Richard and Theresa Barch Center for Freshwater Research and Education

The new $13.2 million CFRE building will be positioned along the St. Marys riverfront near Alford Park. The facility, co-named in honor of Richard and Theresa Barch who donated $1 million dollars, will provide space dedicated to public outreach, a K-12 discovery room, office space for researchers, and labs for conducting research on fish culture and management, emerging contaminants, and invasive species.

A mock view of the new CFRE building


A mock view of the new Great Lakes Visitor Center

Mock GL Visitors Center

Construction of the new building is currently underway, and scheduled to be complete by the end of Summer 2021.