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2007 Media Releases

October 23, 2007
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Nancy Furman, Pioneers Park Nature Center, 441-7895

Open house and dedication of art panels set for November 11

Mayor Chris Beutler invites the public to several special events coming up at Pioneers Park Nature Center:

  • The dedication of the addition to the Prairie Building is at 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 30.
  • An open house at the expanded Prairie Building is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, November 11. The open house will include the 2 p.m. dedication of the new art panels at the entrance to the Nature Center as well as childrenís activities and refreshments.

The 3,340-square-foot Prairie Building addition was designed and constructed with "green" technologies. Features include Lincolnís first garden roof with drought-tolerant prairie plants; a geothermal heat pump system; the use of local and regional materials; renewable straw bale walls; AgFiber strawboard casework; porcelain tile with 40 percent recycled content; a recycling center; paper composite counter tops and window sills; and a rainwater harvesting system with a 3,000-gallon storage cistern.

Partners on the project include the Nebraska Environmental Trust, Friends of the Pioneers Park Nature Center, the Lincoln Parks Foundation, the Lincoln Cares Program, the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District, the Lincoln Electric System and Lincoln Public Schools.

The art panels include a welcome sign and three vertical panels devoted to the plants and animals of the ecosystems found at the Nature Center. The panels were funded by the Lincoln Cares Program, Friends of the Pioneers Park Nature Center and Winnett Trust Funds.

The Pioneers Park Nature Center was established in 1963 to interpret the natural history of Nebraska and the central great plains; to promote the enjoyment, appreciation and awareness of the natural environment; to practice and foster a conservation ethic; and to provide a habitat for native wildlife and a peaceful retreat for people. It serves more than 80,000 visitors annually, including more than 12,000 students. The Nature Center is free and open year round. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

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