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Conservation Issues of the Ventana Chapter | monterey county

July 12 Groundbreaking for National Marine Sanctuary Center

June 2010
Marine Sanctuary Center

Construction will begin on the long-awaited Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center at a groundbreaking ceremony on July 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Center will be built at Pacific and Beach Streets near the Wharf in Santa Cruz, a location selected after a two-year study of 23 sites. Representative Sam Farr and Dr. Larry Robinson, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, will be featured speakers at the groundbreaking.

The Marine Sanctuary Center will feature dynamic, interactive exhibits for both children and adults, a wide-screen theater, and a hands-on geology lab. Visitors will receive practical information about how to preserve the Sanctuary’s natural resources with emphasis on the interconnectedness of sea life and impacts of land-based human activity.

A goal of the Center is to have visitors come in the door as ocean lovers, and go out the door wise ocean stewards, helping to preserve Monterey Bay and the ocean for generations to come.

The building itself will conform to LEED Green Building standards of silver or better.

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