Environmental Center Fosters New Opportunities

Bruce Schultz  |  1/31/2017 4:34:22 PM

Bruce Schultz

Since the Environmental Education Center opened at the LSU AgCenter Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center in 2012, youngsters attending the summer camp have benefited from new opportunities.

“The Environmental Education Building is the primary building used during summer camp for wetlands and environmental studies,” said camp director Christine Bergeron.

The Environmental Education Center, located on the former Camp Windywood property, was completed in early 2012. The acquisition was possi­ble through the efforts of the Louisiana 4-H Foundation.

Campers also use the building for classroom learning, and a 1-acre pond is used for aquatics and wetlands experiments.

“Our pond is also used for canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding during summer camp as well as available to rent throughout the year,” Bergeron said. “Our goal is to not only use this facility during summer camp but to provide educational workshops and programs to youth throughout the year.”

Surrounding the center are a skeet range, rifle range and archery range.

The center also is available for rent to outside groups, Bergeron said. “When the center is not being utilized during summer camp, this facility can be used for adult and youth workshops, teacher workshops, meeting space for businesses to hold meetings and conferences.”

A smaller building near the Environmental Education building is used during the summer for campers to obtain their Hunter Safety Certification. Throughout the year, the building is rented to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for hunter education classes.

The shooting sports facilities also can be used for gun safety training and competitions.

Bruce Schultz is an assistant communications specialist with LSU AgCenter Communications.

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