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Watershed Committee Dedicates Learning Station

The Watershed Committee of the Ozarks dedicated its new learning center. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports. (KSMU's Matt Petcoff contributed to this report.)

On Wednesday, the Watershed Committee dedicated its Lakeside Learning Station at the Watershed Center at Valley Water Mill Park.

The structure features a number of environmentally friendly components including pervious concrete, recyclable steel and a rainwater filtration system.

And, as its name suggests, the station will be used as a learning center where students and other community members can learn about the outdoors.

Dan Chiles is the Vice Chairman of the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks.

He says this center will allow you to get up close and personal with nature.

One group of students, the Environmental Club from Kickapoo High School attended the dedication ceremony. And the students say they're excited for the station to open.

Jennifer Ziegler is an officer with the Environmental Club.

She says the center gives students a place to go and explore.

The Lakeside Leaning Station is one of four areas being constructed around the Valley Water Mill property.

The Springfield Greene-County Park Board is also working on an Outdoor Initiatives and Maintenance Center and the Valley Water Mill Equestrian Center.

A one-mile natural ground trail has also been completed.


  • Watershed Committee of the Ozarks