The du Pont Environmental Education Center (DEEC) is located along the Christina River and on the edge of the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is 212 acres of freshwater tidal marsh adjoining the Christina River and is home to a diverse set of wildlife. The DEEC is open to the public year-round and features a Visitor Center with panoramic river and marsh views, a 10-acre ornamental garden, a quarter-mile handicap-accessible pond loop extending into the marsh, and trailhead access. This four story heavy timber framing construction overlooks the Peterson Marsh and serves as an education facility for the local urban wildlife. It includes classrooms, multi-purpose areas, a catering area, viewing decks, and a boardwalk.
One of the primary goals was to transform the ecological and environmental conditions of the marsh so that wildlife like birds, fish, marsh animals, and native foliage would return to the area. The water flowing into the marsh is now controlled through a series of stop log structures and precast concrete locks that allow for an even flow of water.
Green elements beyond the marsh restoration include: Photovoltaic technology, timber from local sources, low VOC paints, passive solar design, lighting controls and wheatboard paneling, infrastructure for a wind turbine, and a solar panel array.
Becker Morgan Group
Grieves Worrall Wright & O' Hatnick
RK & K
Mahaffy & Associates