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Discovery Center Closed for Renovations


February 15, 2007
Thursday PM

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center will be closed to the public in order to renovate the lighting in the facility through April 6, 2007. The goal of the work is to provide improved lighting throughout the Discovery Center and to address electrical hazards. The facility lighting has several areas of concern and was deemed a priority for repairs by the US Forest Service whom manages the building.


Initially, the lighting replacement was to work around the Center's winter hours, but after work began it was determine to be a safety concern for the visiting public. The entire Discovery Center, with four exhibit rooms, and the Alaska Natural History Association bookstore outlet will be affected by the contract. The Center will reopen its doors Saturday, April 7, 2007 and return to its normal early spring hours of Thursday through Sundays 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Throughout the schedule work the Discovery Center staff will continue to provide limited services by addressing information requests on the Tongass National Forest and other Alaska Public Lands through the phone and Internet. Education programs will be available through outreach opportunities and guided walks on the Tongass National Forest. For information or to schedule an education program call the center at 907 228-6220 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday-Saturday.

The Discovery Center will continue to host the Friday Night Insight programs each week beginning at 7:00 pm. The evening programs are an institution to the community and the Learning Center located on the south end of the building will accommodate many of the guest speakers during the next month while work is being conducted in the building's auditorium.


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