Future Environmental Education Center In Kemah Aims To Teach Visitors About Galveston Bay

The Galveston Bay Foundation’s new site will include an exhibit space for visitors, inside and outside classrooms, and laboratories for water quality sampling.


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The Galveston Bay Foundation broke ground Tuesday on Phase I of its new headquarters and educational center in Kemah.

The Gessner Center will be part of a 30-acre land space that extends from Highway 146 to the bay.

It will feature an exhibit space for visitors, event space for rent, inside and outside classrooms, and laboratories for water quality sampling.

Bob Stokes, president of the foundation, said the goal of the public portion of the center will be to educate people on the benefits of Galveston Bay and how to preserve it.

"It's a quality of life asset for Houston when people can come to Galveston Bay and swim in the bay and fish in the bay and not worry about getting sick, assuming that there is clean water in there, which is what we're working for," he said.

He hopes it will inspire visitors to sign up to volunteer for the Galveston Bay Foundation and also take measures at home to improve water quality, such as not pouring grease into the drain, which can back up pipes and lead to sewage in the bayous and the bay.

Phase I of the development includes the land purchase, relocation of staff and restoration of the shoreline.

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