Planning and Funding
The San Gabriel River Discovery Center project enjoys support from educators, community groups and environmentalists—and is moving forward with $9,850,000 in contributions to create Stage One of the project—wetlands, trail improvement, re-planting of oaks and native trees and construction of classrooms for the EcoVoices scientific inquiry and education program. EcoVoices has brought thousands of urban youth to Whittier Narrows to explore nature and learn science and technology skills.
Contributors to Stage One development include Rivers and Mountains Conservancy , the largest urban state conservancy, Upper San Gabriel Municipal Water District; Central Basin Municipal Water District, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, which develop innovative waste water and waste-management systems; Sanitation Districts Supplemental Environment Project; Los Angeles County 1st District Supervisor Gloria Molina (retired).
Fundraising for the $10 million to complete Stage Two of the project is underway—it will create an interpretive center with state-of-the art exhibits to support an expanded EcoVoices program and provide a gathering place for residents from the San Gabriel Valley (and beyond) to learn about our watershed ecosystems and discuss our environmental future.
The project has attracted interest from private funders who support the vision of environmental education equity and access for all residents to investigate and enjoy the San Gabriel River watershed and be inspired to thoughtful and effective water use and ecosystem protection.
The San Gabriel River Discovery project is moving forward by under the direction of the Discovery Center Authority (a local alliance of public agencies known as a joint powers authority.) The San Gabriel River Discovery Center Foundation leads the economic support campaign.
As the economy rebounds from the recession, the Foundation continues to identify and involve private and public funding sources in the philanthropic and corporate communities to support the creation of the San Gabriel River Discovery Center and its revitalization work. Local water agencies have committed support for the education programs central to the Discovery Center vision and the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation will continue to oversee ongoing operations and maintenance of the site.
And YOU have an opportunity to be part of the project—click here to visit the San Gabriel River Discovery Center website and donate to support the vision of equitable environmental education and accessibility in Southern California.