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Ozark Natural Science Center hosts Chicago students

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Photographs by Ben Goff

Joanie Patterson (third from left) talks about wildlife Friday to fourth-graders from Brighton Park school in Chicago at Ozark Natural Science Center near Huntsville. The students from Brighton Park, a public charter school, are visiting Northwest Arkansas for a five-day immersive environmental education program.

HUNTSVILLE -- Eric Voecks, lead naturalist at Ozark Natural Science Center, spotted a snake in a pond and alerted fourth-graders playing in an adjacent field on Friday afternoon.

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The Ozark Natural Science Center’s classroom is the 400-acre Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission Bear Hollow Natural Area. The central campus includes three lodges, an education building, guest housing, faculty housing, the Stewart Springfield Memorial Outdoor Classroom, an observation deck, and almost 8 miles of maintained hiking trails.

Source: Ozark Natural Science Center

Becky Olthof, Ozark Natural Science Center interim executive director, leads a group of fourth-graders from Brighton Park school in Chicago on a walk ...

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