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Residents help keep Miller Springs Nature Center clean in Belton

Posted at 4:16 PM, Jan 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-01 17:16:41-05

Cold temperatures were no match for retired biologist Jerry Evans and others who showed up Miller Springs Nature Center in Belton Tuesday morning to participate in the city's end of year hike and clean-up.

"It feels real good because we need a lot of volunteers and we got about 7 miles of track and they need to be cleaned up," Evans said.

Retirement hasn't kept Evans from jumping at every chance he has to get out in the great outdoors and share his love for nature.

"My website also, for this whole county, has the plants and animals and many things," Evans said.

Particularly, when it comes to sharing his knowledge with younger generations.

"I'm interested in it and they are and it's fun. It's good exercise. Helps the cardio," Evans said.

Leading the way down the trail using his trusty wooden stick, Evans said that teaching kids to care about the environment is important.

Belton and Temple jointly operate Miller Springs Nature Center, a 260 acre of scenic park area East of Belton Dam.