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Published February 22nd 2020
The upgrades were well worth the wait
February 21 marked the official re-opening of the beloved IndigiScapes Environmental Education Centre, Redland.
This venue has recently undergone a $3 million transformation, providing a new family-family Discovery Centre, theatrette, cafe and eco-friendly shop.
The Discovery Centre is bright, inviting and packed with interactive features. The walls feature an assortment of activities suitable for both adults and children. Younger visitors will enjoy pressing buttons to hear animal sounds, accessing touch screens (including a selfie photo booth) and lifting flaps to learn about the local environment. Extensive environmental information is provided for adults and children able to read more lengthy pieces of text.
Within the centre of the room, active investigation of the natural world is encouraged. An elongated island bench offers microscopes, magnifying glasses and buckets of seed pods, leaves, flowers, nuts etc. In addition, a selection of items have been housed in framed glass blocks. These can be placed over recessed lighting for improved viewing.
Throughout the centre, many windows extend from the floor, providing opportunities for all visitors to easily observe the natural surroundings. In particular, a large cushioned window seat overlooks the creek. Two headsets with the noise of a trickling creek further heightened the experience.
The attached eco-friendly store stocks goods from local and sustainable vendors. These products include skincare, health promotion and giftware lines.
Extend your visit by enjoying a snack or light meal in the café. The indoor dining section is rather small but outdoor dining is provided under the wide verandah. To align with the centre's promotion of sustainability, the café does not provide single-use takeaway cups.