For a pair of friends from Columbus, Kansas, who had never visited the nature center in Wildcat Park, Friday’s reopening of the building as the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center introduced them to a whole new world of nature and learning.

While 11-year-old Ben Major was interested in the fish in the aquarium, 12-year-old Hannah Helwig couldn’t take her eyes away from the animal exhibits.

“I think it’s really cool,” she said. “I like all the animals I get to see, and it goes along with my science (class) because I’m learning about ecosystems. This is my science (lesson) for the day.”

Dozens of people turned out Friday for an open house for the new education center, which was reopening to

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