The Facility

The Environmental Interpretive Center (EIC) opened in May 2001 and provides experiential environmental education activities for school children, teachers, and university students. The Center is open to the public from 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday.


The Center offers an open, interactive exhibit area where visitors can explore different aspects of rivers and human impacts in watersheds. The Center is also the gateway to the foot trails in the Environmental Study Area.

The 13,000-square-foot facility offers the following amenities and attractions:

  • Two 24-person teaching laboratories
  • A 40-person multi-purpose classroom
  • A 40-person auditorium with three screens and surround-sound for viewing high impact videos about the Rouge River Watershed. Videos are entitled: Welcome to the Watershed, Repair and Rebound, and Trip of a Drip.
  • A wildlife observation room
  • Visitors can use the Measure of a River Exhibit (MOAR) to learn about different water quality parameters.
  • A 10-person conference room
  • Exhibition space with several exhibits about the Rouge River Watershed
  • The Children's Environmental Wall
  • A covered staging area with picnic tables for about 40 guests
  • Bicycle racks near the front entrance
  • A bus and handicap access at front entrance

In addition the EIC also manages the following outdoor resources:

Get additional information about the facility using the links below:


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Contact Us:

Interpretive Center
University of Michigan – Dearborn
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
(313) 593–5338