SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (CBS) — Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was among those cutting the ribbon Saturday morning on a newly-renovated nature center in the south suburbs.
The Sand Ridge Nature Center welcomed guests Saturday morning in South Holland.READ MORE: Dog Groomer Transportation Van Found After Being Stolen With 3 Dogs Inside In Lakeview
Inside the nature center building, the turtles came out to greet folks in their tanks. There are also some rather fascinating snakes.
The nature center offers a lot to learn abut the Calumet region’s natural and cultural history, with hands-on activities. Outside the building, flowers and native plans fill colorful gardens, and you can enjoy hiking, biking, and birdwatching on nearby trails.READ MORE: Man Arrested In Countless Social Media Threats Directed At CPS Schools, Days After Shootings Kill 2 Simeon Career Academy Students
There are new trails now at the Camp Shabonna Woods campsite, and accessible fishing outcroppings at Green Lake.
“Sand Ridge Campus is a natural theme park. There is something for everybody here,” Cook County Forest Preserve District General Superintendent Arnold Randall was quoted from the ribbon-cutting ceremony.MORE NEWS: Chicago Father Frustrated With His Child Tax Credit Payment Delayed And Missing Due To Glitches In System
The $1.6 million renovation of the Sand Ridge Nature Center was funded largely by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development program.