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  • Center facilities are providing local students with unique learning opportunities. Last fall, construction was completed on an outdoor classroom. Educational OutreachThe classroom consists of an elevated walkway that extends through a wetland and 30 yards into a backwater of the Black River. The handicapped accessible walkway also has a number of hands-on displays and learning stations relating to wetland biology. Students and teachers from the nationally-recognized School-on-the-River Program are using the classroom for several projects. They are studying macroinvertebrates, water quality, and floodplain forests. They are also using several of the ponds in their studies of fish development.

  • The Center's prairie restoration project has also developed into a first class educational resource. Volunteers started the project four years ago and have been conducting periodic burns to mimic natural cycles. Botany students from a local university have conducted surveys of prairie plants found in the prairie remnants on Center grounds. Plans are in the works to construct a kiosk along the prairie border and to make an digital field guide of the plants found on our prairie.

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