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Missouri Institute of Natural Science to Break Ground on addition

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Giant Short Faced Bear Skull (Arctodus Simus)

A skull of the giant short-faced bear is among many exhibits on display at the Missouri Institute of Natural Science (MINS) in Springfield.

SPRINGFIELD –  The Missouri Institute of Natural Science (MINS) will break ground on a new addition that will double the size of the current museum building. The public is welcome to attend this groundbreaking ceremony at Noon on June 16th, 2015.

Thanks in large part to an anonymous donor, this new addition will allow MINS to double the display area for fossils and minerals currently in the collection. The highlight of this added display will be Henry the Triceratops, recovered by members of the excavation crew for MINS. Other additions will include an expansive display of Oligocene mammals from the White River Badlands in South Dakota.

The projected date of completion for the new addition is mid-October of 2015, but the restoration of Henry the Triceratops will take a bit longer.

Additional funding and/or donations will be needed to achieve all of the construction goals the organization hopes to achieve. Contributions can be made in person at the facility located at 2327 W. Farm Road 190, Springfield, MO, or through Paypal on the www.monatsci.org.

In addition to exhibit space, this expansion will allow volunteers at the museum to host field trips and educational presentations in a larger venue. This venue is also available as reserved meeting space for private events.

The museum staff welcomes school field trips, girl and boy scouts and homeschoolers by appointment. Unlike some museums where everything is behind glass, the Museum at Riverbluff Cave is hands-on, letting visitors touch and hold fossils, and even look at meteorites under a microscope. Kids  meet geologists and collect Crinoids that have become loose on the outcropping near Cox Road. The hope is that children leave with an understanding of local geology and an eagerness to go home and find things on their own.

To learn more about the Missouri Institute of Natural Science, visit www.monatsci.org.

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George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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