25 years ago science teacher Tom Torlakson and two Oakley Sanitary District Board Members Dwight Meadows and Lenney Byer initiated the idea of educational programs and a science center in the Delta. I was at the Grand Opening and took the photos of the $11 million Delta natural education and science center at Big Break Regional Shoreline to tell the story of the maze of islands and waterways that provide much of California’s water and vast habitat.
This is a fabulous achievement that began with three people and spread out to many. We are fortunate to have this center in our own backyard as it will be a huge asset to East County and to the generations ahead as the the East Bay Regional Park District has long-awaited opening the 5,500-square-foot visitor center with space for public exhibits and labs for students and others to do environmental research.
I urge everyone to check it out. I also want to thank those who had the foresight decades ago to begin the process and to those who continued the push to turn this into a reality.