Center facilities are providing local students with unique
learning opportunities. Last fall, construction was completed
on an outdoor classroom. The
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.