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Conservation Education Center to see new displays installed next week

GTNS photo by Gretchen Teske

The Marr Park Conservation Education Center will be receiving new interactive upgrades and displays next week.
GTNS photo by Gretchen Teske The Marr Park Conservation Education Center will be receiving new interactive upgrades and displays next week.

AINSWORTH — Visitors to the Marr Park Conservation Education Center will soon have new displays to interact with as Washington County Conservation Executive Director Zach Rozmus said phase one of the new displays are expected to arrive and be installed next week.

During their May meeting, Rozmus presented a PowerPoint to give the board an in-depth look at the new interactive displays. A new table with four interchangeable tops will be added, with all tops relating back to a conservation theme. There will be a regular table, a dry-erase board, a battleship theme involving endangered species and a landscape play surface.

Wall displays will include a magnetic fish interactive puzzle, a kestrel-and-mouse game where the player’s goal is to figure out how to get the mouse from one side to the other, and an ant game. A new 82-inch tall magnetic display in the shape of a tree will be by the entrance and a display with an ant head that will allow people to put their head inside and see the view of an ant will be added.

Rozmus said $30,000 was budgeted for the new displays and a grant from the Riverboat Foundation made up the remaining cost. The displays were expected to arrive in May, but Rozmus Thursday night said they are now set to arrive next week. As soon as they arrive, they will be installed and be ready for the public to use.

The Marr Park Conservation Education Center is free and open to the public Mondays from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., Thursday-Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. It is located at 1943 Highway 92 in Ainsworth.