September 26, 2017

Public invited to grand opening of the Lake Superior Estuarium

The public is invited to the grand opening of the Lake Superior Estuarium on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 3 Marina Drive on Barker’s Island in Superior.

The public is invited to the grand opening of the Lake Superior Estuarium on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 3 Marina Drive on Barker’s Island in Superior.

Coinciding with National Estuaries Day, the grand opening is free and open to the public

A new destination is coming to Superior with the grand opening of the Lake Superior Estuarium on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 3 Marina Drive on Barker’s Island. The public is invited to explore this new, free exhibit hall operated by the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve and learn about the St. Louis River Estuary and Lake Superior’s natural and human history through interactive exhibits, short movies, games and a children’s play area.

“The Reserve has worked for over two years to develop and produce exhibits that engage people with the place where we live,” said Deanna Erickson, Education Coordinator with the Reserve. “The St. Louis River is remarkable and unique, and we are telling a hopeful story of restoration and research here. I believe we have built a space that is enjoyable and accessible to everyone, including young children. We see the Estuarium as creating a draw to Superior. It will provide both an educational and an economic benefit.”

The exhibits feature photographs taken by David Bowman, an independent photographer with National Geographic Creative, along with stories of residents in the region. The floor of the hall has been transformed into a giant map of the St. Louis River Estuary, and walls feature large-scale photographic murals of places such as Wisconsin Point and Superior Bay. The children’s area also features a mural of Pokegama Bay painted by local artist Adam Swanson. Several exhibits include text in Ojibwe language.

The creation of the Lake Superior Estuarium was funded by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with matching funds provided by the University of Wisconsin-Extension and additional support from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. The exhibits were designed and constructed by Wilderness Graphics Inc. in Tallahassee, Fla. Additional design was provided by the UW-Extension Environmental Resources Center and staff at the Lake Superior Reserve.

An opening ceremony and ribbon cutting will take place at 1:30 p.m. with light refreshments served after. Coinciding with National Estuaries Day, the grand opening is free and open to the public.

For the winter season, the Estuarium will be open on Fridays from 2:30 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit lakesuperiorreserve.org for holiday hours and additional information.

The public is invited to the grand opening of the Lake Superior Estuarium on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 3 Marina Drive on Barker’s Island in Superior.

The public is invited to the grand opening of the Lake Superior Estuarium on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 3 Marina Drive on Barker’s Island in Superior.

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