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Another learning opportunity has opened in Prince William County.
Locust Shade Park by Triangle has become the home of a Grō indoor learning center.
The Grō program is also located at James Long Regional Park near Haymarket, according to a release from Prince William County.
Visitors of the facility will be educated about nature.
“It’s a natural education center, principally to serve our Science in the Park youth who are coming in as part of the tour through the park,” Prince William County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department Spokesperson Brent Heavner said in a release.
Offering activities and exhibits, the facility is available for Science in the Park attendees. Community members may also access it during certain events.
Outgoing Potomac District Supervisor Maureen Caddigan participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony and described the philosophy of Grō as “innovative.”
“It is an approach to natural education, and it provides children the opportunity to connect and explore and learn. I’m very happy that this is here,” Caddigan said in a release. “I can’t think of a more perfect partnership than Grō and Science in the Park in this magnificent, historic park.”
In addition to the learning center, Locust Shade Park features hiking trails, boating, and mini golf, according to Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Seth Hendler-Voss.
Members of the public may also enjoy fishing, a playground, and an amphitheater.
“The thing missing from this outdoor laboratory was indoor space where visitors could interact with exhibits that prepared the senses for excursions they would take outside, to help make sense of what they’re seeing as they go into our park,” Seth Hendler-Voss said in a release.
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