Work started in October 2017 as soon as the Wildlife Center was closed for the 2017 season. John Garwood and some of his students came and helped empty the North American Room and haul in all the rocks that will be used in the new display. They also helped clean up around the building outside, cutting off old flowers, raking leaves, and spreading mulch. They were a great help to get a lot done in one morning.
Once the North American Room was empty, the volunteers started to plot out the placement of the animals in the new display.
Using the money donated by the Columbiana County Farm Bureau through their Farm to Forest Dinner, some capital improvement projects were completed. This included the installation of a new HVAC unit in the old section of the building, and vinyl flooring in the hallway and live animal room. The live animal room was painted.
Diane Less met with the volunteers to plan the mural she will paint in the North American Room starting in early January. Plans were made on how the displays will be built. The volunteers started to hang the head mounts on the north wall. Students from the CCCTC also helped hang the head mounts in the North American Room.