Attraction Spotlight: E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center

Posted by Beaches360 Administrator on Friday, February 20th, 2015 at 7:31am.

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The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center is an environmental educational facility that serves students and teachers of 4th and 7th grade, as well as professional audiences during the school year. It’s transitioning from a private foundation to a public foundation, running on donations to fund operations.

The center is located in the Longleaf Pine ecosystem, the 6th most biodiverse area in the U.S. the center was developed by conservationist M.C. Davis in 2009. Here is a look at the work the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center is doing.

About the Center

The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center is working to educate students on the importance of biodiversity. They also work to encourage preservation, conservation and restoration. Scientist Dr. Edward O. Wilson had a lifelong mission to educate the public on the important of conserving biodiversity in the world and developed the term “biophilia” to mean “the love of all living things.”

The organization is supported solely on donations. They invite all to become a monthly or annual patron and they also accept help through volunteer efforts.

What to expect

Students that visit the Center will learn so much. There are interpretive exhibits, an extensive trail system and opportunities to investigate surroundings. There are two and four day programs that work with Florida’s education standards to promote STEM subjects including Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Students will get a better understanding of their surroundings through inquiry, investigation and innovation. It’s basically an extension of the classroom with project-based learning opportunities.

Public Events

The Center hosts public events occasionally to bring in more groups of people that don’t normally get to visit here. They just hosted Astronomy for Kids on February 7th to allow kids to check out stars from inside an inflatable planetarium.

The event included playing with moon sand, homemade sun dials and much more. There are summer day camps as well. This March you can take part in the “Special Needs in Nature” event to include therapy animals, nature trails, sensory garden and more for free admission.

Check out the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center located at 4956 State Highway 20 East, Freeport, FL.

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