Hawarden, Iowa — Ground has been broken for the Oak Grove park nature center near Hawarden.
The facility has been in the plans for 10 years and Sioux County Conservation Board Chairman and Foundation Member, Gordon Pottebaum, says it is finally getting done.
Conservation Board Assistant Director, Sunday Ford, says more space is really needed.
Ford is one of two Environmental Educators for the organization.
The project received an Enhance Iowa Community Grant of $600-thousand from the state, to go along with the $4.8-million being raised. The 12-thousand square foot facility, will host naturalist-led school field trips, summer camps, nursing home visits, civic groups, and families as they explore historical and wildlife displays. Total cost for the nature Center is $4.8-million dollars, and it should open late next year.