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Auto company gives funding for exhibit improvements

Last week, we received a $6,300 grant from the Subaru of Indiana Automotive Foundation. Members of our development department traveled to Lafayette to accept the award.
 
The grant gets us closer to being able to fund an estimated $26,000 project to make some critically needed improvements and upgrades to our Animal Encounters experience. Specifically, the funds will help install a hand-washing station inside the barn, which visitors have indicated they would like so they may clean up after engaging our animals.
 
Conner Prairie was one of 11 grant recipients this year among 147 organizations from throughout the state that applied to Subaru’s foundation for funding. Also, we were the only Hamilton County organization to receive funding. The foundation awards grants twice each year to nonprofit organizations in search of capital funding in arts and culture, health and welfare and education programs.
 
Other improvements we are in the process of funding for Animal Encounters include the installation of new plumbing, lighting and signage, building a new entry ramp to improve accessibility to the barn and more.
 
Animal Encounters is one of our most popular visitor destinations. People can interact with calves, sheep, goats and chicks while learning about each specific animal and about agriculture as a whole from specially trained staff members.