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The Nature Center has been connecting the community with wildlife since 1988. It’s recorded a total of 2.4 million visits to its center, and its walking trails have been used about five million times.
This weekend will be a celebration for the 25th anniversary, starting Friday with a desert social at 2pm. Linda Chorice is the manager of the nature center and has watched it grow over the years.
“It’s a community celebration, because since the beginning, the nature center has really been embraced by the people in Springfield and the surrounding areas. A lot of people come here on a regular basis; we have people who are here almost daily. The really great thing about it is seeing generations return. Right now, we have grandparents bringing their grandchildren when they once brought their kids here,” Chorice said.
The special events this weekend are open to all ages. Saturday at 10:00 am, there will be a performance by The Fishin’ Magicians, followed by the “Birds of Prey” presentation by staff of Dickerson Park Zoo, which features live birds.
Sunday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, there will be a variety of presentations on primitive skills. Guests will learn skills like fire-making, arrow construction and Dutch oven cooking.
“While we’re emphasizing the 25th anniversary, we obviously have lots of programs that go on all the time. So when people come in, they can pick up our newsletter to learn about upcoming events,” Chorice said.
All events, just like the Nature Center itself, are free to the public. Click here for a link to a full list of this weekend’s activities.
For KSMU News, I’m Anna Thomas.