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Crystal Lake Nature Center receives $363,000 grant for redesign, new exhibits

The Crystal Lake Nature Center will undergo a complete redesign with new exhibits using a $363,000 state grant, the Crystal Lake Park District said Wednesday.

The Nature Center was one of 36 Illinois museums that will receive a total of $19.7 million in state capital investments to improve their facilities and develop new exhibits.

A remodel of the Nature Center, including updated offices, flooring, lighting and storage space, was recently completed to make way for the exhibit project, the park district said in a news release.

A project timeline will be posted online at once the finalized concept plans are available.

The investments will be made possible through the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program, funded by the Rebuild Illinois capital program, the governor’s office said in a news release.

The program, administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, is open to any museum operated by local government or located on municipally owned land. The maximum grant award for projects is $750,000 and matching funds are required in many cases based on museum attendance levels.

More information about the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program is available online here.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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