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Robinson Preserve’s environmental classroom taking nature’s shape

In nature, there are no right angles. So when planning for Manatee County’s first true environmental classroom, it was natural for Charlie Hunsicker to want one without any boxes, squares or rectangles.

“It’s the intent to insight the wonder of exploration of this property without the right angles not found in nature,” Manatee County’s parks and natural resources director said as he watched construction of the environmental classroom at Robinson Preserve.

Construction crews were on-site Friday morning working on the 1,700-square-foot environmental center, elevated boardwalks and restrooms. The project is about 40 percent complete.

Backwood Bridges LLC, based in the Panhandle town of Freeport, was sawing the edges of the boardwalk, which leads up to the Mosaic Center for Nature, Exploration, Science and Technology.