Ford Nature Center is set to close for renovations beginning in February temporarily.

Mill Creek MetroParks representatives say the closure marks the start of the Center's Redevelopment Project.

The project is expected to take up to two years to complete.

MetroPark officials expect to reopen Ford Nature Center in the Spring or Summer of 2022.

The organization launched a capital campaign in July 2018 with a $3 million goal.

Since the start of the campaign, the Foundation has raised $2,530,262, including a $1 million signature gift from the Sand Hill Foundation of Menlo Park.

Renovations planned for the Ford Nature Center include learning labs, exhibits, and 21st-century upgrades.

The Center has been open since 1972 in the former C.S. Robinson Mansion that was donated by the Judge John Ford Family.

"We appreciate the support the community has provided through the campaign and look forward to the successful completion of the project," says Aaron Young, Executive Director of Mill Creek MetroParks.