The Forest Ecology Preserve School Program provides a diverse range of nature-based curricula for visiting school groups. Available topic areas include zoology, botany, geology, astronomy, food webs and habitats, and environmental conservation and sustainability. Programs range from 90-120 minutes and are customized for the children’s age and school curriculum.
The Forest Ecology Preserve offers 120-acres of living laboratory consisting of five miles of hiking trails, a pond with dock and boardwalks, and butterfly, vegetable, bog and native azalea gardens. Informational kiosks and wildlife viewing stations are located throughout the property. The Preserve’s unique features offer visiting students a valuable multi-sensory experience with abundant opportunities for hands-on learning.
Outdoor classroom facilities available to students include a covered pavilion with bathroom and a 150-seat open-air amphitheater with restrooms, and a nature playground. This unique play space offers a rich, naturalistic experience complete with mounds, ditches, logs, tunnels, fallen trees, boulders and some creative structures including a beaver lodge, tree house and eagles nest. The nature playground is conveniently located to allow the children time for free play before returning to school. School groups are invited to bring their own bag lunches to eat after the program. Classes are offered for $4/child. Teachers, aides and parents are free.
For more information about environmental education initiatives or to schedule a school visit or program, contact Jennifer Lolley, outreach administrator, at (334) 844-8091 or E-mail (email@example.com).