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Needs Funded – Matching Funds for Salt Fork Discovery Center

Exciting plans are underway for a new Discovery Center at Salt Fork State Park that will be the first Ohio State Parks structure to have a construction plan that utilizes sustainable construction materials and practices.

Salt Fork is located in Guernsey County, Ohio. It is the largest state park in Ohio, encompassing 17,229 acres of land and 2,952 acres of water. Thousands (do we have an approx recent annual count?) of visitors enjoy boating, hiking, horseback riding, golfing, camping, birding, fishing, swimming, snowmobiling and more at the park each year.

The new Discovery Center will house hands-on educational exhibits that tell the story of Ohio’s local wildlife and natural resources, conservation successes, and how Ohioans are ensuring to sustain and protect the resources that Ohio is known for, including fresh water, clean air, and energy.

Ground-breaking for the Center is scheduled for the spring of 2023 and the opening is set for the following spring in 2024.

The Ohio State Parks Foundation is looking for donations to match a $2 million grant received from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. OSPF aims to fund items that conserve energy and water. Our goal is to ensure the center will highlight sustainability practices through not just its exhibits, but also through its structure. Items such as solar panels and low-flow faucets are examples of what could be included in the construction of the facility.

Additionally, items that go beyond the facility’s construction are in need of funding. A pollinator garden, a rain water collection system for landscaping, and solar lighting for walkways are some of the possibilities that can be added with your support.

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