“The Alabama Wildlife Federation broke ground Wednesday on a new building designed to enhance public education about conservation.

NaturePlex, a 23,000-square-foot, $5.5 million facility at the Alabama Nature Center in Millbrook, will serve as Lanark’s official and permanent welcome and education center.

Tim Gothard, executive director of the Alabama Wildlife Federation, which manages Lanark, emphasized the educational benefits that will come from NaturePlex.

“It will help us grow significantly the number of youth and adults who we are able to share the outdoor conservation education message with here at the Alabama Nature Center,” said Gothard, who said the center also will support a broad number of study areas.

“This is the next step in further expanding outdoor education as a way to actually help teach math, science, social studies and language arts to students,” he said.”

Source: Montgomery Adverstiser