Biophilia Center hosting fundraiser at Bud & Alley's

Biophilia Center
Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 05:06 PM.

The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center is heading to 30A to host a night of music, food and fun at Bud & Alley's Waterfront Restaurant and Rooftop Bar Sept. 8.

The event, aptly named Dine for the Pines, will benefit the nonprofit's student programs as well as the preservation of the Longleaf pines that fill Biophilia's 53,000 acres.

Christy Scally, President of the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center , said area schools are not charged when they visit Biophilia. All funds raised at Dine for the Pines will go directly to operational expenses and educational programs. Students from fourth and seventh grade visit the Center and learn about the natural environment through interpretive exhibits as well as an extensive trail system through natural areas undergoing ecological restoration on the nature preserve.

"The health of our environment is so important for all of us," Scally explained. "The educational programs provide hands-on learning to the students that result in real-world application."

Through four-days of curriculum that coincides with Sunshine State and Common Core Standards, students have a better grasp of knowledge in science.

"Before kids come out here, they create drawings of what they think the local ecosystem looks like," Scally said. "We see things like monkeys and snow caps mountains. After students visit, the post-trip drawings include Longleaf pines and a diversity of the correct wildlife. It's really phenomenal to see the growth of awareness."

Recently Dr. Mike Dentzau, Director of Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center at Columbus State University , presented his findings on the impacts the Biophilia Center has on students. Those findings were the result of a study Dentzau did for his doctorate.



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