Of those funds 47 percent of funds were spent on hiring local contractors, subcontractors, businesses, and individuals. (Local means the communities of Monticello, Blanding, Moab, Cortez, Durango, Dolores, Farmington, and Dove Creek.)
Tri Hurst Construction was just hired to complete Phase 3 construction this summer at a cost of just under $1 million, which will consist of an outfitting building and new observatory.
Also to be built this summer by Four Corners School staff and youth crews will be five culturally-themed learning pavilions designed to showcase and celebrate the diverse cultures of the Colorado Plateau (Navajo, Hopi, Ute, Pioneer, and Hispanic).
In addition, staff and youth crews will complete the Nature Playscape and more trails on the campus. With this addition a total of $10.3 million has been spent on the project, with 56 percent of the funds spent locally.
The Discovery Center is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with some extended hours and evening events on Fridays and Saturday (see fourcornersschool.org for more information).
The public is invited to use the campus for personal activities such as picnics, educational pursuits, cross country skiing or snowshoeing in winter, jogging year around, and picnicking any time.
It is a walking campus, so park your car and enjoy the campus on foot or bicycle, or at the Nature Playscape, an unstructured play area for kids, that will be completed by July 1.
Half off of full price admission is now being charged to experience the exhibits, programming, and building.
Full prices are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and military, and $6 for children 12 and under. Entry fees for local visitors, until further notice, is $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for seniors and military, and $2 for children 12 and under.
Local is defined as San Juan, Grand, Dolores, and Montezuma Counties.
Contact Four Corners School regarding family and organized group entry fees.
Residents are invited to plan events such as 5K runs for charities or groups who wish to organize competitions to raise funds.
The community room is available to rent for wedding, graduation parties, family reunions, and conferences as well.
We welcome groups who want to conduct service projects with us as well. Scout leaders can also use the campus to help scouts earn merit badges.
Please schedule organized group events with Four Corners School staff.
An exhibit hall and classroom help teachers, students and visitors learn about the history, science and literature of the Colorado Plateau, with hands-on learning stations related to the remarkable natural and human history of San Juan County.
The center will also feature learning about the history and culture of each of the Native American tribes in the Four Corners region. New exhibits are being installed throughout the summer, so come check them out.
Additionally, the Discovery Center should be a significant destination point for many of the two million motorists that pass through Monticello each year from all over the world.
If only three percent of those passing motorists stopped each year, that would translate into an additional 60,000 cars and a projected 120,000 people spending money in San Juan County at lodging facilities, restaurants, recreational areas, the Hideout Golf Club, area swimming pools, convenience stores, and grocery stores.