Warner Nature Center in St. Croix Valley to close at end of year
Article in the StarTribune by Matt McKinney.
No explanation given for closing of the Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center near Marine on St. Croix.
The Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center, a 49-year-old wilderness education site in the St. Croix Valley, will close at the end of the year, according to the center’s principal funder and landlord.
The decision by the Manitou Fund, a private foundation based in St. Paul, came as a surprise even to people who work closely with the center.
The nature center hosts thousands of schoolchildren annually at its 900-acre site in Marine on St. Croix for nature hikes, fossil hunts, canoeing on the St. Croix River and visits with its 13 captive animals.