New Visitor Center Coming to Superior

Superior to Get New Visitor Center

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The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve bought the red building on Marina Drive about four years ago and now they’re working on turning it into a visitor center.

With a $324,000 grant from NOAA they’ll add engaging and interactive exhibits that will tell the story of the St. Louis River Estuary.

Stories will be about everything from what’s being done to protect it to the challenges that lie ahead.

“To understand the significance of this place both in our own community, for people who are just passing through and have no idea,” Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve education coordinator Deanna Erickson said. “I think it will really help people to connect here and see it for what it is, as a really important resource for all of us and everything that lives here.”

Some of the 3,000 square foot building will be used as a conference center and meeting space for community groups and agencies working on the river.

Renovations will start early this fall and take about two years to complete

Whether it will be free or low cost admission is still being worked out.

The project will create jobs and volunteering opportunities.

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