Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center at Point Reyes National Seashore
Research Learning Centers have been developed to facilitate science and research efforts and provide educational opportunities for the American people to gain new knowledge about the national parks. Learning Centers are field stations for collaborative research activities, providing researchers with laboratory, office, and dormitory facilities. Each center's education specialist will work with park interpreters and partners to make new information about park resources available to the public. Learning centers will also provide hands-on learning experiences for people of all ages, connecting the learner and the researcher.
Learning Centers are a part of the Natural Resource Challenge, a strategic long-term approach to the management and care of the nation's most precious resources found within the over 390 parks in the National Park System. The Challenge started as a five-year action plan to expand the National Park System's ability to inventory, monitor, and care for the historical and natural resources under its care.
Eighteen Research Learning Centers have been established as of 2018. Each of these centers is strategically placed at key areas across the country. The hope is that a system of 32 learning centers nationwide will eventually be established.
For questions regarding the Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center, please contact:
Ben Becker, Ph.D.
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