Expansion of Operations for Ozark Natural Science Center at Lake Fayetteville

Expansion of Operations for Ozark Natural Science Center at Lake Fayetteville

The Ozark Natural Science Center in Madison County is expanding its educational programming at Lake Fayetteville. Starting on April 1, the center will lease the Environmental Study Center at Lake Fayetteville to offer summer camps, workshops, classes, fundraisers, and guided hikes to the public. The City Council approved the agreement for the city to lease out the center with access to the 200 acres it sits on.

A grand opening of the Lake Fayetteville center is planned for May 18, with more details available on the Ozark Natural Science Center’s website. Since the 1970s, the city has reserved the eastern portion of Lake Fayetteville for the Fayetteville and Springdale school districts to use as a nature study area for student field trips. However, the Springdale School District no longer needed the property, prompting the city to lease it to the science center.

At the end of the one-year term with the Ozark Natural Science Center, the city and science center may choose to continue or renegotiate the terms of the lease. Founded by Ken and RuAnn Ewing of Rogers, the center gained nonprofit status in 1993 and offers various educational programs at its campus in the Bear Hollow Natural Area in Madison County. Programming at the main center in Huntsville will continue as usual.

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