In 1998, a dedicated group of local people called the Aurora Conservation Council volunteered their efforts to create a nature center for the community. This small group has grown but still needs YOUR help to keep the center open and active. Below are some ways YOU can help! Join a committee: Finance/Fundraising/Membership — activities may include contacting potential donors or members, finding corporate sponsors, assisting with fundraising events such as our annual golf outing. Programming — activities may include helping to plan, arrange and confirm future programs at the nature center as well as setting up and staffing these events. Marketing/Communications — activities may include creating flyers or ads, distributing information and flyers, arranging signage, contacting reporters, writing for the newsletter or website and more. Facilities — activities may include planting, watering and maintaining the flower beds, fixing, installing or building small projects, painting, and other similar jobs.
The Moebius Nature Center is available for half or full day rental for your family or group event. The pavilion has 8 large picnic tables and overlooks Sunny Lake Park in Aurora. It is a wonderful location for picnics and outdoor activities. Use of a large stationary grill (adjacent to the pavilion) is included. The Nature Center (main building) can accommodate your indoor events and provides back-up in case of cool or wet weather. Use of available tables and chairs is included. A kitchenette and lavatory facilities are available for either venue.
HOW Green (environmentally preferable) is MNC? 1. 30% recycled fly ash concrete drive 2. Zero waste cellulose blown in insulation 3. Tankless instant / on-demand hot water heating 4. Energy Star rated windows 5. High SEER HVAC 6. Walls made of pressed sunflower hulls and wheat straw 7. Reused greenhouse saved from being buried in a C&D landfill 8. Zero VOC / zero silica paint (interior) 9. Low flow instant on/off fixtures in public areas (motion sensing so kids can’t leave them on) 10. Low flow toilets 11. Non chlorinated drinking water from our own well 12. Low PVC content in building 13. No PVC content in drinking water system 14. 100% reused seating for 99 program attendees 15. 100% reused shelving from a local store that went out of business 16. Shell of building renovated – 80% reused, core 50%. (This was not new construction but a renovation) 17. Resident beaver population 2 and growing… 18. Certainly, the stream of environmental education-based programs that have been ongoing for over 6 years adds a layer of greenness as well! 19. More soon… the process continues!
The Aurora Conservation Council (A.C.C.) was founded in 1991 and has been sponsoring nature programs and activities at the present location since 2000 with the support of Rotary of Aurora. A.C.C. actively promoted recycling and was instrumental in the passage of a levy that raised $6.5 million for the preservation of open space in the city, for purposes of conservation and passive recreation, and to hold development in check. The City of Aurora purchased the 44 acre property on E. Mennonite Road, just East of Sunny Lake, in 1998 and named it the Moebius Nature Center in honor of Arthur and Ruth Moebius, long-time residents of Aurora, who donated over 40 acres of woodlands to the city and who were deeply involved in environmental conservation. Art was a founding member of A.C.C. In 2003, A.C.C. entered into an agreement with the city to renovate the three-car garage which added bathrooms, a small kitchen, and storage and preserved the greenhouse which would otherwise be scrapped. A fund-raising campaign was begun, plans were drawn up, and the project was completed in the spring of 2006. The entire enterprise was privately funded with work done by licensed contractors using environmentally-friendly materials and meets city code. The Aurora Garden Club did much of the landscaping.