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Mount Union College Hosts Appreciation Day at the Nature Center

October 24, 2006

Mount Union College hosted an Appreciation Day at the John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center in honor of the 20th anniversary of the gift of the farm from Dr. John D. Brumbaugh on Saturday, October 21 from 9 am ' noon.

As part of the appreciation day, the Nature Center did a dedication of the Forest Buchanan Trail and the Educational Gardens in honor of Forest Wendell Buchanan '28. Buchanan began his career teaching in eastern Ohio. Not long after he became an international explorer and naturalist of national renown. He has produced many photographs of natural history subjects and taught many courses in natural history in West Virginia and Wyoming. Buchanan was also cofounder of the Forest Audubon Club in Steubenville, OH.

The Nature Center also recognized the restored Huston Farm area. When Dr. Brumbaugh donated this land it was his desire that the land and shed be maintained in good condition. Over the last 20 years, the college has replaced structural timbers and siding and repaired the stone foundation.

Lastly the Nature Center recognized the 226 volunteers with 'From the Heart' Awards and presented the Volunteer of the Year Award to Bruce Byers. During the past year the volunteers have spent numerous hours of work and talent at the Nature Center.

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