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Byline: Christine Keeling
Aug. 02--AUSTINTOWN -- Austintown teachers and their students can get closer to nature this school year.
Zane Welch, of Austintown, designed, developed and led the way for the creation of the Environmental Learning Center located in the Austintown Local School Wetlands. The three-year effort was to help the Troop 115 member earn an Eagle Scout rank.
The learning center, next to the district's middle school, features a mulch walking trail that leads to an open "classroom" area overlooking the wetlands. Nesting boxes for bats, blue birds, wood ducks and owls also were added. They surround a pond and are filled with wood chips to …