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

Bottomlands Agreement Success!

Posted by on February 11, 2018

Starting the new year off on the right foot! Huge news for the Ore Dock BotEco Center – The changes to the Bottomlands Agreement have been accepted by both the City of Marquette and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality! What does this mean?: In short, it means the BotEco project can move forward. See local press coverage in the […]

2018 UP 200 Sled Dog Race Road Crossing

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Come join the Friends of the BotEco Center at our UP 200 volunteer road crossing this year! Last year we had a blast and served hot ‘docklate’ to spectators and we can’t wait to do the same this time around. We will be at the Ojibwa Casino in Marquette on February 16th starting at 8pm. Please dress warm, bring friends […]

Alex Mariano NMU EEGS Senior Capstone Project

Posted by on May 15, 2017

A big thank you to Alex Mariano, an NMU student who did his undergraduate presentation on bird-friendly glass options for the BotEco Center! He did a lot of research on the different solutions to avoid bird collisions on the enclosed design. He presented to our board at our monthly meeting last night and we were all very impressed. We will […]

Open call for entries

Posted by on March 3, 2017

Call for Entries: Ore Dock BotEco Center Adult Coloring Book Pages The Friends of the Ore Dock BotEco Center invites Michigan Upper Peninsula artists to submit images suitable for an Adult Coloring Book. Submissions shall encompass one or more of the following: 1) Ore Dock BotEco Center as depicted by renderings found at 2) The current Marquette Lower Harbor […]

Delta Sky Magazine

Posted by on November 28, 2016

Marquette was just featured in the December issue of Delta Sky Magazine! And BotEco also made an appearance in there! Check out the whole article HERE.

Amazon Smile

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The Friends of the Ore Dock BotEco Center is now listed on¬†Amazon Smile! To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. Select Friends of the Ore Dock […]

City of Marquette Letter of Approval

Posted by on October 25, 2016

In response to our presentation in August to the City of Marquette Commissioners, we received a letter of support/approval from the City. This is huge! What exactly does this mean? It means we can start going forward¬†with our project. The Friends of the Ore Dock BotEco Center can now look into amending the Bottomlands Agreement and also start our fundraising. […]

August 29th, 2016 City Commission Meeting

Posted by on August 30, 2016

Last night, Gisele Duerhing, President of the Friends of the Ore Dock BotEco Center, presented to the Marquette City Commission. Several commissioners were very excited by the BotEco Center’s plan and showed their support. This was a thrilling experience for those who support this vision. You can view the video of the meeting here: One commissioner suggested that the next […]

City Commission Presentation

Posted by on August 25, 2016

Wondering what is happening with the dock and the Friends of the Ore Dock BotEco Center? Come to the City of Marquette Commission meeting Monday, August 29th at 7pm. We will be doing a short presentation and we hope to eventually get a blessing from the City to continue our project and raise funds. If you can’t make the meeting, […]

SmartPrize Exhibit

Posted by on April 5, 2016

Our exhibit at the Landmark Inn in downtown Marquette is complete for SmartPrize. There are 22 entrants in the SmartPrize competition this year and over $20k is being given away! There are maps of the SmartPrize walk at each venue. Be sure to check them all out, there are a lot of great ideas! You can vote for the BotEco […]