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

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. […]

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 […]


Posted by on March 15, 2016

The first ever SmartPrize is coming to Marquette and BotEco will be participating! SmartPrize is a 10-day competition from April 2 through April 11, 2016 in downtown Marquette, Michigan. Entrepreneurs and innovators will present their business or product idea to be displayed in venues throughout Marquette’s Downtown District. The contest will award a minimum of $20,000 in prize money to great ideas and expansions. […]

Living Green: BotEco plan faces hurdles

Posted by on February 13, 2014

  The Mining Journal Living Green: BotEco plan faces hurdles   February 7, 2014   CHRISTIE BLECK  |   The BotEco Center, a proposed botanical and ecological center for the Lower Harbor ore dock, still is the vision of a local nonprofit group. However, there might be a few roadblocks to it becoming a reality. (Click to Read More)   […]

ABC News NOW clip

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Friends of Ore Dock BotEco Center holding a series of public meetings to show initial plans of BotEco Center. See Video or cut and past below link

Ore Dock Revitalization

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From Upper Michigans Ore dock revitalization by Dan Giroux Posted: 02.05.2014 at 10:06 PM A movement is taking place to revitalize the ore dock in Marquette’s Lower Harbor. The ore dock closed in 1971. Since then, it has remained vacant. The non-profit group, “Friends of the Ore Dock BotEco Center,” aims to transform the city-owned property into a year-round […]