Art at the Nature Center
The Nature Center is home to several pieces of art including steel sculptures, painted murals and a revolving gallery space.
Four hand-crafted metal art panels mark the entrance to the Nature Center. The welcome sign features a bison head, and three tall corten steel structures celebrate the plants and animals of the habitats found within the center: prairie, wetlands and woodlands. They were designed by staff member Janice Wishnow and created by Jake Balcom of Mettle Design.
A steel sculpture featuring three butterflies is placed near the preschool garden. It was donated by preschool families in memory of a preschool mother, and created by Ron Swanson of Out of Hand Metal Arts.
Inside the Prairie Building, murals by Mark Marcuson depict fall and early summer prairies and an art wall features changing displays of the work of local artists.
In 2009, the Nature Center received two pieces of art designed and fabricated by Carl Weiss of Weiss Studios and Gardens, Springfield, Nebraska. A fountain, displayed seasonally, was added to the Louise Evans Doole Herb Garden, donated by the Doole Family Foundation. At the entrance to the Prairie Building, “Curly”, a bison bench greets visitors.