An event is Friday for the 12,000-square-foot facility in the Detroit suburb of Trenton. The center is to be built at the Refuge Gateway, near the refuge's Humbug Marsh area.
Wayne County, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and others worked for nearly a decade on restoration of the Refuge Gateway. Located on the river's Trenton Channel, it was the site of a Chrysler manufacturing facility that was deactivated in 1990.
An event had been scheduled for last month, but it was postponed because of a lapse in federal appropriations during the partial government shutdown.
The refuge includes more than 5,700 acres along 48 miles of the lower Detroit River and western Lake Erie.