The ecological diversity and richness of the North Coast region is now on full display with the Opening of the North Coast Ecology Centre at the Lax Süüda Container Marketplace along the Promenade below Pacific Mariners Memorial Park.
Last week we outlined some of the details of the newest space for locals and visitors to explore, which came together through a partnership of the NCECS and the Community Investment Fund at the Prince Rupert Port Authority.
An update today on the launch of the new showcase on the Promenade highlights how the container project builds on the success of NCECS’ previous collaboration with PRPA to operate a Pop-up Aquarium inside PRPA’s Northland Cruise Terminal in summer 2021, which welcomed 3,200 visitors over the course of 16 days.
The popularity of that initial public exhibit helped strengthen the partnership between the two organizations and reinforce the value and viability of this new education facility and what it offers to the community.
The total cost for developing the new North Coast Ecology Centre project was $66,684, including $33,342 from the Community Investment Fund.
The new Ecology Centre features hands-on exhibits and static displays that highlight local terrestrial, marine, and freshwater species and their habitats, and explains some of the conservation efforts taken to protect them.
Visitors will be able to see local flora and fauna up close in professionally designed aquariums and terrariums set up inside the container. On high-traffic days, some displays will be brought outdoors, where both volunteers and staff will help people of all ages learn about what makes Pacific north coast ecosystems unique.