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Publication Date

Spring 6-2018


Environmental education, Interpretation, Tennant Lake


This project focuses on the Tennant Lake Interpretive Center that has been closed due to budget cuts since 2008. Whatcom County Parks (WCP), who owns the facility, is planning on remodeling the interior of the interpretive center to make the building more rentable as a facility, but plans on keeping some educational materials (J. Jacoby, interview, June 3, 2018). The purpose of this project is to explore the needs of potential stakeholders who would benefit from the re-opening of the interpretive center as an environmental education site, including local school districts and community members. Additionally, this project’s goal is to assess the feasibility of re-opening the center and to document the history of the Tennant Lake Interpretive Center site, which has not been done comprehensively to date. As both an under-utilized facility and a cherished historical community landmark, the Tennant Lake Interpretive Center has a lot to offer. However, there are many steps that must be taken if it is re-opened, and a lot of connections that must be made for it to be as successful as it once was, or even more so. These needs were analyzed by conducting a series of interviews with key community members who were involved with the site, are potential stakeholders to the site, or have a background with similar environmental education programs. What these interviews have shown is that there is a need for interactive environmental education opportunities within Whatcom county, but opening the center would require a commitment to supporting environmental education on behalf of Whatcom County Parks, a revised budgeting plan, and a collaboration between WCP and local school districts to ensure that the needs of the teachers would be adequately met by the curriculum.


Environmental Sciences

Subjects - Topical (LCSH)

Environmental education--Washington (State)--Whatcom County

Subjects - Names (LCNAF)

Tennant Lake Interpretive Center

Geographic Coverage

Whatcom County (Wash.)


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