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Indian Creek Nature Center Shows Off Plans for $6.9 Million Rebuilding Project

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CEDAR RAPIDS — The Indian Creek Nature Center formally announced its 6.9 million dollar “Amazing Space” rebuild project Tuesday.

The new nature center will feature a sustainable campus, outdoor amphitheater, and butterfly house.

In addition, nationally-certified outdoor Nature Explore classrooms will be available to area kids.

“Getting kids to learn, getting families to experience all the great things nature has to offer, that’s really why we exist,” said John Myers, executive director of Indian Creek Nature Center.

The project is expected to break ground in spring 2015, and be completed by the end of 2016.

It also will be the only “Living Building,” in the United States. That means 100% of the electricity used will be generated on site and geothermal technology will heat and cool the building.

“We committed to sustainable principles many, many years ago,” Myers said. “But now we’re seeking a certification called the ‘Living Building Challenge,’ and it challenges buildings to look to true sustainability.”

The new center will be located a half mile away from the current nature center on Otis Road SE.