Breaking Ground at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center

Imagine being able to see a national marine sanctuary up close and explore its many underwater treasures without even getting your feet wet.

On Monday, July 12, officials from Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the City of Santa Cruz, California, will break ground on a Sanctuary Exploration Center where you’ll be able to do just that.

The 12,600 sq. ft. Center will be built just steps from the ocean at Santa Cruz’s Beach Boardwalk and will feature interactive exhibits, classroom space, and an environmentally sensitive LEED-certified design. Construction on the Exploration Center will begin in fall of 2010, with a grand opening scheduled for summer 2012.

The Foundation is conducting a $3 million “Sea Beyond the Beach” Capital Campaign to support state-of-the-art, interactive interpretive exhibits that will help visitors understand the issues impacting the marine ecosystem and encourage them to act as individuals to protect our nation’s underwater treasures. To help support this important work, simply click the “donate” button below.

For more information about the Exploration Center Capital Campaign, contact Mark DiOrio via email.

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