Great Lakes Aquarium breaks ground on new classrooms

By KBJR News 1

February 24, 2014 Updated Feb 24, 2014 at 8:17 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- The Great Lakes Aquarium is adding on to its educational program.

Officials broke ground today on the new "Discovery Center", a project that will transform an underused section of the aquarium into three new educational classrooms and a teacher resource center.

The project is expected to cost roughly 265-thousand dollars.

The Minnesota Power Foundation has committed 125-thousand dollars in gifts and grants to the project.

The aquarium sees around ten thousand school aged kids each year, and officials are excited to expand their educational program to provide more hands on learning.

"We're really excited about this opportunity to continue to grow our education program. We're really busting at the seams in our current classroom space. We see this as a great time to be strategic in how we redevelop some underused space in our facility," said Sarah Erickson, Education Director at the Great Lakes Aquarium.

Construction is officially expected to start this fall on the Discovery Center.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
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