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ETHS nature center offers tours

Evanston Township High School will hold an Open House at its on-site Nature Center from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 7.

The whole community is invited to tour the facility, located just west of the ETHS football stadium off of Church Street.

The ETHS Nature Center encompasses several habitats—prairie, savannah, ponds, wetland, forest, and a horticulture study plot.

The center was installed over two years and had its grand opening in October 2004. Since then, science students from ETHS and District 65 have studied and conducted research year-round in this unique, award-winning outdoor science classroom.

Special activities have been planned for the community open house. Students taking Environmental Science will lead visitors on tours and will supervise and direct science-related activities.

Visitors will be able to dip for plankton, invertebrates, tadpoles, and other pond-loving creatures and learn to use field-science equipment such as dip nets, plankton nets, and microscopes as well as basic water-chemistry test kits and meters.

They can also collect and study insects, and learn tips and strategies for water and energy conservation.

The Nature Center open house is free of charge. Families are encouraged to attend. Parking is available on the north side of Church St. near the football field and in the lots at the rear of the school.

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