The Ore Dock BotEco Center

Our goal is to create a special place on Marquette's waterfront that achieves a sustainable balance of educational, recreational and commercial uses.

1) Ecological Education and Research Facilities
2) Year-round Indoor Botanical Gardens
3) Historical Preservation and Education
4) Community Spaces


Presentation and renderings thanks to Studio RAD.

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The Ore Dock BotEco Center’s 4 Pillars:

Start with an inactive, historic, industrial site and transform it to a site that offers…



Ecological Education and Research Facilities

After development: Our research and educational facilities and programs will contribute advancement of Great Lakes ecology and habitat now and for future generations, both locally and far-reaching. And for whom?  The general public, particularly school age children, and for academia.


Year-Round Indoor Botanical Gardens

After development: Our year-round indoor gardens will provide education, exploration, and health enhancement for the general public and for scientific study.  Come linger in our many gardens: Sister City Gardens, wet wall, sequential gardens of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula [tropical (preglacial), northern forest/bog/dune (current), arid (future?)], Rootie Room, memorial garden, seasonal and presentation gardens, aquaponics/hydroponics/advanced illumination garden, horticultural therapy garden, phytoremediation presentation, and invasive species display.


Historical Preservation

After development: Our repurposing of this industrial structure will include historical preservation of and education about this ore dock.


Community Spaces

After development: Our public spaces will bring venues to the community for educational and recreational purposes, including but not limited to sharing of and advancement of musical arts, visual arts, and ethnic celebrations.

Idea Box

Have an idea? Fill out the idea form and let us know!

The Friends of the Ore Dock BotEco Center is a registered non-profit 501c3 organization. ACRC-501c3