Friends of Second Marsh is actively engaged in planning for the construction of the Great Lakes Wetlands Centre to be located on a site located immediately adjacent to Second Marsh on Colonel Sam Drive between General Motors of Canada Ltd. corporate offices and Darlington Provincial Park.

See the drawings (.pdf) of the Great Lakes Wetlands Centre by Diamond and Schmitt Architects.

The Centre will:

  • serve as a valuable link to heighten consciousness of our connection to the natural world

  • provide excellent opportunities to generate sustainable revenue for Friends' programs

  • be a valuable tourist attraction for the Region with a proposed visitorship of 138,000 students, tourists and community visitors annually, and

  • provide educational, environmental and economic benefits to the region.

The Great Lakes Wetlands Centre will feature modern, wheelchair accessible indoor facilities, dioramas and interactive displays. Visitors to the Centre will enjoy detailed exhibits, a wildlife gallery, hands-on activities and much more.

For local residents and nature enthusiasts, the Centre will offer a full schedule of educational programming and specialty workshops that will attract visitors to the Centre again and again.

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