“This generous donation from HMDC will help us to bring our centre to another level,” says centre chairwoman chairperson Yvonne Harris.
“We have plans to update and expand our exhibit and offer more programming to students in the region.”
The centre opened in 2006 and houses a “Trapped in Time” exhibit which includes a collection of fossils and interactive activities. It tells the story of the fossil find at the Fortune Head Ecological Reserve.
“Hibernia is a strong supporter of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational initiatives,” says Jamie Long, president of HMDC. “The Fortune Head Interpretation Centre is offering students an exciting opportunity to study science in its natural environment and we hope it will inspire students and encourage them to pursue STEM studies.”
The funding will help in the expansion of the centre’s exhibit space and programming, help incorporate Cambrian trilobite fossils located along Fortune Brook into the exhibits and improve signage (including near the Fortune Head Ecological Reserve).