The state says it will take over the operation of a southeast Kansas nature center.
The Kansas Wildlife, Parks & Tourism announced Tuesday it will begin running the Southeast Kansas Nature Center in Galena, pending approvals from the center's board and Galena City Council.
The Joplin Globe reports the state already is advertising for a director.
Mike Rader, of the parks department, says services and operations at the center will not change much, unless the new director proposes new programs.
The center currently is funded mostly by donations and run by volunteers. Supporters say it is the only area in Kansas that still contains part of the Ozarks.
The state also operates a nature center in Junction City.