An innovative and interactive virtual exploration experience is coming to Gravenhurst. That’s what administrators are saying will be in store for the Watershed Gallery at the Muskoka Discovery Centre coming this summer.

Opening July this year, organizers are saying people will be able to see how the watershed works and how it shapes lives of Muskoka residents. Visitors will also learn how research conducted on the Muskoka Watershed has been vital around the world to improve the water quality of freshwater lakes. This will be Muskoka Steamships and Discovery Centre’s first new exhibit since 2006.

Muskoka District Chair and Advisory Council Chair John Klinck has hopes for the exhibit saying this will help increase awareness and the importance of the watershed.

Muskoka Steamships and Discovery Centre is partnering with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, the Muskoka Watershed Council, Friends of the Muskoka Watershed, the Muskoka Lakes Association and the Muskoka Conservancy to develop the exhibit. Coordinators are saying the local watershed scientists are sharing their expertise to make sure content is relevant and accurate.

Officials from the Muskoka Steamships and Discovery Centre are saying they have raised enough money in order to launch the exhibition in July, however, another $150,000 would add larger screens, advanced software, and a virtual aquarium. You can make a donation to the Muskoka Steamships and Discovery Centre by clicking here.