Saint Edward State Park Environmental Education and Research Center

St. Edward EERC

St. Edward State Park

Environmental Education and Research Center

 

St Edward State Park Environmental Education and Research Center logo - douglas fir with circle textAbout

The St. Edward State Park Environmental Education and Research Center (EERC) is a regional research and education hub that will provide field learning and environmental research opportunities for K-12 students, local colleges, and neighboring communities. The EERC will be housed in a space developed by Daniels Real Estate, LLC as part of the renovation of the St. 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 St. Edward State Park as a living laboratory and outdoor classroom. The EERC will provide evidenced-based science programs to connect and inspire a diverse community of park visitors and environmental stewards.

 

History

St. Edward State Park is among the most heavily used location of Washington’s State Parks. Its boundaries contain mature, second growth forest, meadow habitat in natural ball fields, two designated wetlands, two streams emanating from these wetlands which flow through the park into the lake, and the longest remaining stretch of undeveloped frontage on Lake Washington.

Originally inhabited by the Coast Salish, the forests of St. Edward State Park were owned by the Catholic Archdiocese who built and ran a seminary between 1929 and 1976. Washington State Parks acquired the property, including the seminary building, pool and gymnasium, in 1977. The park was acquired with Land and Water Conservation Funds for the benefit of the public.

In 2017, Washington State Parks signed a 62-year lease with 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.

 

A Research-Driven Partnership

The St. Edward State Park EERC represents a unique partnership between Washington State Parks and the University of Washington (UW) Bothell. St. Edward State Park provides a landscape of diverse habitats that serve as living classrooms and laboratories, a place to experience and teach about ecosystems right in our backyard. UW Bothell brings academic and research expertise to field environmental programs grounded in research, formative evaluation, interpretation, and community science.

Gym Annex brick building, future site of Environmental Education and Research Center
Photo: Gym Annex, future site of Environmental Education and Research Center.

 

Committees

There are two committees participating in the development of the Environmental Education and Research Center. View committee lists and meeting minutes.