ELK EXHIBIT: Visitors Get New Educational Plaza

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You have a new place to appreciate Iowa’s heritage this summer. The Polk County Conservation Board unveiled the new Jester Park Elk and Bison Plaza Wednesday morning in Granger. The new educational exhibit features an observation deck, information that’s mixed with art and a new sculpture by a local artist.

Naturalist Lori Foresman-Kirpes says  visitors will be able to see elk and bison roaming from the new deck. The exhibit opened at the park fifty years ago, but visitors had to watch the native animals from behind a fence without much guidance.

She says, “People still come here and think they’re seeing large deer or anything but elk, so it gives us the opportunity to say, no, this is part of our heritage and this is what Iowa, being the prairie state gives us the chance to interpret the giants of the prairie.”

Private donations and a grant paid for the project.

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