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Wetlands Center in Kansas is Headed Toward Opening Day

the Baker University Wetlands Discovery Center and storage facility (Photo credit: Baker Wetlands Facebook page)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A university wetlands center in Lawrence is gearing up for a June opening to the public. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the 11,000-square-foot Baker University Wetlands Discovery Center is expected to have its ceremonial opening in September. The center will house a research lab, classrooms and offices. The building is being designed to give visitors a panoramic view of the wetlands. Construction of the $1.5 million center is being funded by the Kansas Department of Transportation as part of the highway department's mitigation agreement for 58 acres to extend the South Lawrence Trafficway through the wetlands. The state also agreed to help restore 410 acres of wetlands, which will bring the land's total to 927 acres. The center was also given $350,000 for site improvements.

For updates on the Baker University Wetlands Discovery Center, you can visit their Facebook page.

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