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Earlier this year, a ceremonial putt kicked off construction of a new 18-hole miniature golf course at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. The Conservation Course is scheduled to open in late summer and will cater to golf fans as well as children learning about science through interactive play. Gary N icklaus and Jim Fazio, sons of two local icons in the golfing community, are collaborating on the custom-designed course and both were in attendance for the ground breaking. Designed with science in mind, each hole of the Conservation Course will represent an animal or plant native to the Everglades. Plaques along the course will educate visitors about the species and local conservation efforts. Plans for an annual professional and amateur putting tournament, the Conservation Cup, are in the works. Science Center CEO Lew Crampton told community leaders and board members at the ground breaking that the mini golf course is the first step in a larger plan for continued growth at the 55-year-old destination. “We have done our homework and established there is a need for more science and related programs in our community,” he said. He added that attendance at the West Palm Beach facility had doubled to 225,000 visitors per year and revenues had grown from $1.9 million to $4.2 million in just four years. STEM Studio, which opened in March, represents another step in the Science Center’s continued expansion plans. In partnership with Bricks 4 Kidz, the 2,000-square-foot space serves as a social hub for educational enrichment in Jupiter’s Downtown Abacoa. “It will allow us to open even more minds to science,” Crampton said. “We look forward to bringing our well-known camps, planetarium shows, Parents Night Out events and so much more to the residents of northern Palm Beach County, Abacoa and beyond.”

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