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Patuxent wildlife center gets $250,000 grant

The Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, which includes 8,100 acres that once made up part of Fort Meade, has received a $250,000 grant to provide environmental education at its visitors center.

The Prince George's County Parks and Recreation Foundation awarded the grant money at a ceremony last week in Greenbelt.

"We have had a wonderful working relationship with the foundation and appreciate all that it has done to help the visitor center advance from being just a dream to a reality," said Harold J. O'Connor, director of the Patuxent center.

The visitors center, scheduled to open next year, will offer a variety of programs dealing with the wildlife center's mission of studying endangered species, investigating environmental contaminants and studying migratory habits of birds.

The center will feature interactive exhibits and films along with outdoor activities, including nature trails that will teach people the importance of environmental research and conservation.

The Prince George's foundation plans to open a bookstore in the visitor's center. Funds will help pay for the building.

The Patuxent Wildlife Research Center is operated by the U.S. Fish and and Wildlife Service, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior.


* Severn: A resident of the 1000 block of Minnetonka Road reported to police that someone stole two lawn ornaments and tore the top off a lamp post in his yard Thursday night. The property was valued at $150.

* Crofton: A model home in the 200 block of Finnegan Drive was vandalized between Friday and Sunday. Employees of MV Homes in the 2200 block of Defense Highway found BB gun pellet holes in the building when they arrived Monday morning.

* Laurel: Thieves broke into two 1989 Volkswagens parked in the lot at Tischer Auto in the 3300 block of Fort Meade Road Saturday night and took two front seats and a steering wheel. The property was valued at $2,200.

* Crofton: Burglars broke into Minuteman Press in the 2100 block of Defense Highway Saturday night and took $120 from the cash register.

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