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Major fundraiser underway for Waterlife Discovery Center

Thoreau advised to “Build your castles in the air,” and, at first glance, plans for the Waterlife Discovery Center on Lakeshore Drive in Sagle seem to be as airy as that. Three and a half acres of developed, interpretive exhibits, 6.5 acres of forested wetland complete with trails and interpretive signs, plus an outdoor classroom, a fish viewing courtyard with viewing window, visitor docks, picnic areas and a living stream…. the list goes on. Yet this partnership between Idaho Fish and Game, the Idaho Wildlife Foundation and the local community is beginning to take shape and, in a major fundraising just launched, the project is set to “build your foundations under them,” fulfilling the final part of Thoreau’s admonishment.

In some ways, the fundraiser is a literal foundation for the project as the group is now offering local residents the opportunity to purchase a “Discovery” stone—a piece of slate, engraved with the donor’s name, that will be used to build the wall in the fish-viewing courtyard.

“It’s first-come, first-served,” said Paul Krames, a member of the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce Education Committee who is spreading his own enthusiasm all around the area in support of making the Center come alive. “The Waterlife Discovery Center is going to be a major attraction for this area and the viewing courtyard is a focal point in the facility. I consider it a privilege to be included in this unique project myself,” he added, “both as a former biology teacher and a parent. We expect the center will play a unique role in my kids’ lives as they grow.”

Sample stones are on display in various businesses throughout the area, and a first glimpse at the engraved stone engenders “oohs” and “aahs.” A dozen stones have already been reserved, and the total amount of stones available is limited. Cost is $150 for a stone with engraving up to 16 characters, and the stones are available to individuals and families only—other opportunities for businesses to support the Center will be made public through the summer. Construction of the viewing wall is expected to take place later this summer or early this fall. For more information, or to reserve a stone, call Mark Taylor at 208-769-1414. 

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Landon Otis

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Sagle, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Waterlife Discovery Center, Idaho Wildlife Foundation, Paul Krames

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