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California senator tours DANA Cultural Center in Nipomo

California state Sen. Bill Monning tours the historic Dana Adobe in Nipomo on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Marina Washburn, right, executive director of DANA Cultural Center, led the tour.
California state Sen. Bill Monning tours the historic Dana Adobe in Nipomo on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Marina Washburn, right, executive director of DANA Cultural Center, led the tour. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

California state Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, toured the DANA Cultural Center on Wednesday, in advance of the groundbreaking for its new 130-acre Nature Education Facility project.

The Dana Adobe is currently undergoing a $14 million expansion and rebranding project.

In March, the DANA Cultural Center announced it was changing its name from the Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos to reflect the organization’s growth into an education center teaching the broader historical context of late 1800s California.

The group also announced plans to build a new visitors center on the property once owned by Nipomo settler Capt. William Dana. Other improvements include an open-space Chumash Interpretive Area for public demonstrations and an improved trail system across the property’s rolling hills. Construction is slated to begin this month, with construction expected to be completed at the end of 2016.

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