MEMPHIS, Tenn. Oct. 21, 2020 The Wade Bourne Nature Center near Clarksville, Tenn., will open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 24. The Center is in Montgomery Countys Rotary Park.

The late Wade Bourne was the former editor-at-large of Ducks Unlimited (DU) magazine, a former DU TV co-host, outdoor journalist, father, husband and longtime wildlife conservation supporter and champion. His more than 3,000 published articles and six books celebrated the outdoors lifestyle and entertained and informed countless readers.

Ducks Unlimited recently paid tribute to Bourne with a DU Film entitled Wade. Visit to view this film and many others.

Ducks Unlimited magazine Editorial Director Matt Young worked closely with Bourne for many years. Young has high praise for the man and his impact on the outdoors community.

A legendary outdoor writer and broadcaster, Wade Bourne informed, entertained and inspired legions of hunters and anglers across America, said Young. He was also a leading voice for conservation, who used his gifts as a communicator to encourage others to give back to our precious natural resources. I can't think of a more fitting tribute to our dear friend and colleague than this beautiful nature center dedicated in his honor, which will help educate present and future generations about the importance of wildlife conservation.

The 4,300-square-foot center completes the Rotary Park master plan. The Montgomery County Parks and Recreation nature center houses permanent exhibits exclusive to Rotary Park, a preschool interactive exhibit, a large indoor meeting space, wrap-around observation deck and outdoor classroom, among other amenities. Natural Resources and Programming Manager Sally Burchett is excited to open the center to the community.

We at Montgomery County Parks and Recreation are pleased to open the Wade Bourne Nature Center at Rotary Park to the public, Burchett said. The center provides great learning opportunities for children and adults and gives everyone a great place to visit and enjoy nature at its finest.

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