octcs 02 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (11/14/17) — Owensboro Community & Technical College, the OCTC Foundation, Inc. and the OCTC Nature Committee is honoring Dr. Carol "Kit" Gallagher at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17 with a ceremony near the entrance of the Virginia Miles Nature Center.

Gallagher was instrumental in creating the nature center and has been a vital part of its planning, maintenance and mission.

OCTC is the only community college that has a nature center available for classroom and recreational use. The area is home to numerous types of birds that have been catalogued by the Audubon Society. The area is used in various classes, including a science course that tags butterflies annually as a project. The Nature Committee hosts an annual Nature Day event inviting local children to experience nature first hand with area experts on plants, insects, and animals.

The center was created during the construction of the main campus and has been maintained by the OCTC staff and Nature Committee since its inception. The area includes a nesting island in the lake which benefits the environment by providing important nesting habitats for various animals and birds.

"We are extremely proud of the Virginia Miles Nature Center and delighted to honor Dr. Gallagher for all her efforts to preserve and enhance the nature center," said OCTC President Scott Williams.

Following the brief ceremony, the college will host a reception for Gallagher in the Chandler Conference Center in the Advanced Technology Center on the main campus at 4800 New Hartford Road, Owensboro. The event is free and open to the public. For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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