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I-20 Wildlife Preserve celebrates 10th anniversary with benefit concert

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MIDLAND, TX (KWES) -

The I-20 Wildlife Preserve has become a staple as you drive down the interstate, hard to believe it's been there 10 years now. They're getting ready to celebrate that anniversary with fun and live music.

The benefit concert is featuring Los Lonely Boys.

"Our celebration on Thursday [Sept. 21] with Los Lonely Boys is going to be "Lets-a-fiesta" so we're gonna fiesta," said Elaine Macgruder, President on the Board of Directors for the I-20 Wildlife Preserve. "We're expecting a really good crowd."

The money raised helps pay for day-to-day operations and helps keep the preserve open free to the public.

"To see the excitement on people's faces, especially children," said Macgruder. "Getting children in nature is so important and seeing the excitement that they get when they come out here."

They work with students as young as elementary and even graduate students. The preserve gets about 24,000 visitors every year, many from different states and countries. The wildlife preserve expects more growth with the Jenna Welch Nature Study Center, funding and designing for the center has already started.

"We'll have a visitor area, we're gonna have a food truck area and an outdoor seating area for people to come and enjoy the preserve, maybe have a cup of coffee or a nice lunch," said Macgruder. 

The center will have classroom for students in K-12 grades and students from many universities.

NewsWest 9 is sponsoring the event, tickets start as low as $35, you can buy them here. If you can't attend and would still like to donate click here

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