- Associated Press - Friday, February 26, 2021

ALUM CREEK, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources plans to open its new wildlife education center this summer.

The $5 million, 9,500-square-foot facility in Kanawha County will include educational space, an amphitheater and exhibits dedicated to the area’s ecology and native wildlife, the agency said.

The Claudia L. Workman Wildlife Education Center will be near Alum Creek at the Forks of Coal State Natural Area. Construction is on schedule, officials said.

“We’re still a few months away from the exhibits coming in, but once it’s all said and done this place will be a top-notch learning facility where we can get people outside and educate them about the outdoors,” said Roger Wolfe, a Division of Natural Resources engineer.

In addition to educational displays, the center will feature bird watching areas and hiking trails.

The center is being named for the late Claudia Workman, whose husband, Jack, donated 105 acres for a nature-based education center.

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