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Hartley Nature Center receives $1 million grant

DULUTH, MN– The Hartley Nature Center (HNC) has been looking to expand and the organization has received big boost in making that reality happen.

Officials announced Friday one million dollars has been awarded to Hartley from the Greater MN Regional Parks and Trails Commission, which will allow to help the HNC in its expansion project.

The main reason for the expansion is to add more programs to the center, along with meeting community needs.

A 6,000 square foot building will be added to the center, and include:

  • Two new classrooms
  • New restrooms
  • Community gathering space
  • Re-imagined exhibit hall
  • Expanded equipment rental
  • Additional office and storage space

Hartley officials say they’re close to meeting the total money needed to complete the project.

As of Friday, nearly $1.8 million of the $2.5 million dollar project has been secured, and Hartley has plans to complete the rest of money needed via fundraising within the next couple months.

“We are thrilled and thankful for this grant award,” said Tom O’Rourke, Executive Director of Hartley Nature Center. “Now more than ever it’s critical to help people build deeper connections with nature, children especially. The building expansion will allow our core programs to grow, while providing space for us to develop new offerings for the community.”

We’ll hear more from the press conference coming up tonight on the CBS 3 Duluth News at 6 and 10.

Austin Haskins

Meteorologist/Web Producer

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