This week we head to a unique Environmental Education Center that is part of a college campus.
Catawba College Center for the Environment combines its dedication to academics for Catawba Students with a commitment to sustainability, nature preservation and public outreach.
The Center was the first “green” college campus building in the state. The college notes that the building “is a three-dimensional incarnation of the Center’s curriculum – an excellent teaching tool as well as an environmentally sound project.”
The Center is also the gateway to the Catawba College Ecological Preserve and the Elizabeth Stanback Wildlife Garden. The Preserve is 189 acres that includes natural wetland, ponds and walking trails. Home to numerous birds and other native species, it serves to provide a natural learning environment for the surrounding region. The Wildlife Garden features more than 160 different native plant species.
The Center offers a wide range of initiatives and programs on sustainability and environmental education. Some focuses include air quality, faith and the environment, green technology and food systems. Visit their Web site for more information and to view photos and videos of the building, surroundings and programs.
Learn more about all of N.C.’s Environmental Education Centers…