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Cave Field House Opens


The Riverbluff Cave field house is open. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

This morning, the Riverbluff Cave field house officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The cave, which is the oldest Ice Age cave in North America is located in Southwest Greene County.

The cave was discovered in September, 2001 and so far, scientists have found mammoth bone as well as bones from Ice Age pigs.

During the ribbon cutting ceremony, the lead scientist working on the cave, Matt Forir talked about the significance of having such an important cave in Southwest Missouri.

Forir says the field house is phase one in a larger effort to create a Greene County Natural History Museum.

The cave is not open to the public.

But Bill Smilie of the Springfield Greene County Park Board says the field house will give the public a way to learn about the cave.

Scientists working on the cave say they're eager for the public to learn more about the treasures of Riverbluff.

Matt Forir says the field house will serve the public.

Funding for the field house came from a federal grant and a contribution from the Springfield Greene County Park Board.

Forir says he's hoping that private individuals and companies will get involved financially in helping preserve Riverbluff Cave.