- Associated Press - Sunday, November 23, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - The Fernbank Museum of Natural History is planning an expansion to its Atlanta campus that will include a new outdoor adventure experience for visitors and increased access to the Fernbank Forest.

Museum officials say the outdoor expansion will occupy 10 acres of mature woodlands and allow visitors to explore landscapes and tree pods, while also experiencing imaginative play areas, ground trails, elevated adventure nets and “floating” walkways.

Fernbank President and CEO Susan Neugent says it will be a “rare opportunity to connect our visits with a truly authentic nature experience right here inside the city.”

The rest of the expansion will include increased access to the 65-acre Fernbank Forest, which officials say is one of the nation’s largest old-growth urban forests.

The expansion is set to open in summer 2016.

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