W. Kerr Scott Lake’s Environmental Education Center was founded in 2008 through a partnership with the Friends of W. Kerr Scott Lake group and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The non-profit Friends group was able to secure thousands of dollars to create exhibits, purchase supplies and furniture for the new education center. After two years of planning, raising funds, and hundreds of volunteer hours, the Environmental Education Center was dedicated in 2010. Housed in the lower level of the Visitor Assistance Center, the Environmental Education Center offers exhibits on Energy Conservation, Habitat Conservation, Wildlife, Aquatic, and Forestry Resources, Environmental Education Classroom, and Native Tree Trail. The center is open to the general public and to school field trips. Hours are Tuesday – Sunday 10:00am to 4:00 pm April 1 – October 31 and by appointment.
One of the more popular programs is Project Wild, a wildlife-focused conservation education program for K-12 educators and their students. Project WILD is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school. It is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world. A national network of State Wildlife Agency Sponsors ensures that Project WILD is available nationwide and is training educators in the many facets of the program. Emphasizing wildlife because of its intrinsic value, Project WILD addresses the need for human beings to develop as responsible citizens of our planet.
To schedule a school field trip, contact the Interpretative Ranger at the Visitor Assistance Center at 336-921-3390 or by email. A letter from Operations Manager Kevin Heape welcomes our schools and groups to the Environmental Education Center: Field Trip Letter.pdf
For a complete list of all programs available at W. Kerr Scott Lake’s Environmental Education Center, click on this link: