Quest welcomes all offering alternatives to attach with the atmosphere, that includes an enormous aquarium tank, reside animals, and nature trails.
MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. — Mecklenburg County lower the ribbon Wednesday to open Quest, the academic gateway to 1,460 acres of the Latta Nature Preserve in north Charlotte alongside Mountain Island Lake.
Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting comes after the closing of the Historic Latta Plantation earlier this 12 months. The closure occurred within the wake of outrage sparked by the deliberate “Kingdom Come” occasion coinciding with Juneteenth.
As a consequence, Mecklenburg County determined to not renew its contract with the earlier contractor.
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County leaders mentioned Quest is the supply for academic packages and knowledge on the protect’s pure communities.
The protect, Mecklenburg County’s largest, types a inexperienced peninsula extending into Mountain Island Lake and protects a heritage site and plenty of endangered crops.
Quest is a staff effort between Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation and the Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville. It options native animals, a 3,000 square-foot interactive exhibit corridor together with a 6,000-gallon aquarium, school rooms, convention rooms, rentable area, and a present store.
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“This place is created in order that we will present experiences to the general public to remind everybody of our interconnectedness; how vital it’s to guard our pure sources,” Elaine Powell, Vice-Chair of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners, mentioned.
The Raptor Center will ultimately transfer all of its raptors to Quest after the completion of the Raptor Trail, which is at present below building.
The property is owned by Mecklenburg County. After the scheduled “Kingdom Come” occasion meant for June 19, the identical date which marks Juneteenth, the vacation commemorating the emancipation of enslaved individuals within the U.S., the county determined to not renew its contract with former site supervisor Ian Campbell. Campbell defended the occasion as academic and mentioned the plantation didn’t promote white supremacist beliefs. At the time, Campbell’s web site promoted the occasion as one that includes tales informed by the grasp of the slaves on the historic plantation.
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Campbell’s contract with the county was not renewed when it expired two weeks later on June 30, 2021.
At the time, the Carolina Raptor Center, which is situated on the identical property however was managed individually, responded to the outrage and provided free admission on June 19.
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