HOLLAND, Mich.—DeGraaf Nature Center is growing with the help of a $40,000 grant from Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area.
The funding approved Wednesday will go toward purchasing a neighboring property, which the nature center will transform into a safer entryway for school children and other guests.
The house is expected to sell for $123,000. The rest of the purchasing money will come from donations and a nature center founding grant.
“We are very excited and thrilled that we have been selected to receive this funding, which is needed to support a number of critical improvements to the DeGraaf Nature Center that have been planned for many years. The gains will be enjoyed for generations to come at this very popular natural refuge in the heart of an urban environment,” said Holland City Manager Ryan Cotton.
DeGraaf Nature Center welcomes thousands of visitors each year.