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Nature Center open house May 31

By Staff | May 22, 2008

The Emmet County Nature Center open house will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 31 at Wolden Campground. A free lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by a dedication at 3 p.m.

“It’s such an improvement over what we had,” Naturalist Anita Fisher said of the new 4,500-square-foot facility that replaces the rented offices which the Emmet County Conservation Board previously occupied on East Central Avenue.

The Nature Center includes a general display area and interpretive exhibits with hands-on displays, classroom space, office and work space, and a board room/meeting room.

To date, over $300.000 has been committed in pledges and donations to the new building which will have a total overall cost of $490,000 including furnishings and exhibits when completed.

The first-ever Emmet County Foundation Nature Center banquet held March 29 netted over $20,000 toward the Nature Center. The banquet is slated to be an annual event.

Donations are still needed. Donor levels include:

n Copper — $100-$499.

n Brass — $500-$999.

n Bronze — $1,000-$4,999.

n Silver — $5,000-$9,999.

n Gold — $10,000-$24,999.

n Platinum — $25,000-49,999.

n Cornerstone — $50,000-$99,999.

n Center Stone — $100,000-plus.

Donations of any amount are appreciated. Call 712-867-4168 to make your donation or pledge today.