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Beaver wildlife center was worth the effort

May 6, 2011
Morning Journal News

Ever dream of something for the longest time and when it finally comes true it surpasses your wildest imagination?

That's what happened to curator Jim Kerr and his dream of creating a wildlife education center at Beaver Creek state park.

With gasoline prices spiraling out of control, many county residents are probably considering shelving vacation plans for this summer. Lucky for us, the new Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center offers a quick less-than-a-tank trip from anywhere within Columbiana County. And the selection of displays will truly make visitors believe they have been transported into another world.

Made possible with a $300,000 Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant, the new 40-foot by 70-foot building offers the public an in-depth, up-close look at just what nature has to offer.

Marveling at how well his dream has come to life, Kerr said, "I had this vision for a long time, but I never thought it would come out this good."

More than 180 animals native to our area have been stuffed and mounted by a taxidermist. The mounts are displayed in the new four seasons room amid a mural hand-painted by artist Diane Less, which magically transports each species into a lifelike environment.

The new center also offers a library with some 1,000 books on natural history and various animals. A new wildlife viewing room has also been added, and a garden consisting of all native Ohio plants, specifically planted to attract wildlife.

There is no admission charge, but donations are accepted.

The Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center is truly a dream come true, and we urge area residents and their families to check it out. You won't be disappointed.



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