The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) announced today that they’re wrapping up their design and funding for their Coastal Discovery Center at South Beach and are planning to begin construction of their project in the Spring of next year. They say it’ll be complete by Spring of 2016.
Omsi officials say that the last bit of funding is aimed at raising money for scholarships for kids and their families who will get a first hand look at the camp’s delivery of ocean and shore education, stewardship and exposure to marine science careers in a compelling way. Scholarships will be available to Lincoln County families as well. The Oregon Community Foundation has put up $50,000 toward the $100,000 goal for the scholarships. Those who donate will have their gift matched dollar for dollar until the $100,000 goal is attained.
The camp will be very close to the NOAA Pacific Marine Headquarters, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon Coast Community College, a new Oregon State University campus at Newport and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Opportunities for inquiring young minds abound while “camping out” with OMSI at their new facility. It provides 156 student beds, staff housing, classrooms and part of the construction entails restoring coastal dunes, trees and native plants. It’s estimated that over the course of a year, the center will accommodate upwards of 5,000 visitors from various school groups and families.
Again, construction begins in spring of next year with opening in the spring of 2016.