Duluth Family Donates 8.5 Acres of Land to Hartley Nature Center

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Hartley Nature Center

Duluth Family Donates 8.5 Acres of Land to Hartley Nature Center

December 4, 2012 Updated Dec 4, 2012 at 10:52 AM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A generous donation from one Duluth family will expand Hartley Nature Center's grounds by 8.5 acres in the woodland neighborhood.

The gift of property, located along Woodland Avenue, was donated to Hartley Nature Center by the Dr. Joel and Kris Zamzow family.

“We are excited,” said Executive Director Tom O‘Rouke. “We are grateful to the Zamzow family for this gift. Their generosity opens up the potential for new programming to serve children and families in our area.”

O'Rouke says that officials at Hartley are not sure yet what the newly donated land will be used for. The board of directors is looking into short and long term options for the new land that they hope will enhance Hartley's programming.

Kris Zamzow said their family has a connection to Hartley Park and the Nature Center.

“The decision was a family decision," says Zamzow. "Our two kids grew up right across from Hartley Park, going to camps and spending a lot of time on the trails with me. When we lost our house on the property in the fire, it was a tragedy. For us to have something good come out of something that bad is really a blessing. We have really enjoyed Hartley’s programs and believe in the work they do.”

Hartley Nature Center provides educational programs for area schools, day camps and family and adult learning opportunities about the natural world.

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