The Chula Vista Nature Center celebrated its 11th anniversary this year. The center is accredited by the American Association of Museums, an honor shared by less than 10 percent of the museums in the United States. The Chula Vista Nature Center is the only accredited aquarium/museum in the San Diego region. Since 1987, the center has served more than 6000,000 visitors at the museum and more than 200,000 people in outreach programs. The center is known for the exceptional quality of its environmental education programs and its leading role in the restoration and enhancement of the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. The center is part of the growting ecotourism movement and anticipates a continued increase in vistors.