SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– There’s another news target date for re-opening Wonders of Wildlife in Springfield. It was last open to the public in 2007, and, since then, has had several re-opening dates set that were not met.
Now, as you drive by, you can see progress taking place on a new building. With that, come more new dates. Construction crews began putting up the steel this winter, and on one part of the project, the Conservation Education Center, the steel is all up, and Wonders of Wildlife states that part will be open and ready for students by December.
The sights and sounds of progress are now simple to spot at Wonders of Wildlife. “It’s much larger than what I had expected,” states Springfield Public Schools board president Gerry Lee.
Springfield Public Schools administration got a good look at the frame that will soon transform into a learning environment. “This is a real hands-on type of curriculum. You’ve got the animal holding rooms over there where animals will be brought into the classroom, and these again, are state of the art,” states Rob Keck, Chairman of the Board for Wonders of Wildlife.
“I just could not be more excited. It’s absolutely fantastic what they are going to be exposed to,” states Dr. Peggy Riggs, Springfield Public Schools Deputy Superintendent.
WOLF school, an already popular program for Springfield fifth graders, is about to get even wilder.”It will change the way that they see nature, the way the interact in nature, and it really is life altering,” states Riggs.
“Throughout this great corridor, there is going to be display areas where students can take and display all their crafts, from bird houses to wood duck boxes,” states Keck.
The Conservation Education Center will also include banquet halls and an expo-center, which will house displays and travelling exhibits.
Wildlife galleries and large aquariums will fill other parts of the wildlife museum, including a 30 foot deep salt-water tank. It’s all getting closer to a reality, thanks to the man next door.
“I have to state thank you so much to Johnny Morris for the vision and his wonderful staff,” states Riggs.
“This community will be so blessed down the road when this is done,” Lee says.
Wonders of Wildlife states parts of the wildlife galleries above Bass Pro will open sometime this year too. Again, the Conservation Education Center is supposed to open by December, and the rest of the museum by December 2012.
The total price tag for project, Wonders of Wildlife says, is more than $80 million, with a large portion from Bass Pro’s Johhny Morris.
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