Monthly Archives: January 2012

Community Survey Goes Live

We need your ideas! As you can read elsewhere on this site, we are in the process of planning a new and improved Discovery Center ~ Great Lakes for our community. Having completed four highly productive focus groups in November, we are now distributing a community-wide survey to determine a vision for the Discovery Center with broad appeal to various audiences. If you did not have the opportunity to participate in a focus group, this would be a great way for you share your valuable ideas with us.

Consistent with our mission, we are currently designing a facility “where children, youth, and adults can learn the value of historic preservation, the importance of environmental stewardship, the joy of discovery, and the pleasure of water-based recreation.” Please help us create a place that will be an asset to our community and attract community members and visitors on a regular basis.

The community input we gather through this survey is vital, and will guide us in the creation of a new vision for the Discovery Center, along with master facilities plan and accompanying architectural drawings.

The survey should take less than ten minutes to complete and will give us valuable insights. Everyone who participates will be entered in a drawing for a free sail for two on the schooner, Madeline, pictured below.

Simply go to this link to complete the survey.

MHA’s Schooner Madeline

Focus Group Report Available

Discovery Center sign with Voyageur CanoeFour focus groups were held to assist in the Discovery Center’s long-range facility planning process between November 8 and November 20, 2011. A total of total 50 people generously participated, divided equally between men and women. Representatives from business, government, the nonprofit sector, education, and the community at large came together to share their ideas.

A preliminary report was generated outlining some of the many ideas that were generated during those five sessions. You can find it here: Focus Group – Preliminary Report.