Hartley Nature Center breaks ground on expansion

The construction process is expected to take eight months.

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Hartley Nature Center in Duluth has started a $2.5 million expansion project. Bob King / 2019 file / Duluth News Tribune
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Hartley Nature Center in Duluth broke ground Friday on a $2.5 million building expansion that will include two new classrooms, restrooms, community gathering space, expanded equipment rental and more office and storage spaces.

“We are thrilled to be breaking ground,” Executive Director Tom O’Rourke said in a news release. “Now, more than ever, it’s important to help people build deeper connections with nature — children especially."

The project is funded partly by a Legacy grant from the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission, as well as Hartley's ongoing capital campaign.

“This project is critical to the future of Hartley Nature Center and environmental education in our region,” O'Rourke said. “While COVID-related cost increases are necessitating a last fundraising push, we are excited to be moving forward with construction.”

Construction is expected to take eight months.

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