Nature Reach is an outreach program of Pittsburg State University's Biology Department and is part of the Department's Life Science Education Program. Nature Reach offers interactive small group programs both on the Pittsburg State campus and in schools. The campus location has a collection of wild animals which exceeds the size of most nature centers. Although there are many reptiles and amphibians, there are also fish, ferrets and a talkative Catalina macaw.
In addition to the private exhibit shown above, there are several natural history exhibits on display in the hallways of Heckert-Wells Hall. They include a display about raptors, several cases of Kansas fossils, and aquariums.
Nature Reach also has a Natural History Reserve which is located several miles southwest of Pittsburg, Kansas. There are 79 acres of partially reclaimed mine land and the Natural History Reserve Laboratory & Raptor Care Facility with its owls, hawks, vulture and crow. The reserve also hosts summer camps for children.
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