Sci-Port Named Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador by NOAA
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration names Sci-Port a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador for improving extreme weather preparedness and education in community
Published Monday, December 15, 2014 6:00 am
by Claire Floyd (318) 424-8678

SHREVEPORT, LA.– Mario Valverde and Bill Parker of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration presented Sci-Port with a plaque naming it a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador.

The NOAA’s Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador initiative creates partnerships with community organizations nation-wide to improve preparedness and responsiveness to extreme weather and flooding events.

Of the partnership, Parker says, “Over the years, Sci-Port has often teamed up with the National Weather Service on many projects from hosting Storm Spotter Training, helping local teachers infuse weather into their science classes, and educating the public on historic weather events like ‘Remembering Hurricane Katrina.’ Sci-Port has been an Ambassador for NOAA for many years through engaging the public in the study of our oceans and atmosphere, thus designating Sci-Port as a NOAA Weather Ready Nation Ambassador was only a naming process based on past observance through partnership.”

As part of its new partnership, Sci-Port will team with NOAA to continue serving the public by strengthening community resilience against extreme weather events. Sci-Port Senior Programs Manager Alan Brown commented, “weather-related programming provides us the opportunity to not just touch on weather safety but to engage people of all ages in serious scientific study of the world around us… in many ways, weather-related programming like what we’ve developed with the assistance of the National Weather Service is the perfect way for Sci-Port to serve its mission of encouraging a passion for life-long learning.”


About Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center

Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center, voted the 2012 Attraction of the Year by the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association, is a 92,000 square-foot science and entertainment center featuring 290 hands-on exhibits, 70 interactive programs and demonstrations, a Space Center and the Space Dome Planetarium. IMAX® Dome Theatre, gift shop and café. Sci-Port is a member of the Association of Science-Technology Centers; a LA Space Consortium member and is recognized by Parents magazine as one of the nation’s ten best science centers. The Center is located at 820 Clyde Fant Parkway on the downtown Shreveport Riverfront. For information regarding hours, IMAX® showings or special programs, call (318) 424-3466, toll free at (877) 724-7678 or visit 


About NOAA

From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product. NOAA’s dedicated scientists use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers and other decision makers with reliable information they need when they need it.

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Contact Info

Sci-Port Discovery Center
820 Clyde Fant Parkway
Shreveport, Louisiana 71101


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