Orlando Science Center is grateful to have received approval from Mayor Demings and the Orange County Board of Commissioners for a Tourist Development Tax grant of $10 million to fund the development and installation of LIFE, an all-new conservation exhibit. LIFE is Phase III of our ongoing $35 million comprehensive campaign to revitalize our educational content and renovate exhibits to meet the integral STEM learning needs of our growing community.
This exhibit will tell the story of conservation through the creatures that share our planet. By encountering live animals and learning more about their changing habitats, visitors will better understand how our actions affect all living things. LIFE will focus on three distinct world environments: Ocean, Rain Forest and Swamp. These areas will feature hands-on experiential learning that will vividly demonstrate our own interconnectedness with the natural world. Visitors will be engaged and empowered to take positive action to conserve our natural resources and protect our fragile planet.
Thanks to TDT grant funding, development can now begin on LIFE. The entire process will take approximately two years with an estimated premiere date in Fall 2021. Orlando Science Center will be working with ROTO, Inc, a world-renowned exhibit design firm, which previously designed and built our popular early childhood space, New KidsTown.
The approval of this funding request came after approvals and recommendations by the TDT Application Review Committee in January and the Tourist Development Council in March. The LIFE project received the highest score amongst the four other groups that had applied for funding through this cycle of the TDT grant program.