Located just south of Children’s Garden Park at East Main and South Washington streets, the center offers the community free educational programming.
The center is designed to provide information and first-hand experience with factors impacting local water quality, including the importance of native plants, invasive plant species in Indiana and why it is critical to keep local creeks, streams and lakes clean.
Mayor Mark W. Myers says the city wanted a hands-on experience for students and citizens, something impactful to support traditional classroom learning.
“Students will be in the creek with instructors, pulling water quality samples, catching insects and learning about the importance of trees and plant life along the banks,” he said. “It’s an experience they won’t forget, but they’ll also have the why behind it.
“Environmental stewardship must be taught at an early age. These are the future caretakers of this planet, and it is essential we give them the information and tools to assume that responsibility. We also know the limitations of teacher budgets, so we made it free to use.”