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The National Park Service will celebrate the grand opening today of the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve's new visitor's center. The center was built using the latest in environmentally friendly and energy efficient systems for lighting, heating and cooling, and plumbing.
Geothermal energy is used to heat and cool the facility. The building makes use of natural light and solar tubes in work areas, light sensors and low illumination outdoor fixtures.
It also makes use of low-flow plumbing fixtures, cement instead of carpeting and reclaimed wood for the entryway.
The grand opening will begin at 3 p.m. with events that include prairie and ranch tours, kite flying and facepainting, crafts, and other activities.
The Tallgrass Express String Band will perform at 6 p.m. followed by the opening ceremony at 7 p.m. Which will be attended by Health and Human Services Secretary and former Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius.
Joining Sebelius will be Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. The Tallgrass Prarie National Preserve is located off of Highway 177, just north of Strong City.
For more information, visit their website or call (620) 273-9494 or 6034.