City of Fort Bragg, Ca. - Marine Science Institute

The Noyo Center for Science & Education at Fort Bragg


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The Noyo Center for Science & Education (Noyo Center) will serve as a cold water marine research center for the community college and State college system while educating the public (residents, school children, visitors) through exhibits, lectures, classes, and guided tours about the impacts that humans have on our marine and terrestrial environment and ways that we can work to improve conservation of these resources. The Noyo Center's primary goal is to foster activities promoting research and education that support ocean and coastal ecosystem restoration. Secondary goals are to develop education and research that support sustainable forestry and fishing practices, and to increase ocean and ecological literacy. The development program includes the Nature Center and Aquarium (6,100 SF) and Marine Research facilities (3,250 SF).

In 2010 the Noyo Center design won an award from the Redwood Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Noyo Center Property Acquistion Completed!

"Last week, escrow closed on the City's acquisition of 11½ acres from Georgia Pacific for future development of the Noyo Center for Science & Education. The property is located adjacent to the Noyo Headlands Park property on the southern part of the former mill site (near the City's wastewater treatment facility). The property was acquired with a "repayable" grant provided by the State Coastal Conservancy. The Fort Bragg Redevelopment Agency will repay the $288,000 grant over the next four years. The City, in collaboration with Sonoma State University (SSU), has developed conceptual plans for the Noyo Center project. The plans include the Noyo Discovery Center (which will provide a variety of interpretive exhibits to increase public understanding and knowledge of marine and coastal resources), a Marine Research Laboratory, support facility space, and temporary housing for marine researchers. In addition, the plans envision an exhibit space for the 72-foot blue whale skeleton that has been entrusted to the City. City acquisition of the Noyo Center property is a key hurdle that is now behind us in the ongoing efforts of the City, SSU and the State Coastal Conservancy to bring the Noyo Center project to fruition." City Hall Notes from the desk of Fort Bragg City Manager Linda Ruffing, December 1, 2011.

Award-Winning Noyo Center Schematic Designs - August 2010

2011 Noyo Center Documents

Noyo Center Archives

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