TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Work is beginning on several new features at Clegg Memorial Gardens.
The land trust will be building a new observation deck off its office house, so that parents can watch over kids as they explore in the play area. You'll also find two tree trunk carvings standing in the learning area, which were hand carved and display native animal species to this part of the state.
They will be adding interactive exhibits to the observation deck so people can learn more about native species.
They are also working on adding a new trail, which could be open as early as mid summer.
Jason Rakoczi is a board member for NICHES Land Trust. He said this past year has shown the importance of having nature preservation sites for people to enjoy, and they are excited to add these new features to Clegg.
"It's really nice to have these nooks and crannies scattered throughout West Central Indiana where native species can survive, can thrive and where individuals can interact with how nature might've been before settlement," he said.
Duke Energy is donating money to make these projects possible. They have given $15,000 to the observation deck and $5,000 to the new trail. Dan Rhodes from Duke said they support NICHES efforts in nature conservation and combating climate change.
"That's why we think NICHES is a premier conservation organization," he said. "They really believe in preserving and protecting our spaces outside and that's something Duke Energy supports as well."
Duke has given $35,000 in funds to NICHES over the past five years.
You can volunteer to help these projects by going to NICHES website or by simply showing up at Clegg Memorial Gardens at 9 a.m. on Saturdays.