Postponed more than a month, the Columbia Mine Preserve will finally be opened to the public this Saturday, November 16. A grand opening ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m.
The property, which is part of the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge and includes over 1,000 acres, was acquired by the Sycamore Land Trust last year. It was supposed to open on October 5.
The federal government shutdown postponed the original opening.
Numerous species of wildlife can be seen inside the preserve.