New nature school to be built on donated land

11 months 1 day 21 hours ago Thursday, July 04 2019 Jul 4, 2019 Thursday, July 04, 2019 12:00:00 PM CDT July 04, 2019 in News
By: The Associated Press

COLUMBIA (AP) — A new nature school near Columbia will allow students to learn about the environment by being immersed in it.

The Columbia Missourian reports that former publisher Hank Waters and his wife, associate publisher Vicki Russell, donated the 207 acres where four classrooms and lab spaces will be built. The land is located next to the Three Creeks Conservation Area.

The project is a partnership between Columbia Public Schools and the Missouri Department of Conservation, which maintains the 1,000-acre conservation area. District science coordinator Mike Szydlowski says the Conservation Department will help care for the school's land and will build 3 miles of trail.

Szydlowski says Waters didn't want the land to be developed and wanted to leave a legacy in Columbia.

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