“We are just delighted especially because this project is funded not from the state of Illinois, it also has federal funds in it and then a local grant part of it. So, it’s the three of us coming together recognizing the value of conservation, recreation, parks,” Noble says.
The Tawny Oaks Nature Center project also include a shelter, trails and permeable paved parking. The site will feature 11-acres of various plantings and interpretive stations. The state grant funding is part of more than $15 million awarded this year that’s being matched by local park districts.