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Sioux County Nature Center Groundbreaking Ceremony
August 1, 2018
Oak Grove Park, Deer Run Campground, at Nature Center building site
Beauty, knowledge, experience. These three words help to describe the experiences one might have at the Sioux County Nature Center. Join us on Aug 1st at 4 pm as we take in this amazing prairie view and celebrate the groundbreaking of this great addition to Sioux County.
“To be able to move the project forward like this is a good feeling,” said Foundation board member Gordon Pottebaum. “A lot of that credit has to go to the people who were generous enough to make significant gifts to the project that we can be at this point.”
A groundbreaking is possible because the foundation board has reached 92 percent, or $4.4 million, of its fundraising goal.
“It’s such an inspiring thing to be able to tell people we have a ground breaking date,” said Sunday Ford, Assistant Conservation Director and Environmental Education Coordinator. “It’s exciting to able to celebrate that milestone. We’ve worked so hard to get to this point and to be able to tell people that come to summer camps, people coming to programs, campers, staff, board members, all the gift givers — to tell all those following this project that it’s going to happen is a good feeling.”
The proposed $4.8 million project is to build a 12,000-square-foot facility. The two-level nature center will be a home for naturalist-led school field trips, summer camps, nursing home visits, civic groups and families as they explore historical and wildlife displays.
The Sioux County Conservation Foundation board is partnering with Split Rock Studio in Minneapolis to design the exhibits. Architect is CMBA of Sioux City. Engineers are Beck Engineering of Spirit Lake and EDA Engineering and Design of Sioux Center.
“As parents and community leaders we must demonstrate our commitment to providing this facility as a testimony to what we believe to be important,” Ford said. “By investing in this new center, we can be a witness to the value of the outdoors in the lives of individuals and families. We are also investing in local economic development, showing a commitment to providing facilities for recreational activities close to home and demonstrating to the next generation what we believe to be the most important elements of a healthy, informative childhood.”