Grand Valley Zoological Quest Prepares to Open Fruita Nature Center
KREX News Room
FRUITA, Colo.- After three years of fundraising, the Grand Valley Zoological Quest (GVZQ) is just weeks away from opening its Children's Nature Center.
The Children's Center will offer a number of birds, fish and reptiles to look over, as well as a number of tanks that will give kids a chance to interact with the animals.
These sorts of of activities are only possible due to the $130,000 in donations the organization has received since they started in 2010.
Members of GVZQ hope this is just the beginning of a number of zoo activities they hope to provide in the future.
"Our ultimate goal is to have a larger zoological facility," said Janet Gardner, Executive Director of GVZQ. "We see this as a stepping stone. We feel that this is a place that we'd be able to maintain even with a larger zoological center."
GVZQ has provided zoological education to approximately 16,000 Grand Valley students since 2010.
They estimate the Children's Nature Center will attract 30,000 to 50,000 visitors in their first year of operation.
The grand opening will be held on December 14, 2013.