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Tom Ridge Environmental Center

The Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC) is an educational center dedicated to teaching visitors about the unique 3,200 acres of Presque Isle and the many different forms of life that inhabit the peninsula.

TREC also serves as a center for research -- contributing to conservation efforts and promoting environmental awareness, helping to preserve the unparalleled beauty of Presque Isle, the site of Pennsylvania’s only seashore.

While some facilities along the Great Lakes offer environmental education and others do research, none offer research, education, and visitor services in one place, making TREC a unique destination for learning, wonder, and fun.

TREC is open year-round and offers free admission to its interactive exhibits, glass-enclosed tower, and orientation movie.

Learn about the history of Presque Isle and how you can contribute to keeping it pristine and beautiful.

Things to Do at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center

  • Climb the 75’ tower
  • Explore interactive exhibits
  • Experience the Big Green Screen Theatre
  • Grab a bite to eat at the Sunset Café