Governor Kathy Hochul marked State Climate Week by opening the $8.3 million Environmental Education and Resiliency Center at Hempstead Lake State Park in Nassau County last month.
The 8,000-square-foot center offers hands-on learning on the topics of storm resiliency and environmental management; provides space for community outreach; and serves as an emergency coordination center during disaster response.
The center is part of a $35 million park-wide project to reduce flood risk, improve water quality and enhance recreational access along the Mill River corridor as part of Rebuild by Design — Living with the Bay, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The Center includes community space for environmental education, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and community organizations. The Nassau County Law Enforcement Explorer Program, run by the Nassau County Police Department, plans to use the Center for local community outreach, combating gang violence positively engaging young people through mentoring and education.
Photo of Environmental Education and Resiliency Center provided.