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Environmental Education Center Plans Nearing Reality

After more than four years of planning and fundraising, construction will soon begin on the Winnebago County Conservation Board’s new Environmental Education Center! The WCCB held its second bid letting on June 14th, approved Kingland Construction Services’ bid at its June board meeting and signed the final bid contract at its July meeting.

The center will have a number of amenities according to Winnebago County Conservation Board President Robert Schwartz.

The center will give area residents an in-depth look at local wildlife and wetland habitats.

The site will be in the middle of Winnebago County on Highway 9. Once inside, visitors will be able to visit different floors with exhibits.

The Board accepted Kingland Construction Services’ bid of $2.297 million and signed the contract a month later. Depending upon supply issues, work schedules, and weather, the project will either begin this fall or next spring. The finish date is scheduled for December of 2023.

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