SUPERIOR - UW Superior unveiled a new resource that is available to help further education.
The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve showed off their facility at the ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday.
There are only two estuarine research facilities on the Great Lakes, so this is a great opportunity for students and the community.
The new facility now occupies two buildings on Barker's Island.
They now offer a dock side laboratory, class rooms, and easy access to lake samples.
They say the building helps them to engage the community in learning about our water sources.
Reserve manager, Erika Washburn said, "Being right here with this easy access, with both of our docks and our research boat, being able to get on the water, it's a really important piece for us. We deal with everything related to this estuary on a daily basis."
Because the research reserve is connected with UW Superior students are able to volunteer there and engage in hands–on learning.
One student told us, that volunteering at the center helped to change his focus, and increase his love for field work as well as environmental studies.
Chemistry major, Joseph Ripley said, "I know now that I'd rather be out in the field more than in a lab or at a computer."
The reserve is open to members of the public and they'd love to help folks get more educated on wetlands, fish and plants.