By Jen Kastner
MIDLAND- Walk through the new I-20 Wildlife Preserve and Jenna Welch Nature Study Center and you'll feel like you're miles away from the Tall City. Folks around the Basin have waited years for something like this.
Executive Director, Nathan Knowles says, "For once they'll be able to stay in Midland and they won't have to go four or five hours away just to have an outdoor experience."
The preserve will be entirely free to the public.
"We just finished building 3.4 miles of handicap-accessible trails," Knowles said.
Those trails lead up to a hawk tower and seven bird blinds spread around the property.
"During the last rain we were able to fill the playa," Knowles said. That playa is nearly 30 acres.
Workers are also transforming an old cattle corral into a butterfly garden. They'll fill it with native plants, attracting butterflies to it throughout the year.
Workers broke ground on the project about a year ago but it's been a concept more than five years in the making and it became a reality with the help of grant money from Texas Parks and Wildlife Service.
The preserve is expected to open up to the public in December.