The Saint Edward State Park Environmental Education and Research Center (EERC) is regional research and education hub that will provide field learning and environmental research opportunities to K-12 students, local colleges, and neighboring communities. The EERC will be housed in space developed by Daniels Real Estate, LLC as part of its renovation of the Saint Edward Seminary building. In addition to more than 1,000 square feet of classroom and meeting space, the learning center will use the 326 acres of Saint Edward State Park as a living laboratory and outdoor classroom.
As a park-based learning center, the EERC has the opportunity to provide environmental education to local students from a wide range of backgrounds, research and mentorship for undergraduate and graduate studies, faculty lectures, community-led habitat restoration, and more.
The Saint Edwards State Park EERC planning process is a joint project of Washington State Parks and the University of Washington-Bothell.
The Saint Edward State Park EERC will host the first of three public meetings on Wednesday, January 23 at Finn Hill Middle School in Kirkland. This meeting is designed to introduce the EERC to neighboring communities and collect public input around planning for the new learning center. Community members are invited to be a part of planning and visioning for the Saint Edwards EERC.
Opportunities for public comment will be available at the meeting; public comment also may be provided electronically via the SESP-EERC web site. This is the first of three meetings that will be held from January to April 2019, as the planning process unfolds. For more information, contact StEdward@uw.edu.
About Saint Edward State Park
Saint Edward is the among the most heavily used of Washington’s state parks. Its forested hills, undeveloped shoreline, and wetlands are home to bats, owls, woodpeckers, and other wildlife. Its trails attract walkers, trail runners and mountain bike users year-round.
The former Saint Edward Seminary, now listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, is currently being renovated by Daniels Real Estate, LLC, a private development firm specializing in historic preservation. The building will open as an 82-room lodge in 2020, with a portion of the space developed to house the St Edward Environment and Education Research Center.