Contact: Mike McClanahan

ASHEBORO N.C.—The Construction Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, NCBA, held its quarterly Council meeting in Asheboro May 1st to present a check for $10,000 to the North Carolina Zoo Society to help build the Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Learning Center at the N.C. Zoo.

The Schindler Wildlife Learning Center, under construction since late last year, is expected to open in July. “We are grateful for the NCBA’s generous support of this important project”, said Russ Williams, N.C. Zoo Society executive director. “Besides directly contributing funds NCBA members have helped with contract issues and with identifying sources for donated construction materials and services. This level of involvement helps ensure that the Schindler Wildlife Learning Center will fulfill its promise for educators students scholars artists and others working for conservation of our precious natural resources.

”The Schindler Wildlife Learning Center will provide affordable accommodations for college and university students who participate in apprenticeships, internships, and residencies at the zoo and will also welcome visiting artists and scholars engaged in work that advances the zoo’s missions in conservation, education, recreation, and research.

In addition, the center will expand the zoo’s leadership role in online learning and internet-teaching by offering classes in technologies that researchers use to promote conservation. During part of the year the center will also offer educator workshops on inquiry-based teaching methods and support other special events that engage small groups in camping, hiking, and research activities held in the park at night. “The NCBA is thrilled to be involved in such a worthwhile project that will serve so many across North Carolina” said Pete Marino chair of the Construction Law Section. The N.C. Bar Association, founded in 1899, is the largest voluntary legal organization in North Carolina. The Construction Law Section is concerned with issues including public contracting, development, insurance, and claims OSHA compliance and subcontracting.

The N.C. Zoological Society is a private non-profit organization that supports the N.C. Zoo and conservation.

The zoo is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources William G. Ross Jr. Secretary; Michael F. Easley Governor.