping views of the Lake Erie from their FREE Lookout Tower! You also have a nice view of the expansiv...  more »
  • While we stopped for a bite at the cafe, which we find worth visiting in itself, we plan to bring the grand-kids next time we come up from Pittsburgh. So much to do and I also find the exhibits and di...  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