The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center in Freeport is excited about new changes taking place. Christy Scally, who has been the director at the Center since its inception, has been promoted top President of Nokuse (pronounced Nu-go-see) Education, a 501c3 non-profit company. Paul Arthur has been appointed as the Director.
Scally’s new role will primarily be relationship building and strategic planning for raising funds. She will also work with potential sites across the United States that are interested in expanding the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center franchise.
“The opportunity to grow the awareness of the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center with the public and with other school districts around the country is very exciting,” said Scally. “We have assembled a great team that will continue to teach future generations the importance of biodiversity, to promote sustainability, and to encourage conservation, preservation and restoration of ecosystems.”
Arthur started out at the Center three years ago as an environmental educator. With the Biophilia Center finishing up its fourth year and preparing for its fifth, he is excited about where the Center has been and where it is going.
“Christy Scally has done a fantastic job of laying the groundwork for our mission," he said. "This year we will have successfully taught more than 20,000 students since we opened the doors in 2009.
“Not only are we reaching students in five surrounding counties, we are also getting our message out by being open to the public. This summer we will continue to be open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays in June and August. In July, we will be taking a break so we can recharge our batteries for the up and coming school year.”
The future of our environment in the Florida Panhandle looks to be going in the right direction with the help of the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center.
Visit www.eowilsoncenter.org for their summer programs, hours and new prices.