Friday, 18 September 2020

Bilger’s Rocks Association to build educational visitor center

The Bilger’s Rocks Association has plans to remodel one of its cabins into a visitor center. (WJAC)

GRAMPIAN – A Clearfield County destination that’s millions of years old is adding something new.

The Bilger’s Rocks Association has plans to remodel one of its cabins into a visitor center.

Bilger’s Rocks is geological sandstone formations nestled in the woods outside of Grampain.

“These rocks are over 325 million years of age and they have a mysterious type of environment for people to come and explore,” said association member Terry O’Connor.

Hundreds of visitors from across the world hike and tour the rocks each year. But officials said a visitor center has been missing.

“Our cabin right now is just for storage and it could be utilized for education,” said association secretary Barb McCracken.

A $25,000 grant from the Clearfield County Recreation and Tourism Authority will help foot the bill.

“We are hoping the visitor center will attract local schools and schools from outside of the area,” said Visit Clearfield County’s Assistant Director Susan Swales-Vitullo. “It’s going to add so much more and be a full package deal here now.”

The visitor center will include a classroom for education and a space to house artifacts, samples of wildlife and fossils to educate people on the heritage of the area.

“The resources that we have here are so valuable and the rocks alone have great history that we’ll now be able to share with the public,” McCracken said.

Members said the funds will not be available until January. They plan to start remodeling immediately after receiving the money and have the visitor center open by spring.

Source: http://wjactv.com/news/local/bilgers-rocks-association-to-build-educational-visitor-center

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