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New exhibits coming to Placerita Canyon Nature Center

Posted: July 16, 2013 7:08 p.m.
Updated: July 16, 2013 7:08 p.m.

County supervisors approved more than $1.4 million in funding for Placerita Canyon Nature Center and Natural Area on Tuesday. Signal photo by Jonathan Pobre

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Members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to approve more than $1.4 million in funding for a series of new exhibits at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center and Natural Area in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The funding will be used to construct a series of interpretative exhibits at the center consisting of large displays portraying natural scenes and different environments, according to Los Angeles County Regional Park Superintendent Russell Kimura.

Those displays include the plants and animals of different environments, including a typical oak woodland community, the environment on the banks of a stream and on hills and areas of chaparral.

Other displays will inform visitors of the importance of designated natural areas, like the one in Placerita Canyon, and a “discovery lab” to provide an informational experience to visitors.

Kimura said the project has been in the works for several years but can now progress after Tuesday’s board vote.

The exhibits should be ready to go in about 14 months, he said.

Board members voted 4-0 to approve funding for the project. Supervisor Don Knabe was absent from the vote.
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