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A New Space to Explore

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28)- Indian Creek Nature Center announced a new campaign called Amazing Space on Tuesday.

The campaign has already raised 6.9 million dollars and hope to raise more to build a brand new facility that would expand outdoor learning and encourage sustainability.

"It's super exciting they're setting a model of sustainability," Myriah Fields said.

Fields used to volunteer at the Indian Creek Nature Center and said an outdoor classroom is a good resource to teach kids.

"I think it's going to be one of those little things that'll inspire children to seek careers in sustainability," Fields said.

She studies parks and recreation and said she loves coming to the Nature Center.

The Nature Center wants kids and their families to get their hands off an iPhone or iPad and take a step outside to open their eyes and see what's out there.

"This is a true game changer in sustainability," Executive Director for the Indian Creek Nature Center John Myers said.

He said he hopes the new building with give kids new space to explore.

"We want the community to start thinking about their lives and the impact they have on rain water runoff and energy usage," he added.

Myers said he thinks kids learn better outside than being stuck inside a classroom.

"At the Indian Creek Nature Center, we teach in nature, not just about nature," Myers said.

The new building will consume zero energy and have a butterfly hoop house, picnic areas and several classrooms. There will also be solar panels on campus.

"We can all kinda get married to our iPads and our Iphones until we lose touch and communication with people," Amazing Campaign Co-Chair Gary Streit said.

Streit said he thinks people are longing to reconnect with nature and learn more about how our lifestyle impacts other living things.

"We don't have that human aspect with being outside, slowing down, appreciating everything that's around us," Streit said.

So this new space will do just that: to provide a friendly environment for everyone and encourage people to reconnect with nature.

"It's really exciting that they can expand on that and use their resources," Fields said.

The Nature Center hopes to start rebuilding at the beginning of next year.

Good news! Admission will still be free to explore the outdoors.
 
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