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 links below:


Blessing from the City – Check.

Amending the Bottomlands Agreement – Check.

Fundraising – That’s next!

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 and family, and a chair to sit on. Parking will be at the casino parking lot, and you can walk down to where the trail crosses the road.

See you there!

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 strive to be “bird-friendly” by the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and will consider your recommendations in the future design process.

Check out his Powerpoint presentation below!



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 Ore Dock and its surroundings (e.g. seagulls, waves, boats, sunrise).

3) Views inside the Ore Dock (e.g. plants, concerts, art displays) that reflects people’s interaction with the future ODBEC.

Each artist may submit one or multiple pages.  Groups, such as a high school art class, may submit a collaborated entry(ies). Up to 24 total entries may be selected for the book.
2-D art accepted: drawing, digital art, and printmaking suitable for digital printing (8½” x11”  horizontal or vertical layout) and for coloring with colored pencils or felt tip markers.  See example at

Full details here:
Juror: The Friends of the Ore Dock BotEco Center Board

Each selected artist will donate selected submission(s), and upon signing a release form, shall have her/his name listed on the coloring book cover, on, and in press releases and other publicity.  Selected artists shall each receive a free coloring book. All other coloring books shall be sold for donations to the Friends of Ore Dock BotEco Center.

Submissions can be submitted by mail or email.

The Friends of the ODBEC is a nonprofit organization that is developing the vision of transforming the ore dock in Marquette, Michigan’s Lower Harbor into a community center and is leading the implementation of that vision.

Friends of Ore Dock BotEco Center (Friends of ODBEC)

Entry Deadline: March 24th, 2017

PO Box 174

Marquette, MI 49855

Phone (906) 361-6053

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 BotEco Center and Amazon will give us 0.5% of your purchase! It’s just that easy!

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.

A big thank you to the City Commissioners!

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 step will be a public forum.

We will update the website when that forum becomes available.

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, you can view the meeting on Youtube or go to the City’s website to see the minutes.


SmartPrize Exhibit

Posted by on April 5, 2016

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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 Center on until Sunday. You can vote once daily per electronic device. Please vote for us so we can win Crowd Favorite! And please share so we can get more votes!

Our “Living Dock” turned out to be better than we could have expected! Local artist, Nic Dobbs, did a great job.