The Environmental Studies Center (ESC) is an experiential teaching facility designed to provide learning opportunities and resource assistance in science and environmental education that support and strengthen classroom instruction and student achievement.
The following four goals have been identified to guide departmental staff in program development and implementation:
To create an understanding of the natural environment and the interrelationships among living things.
To promote sound stewardship and wise management of our natural resources for the welfare of mankind and other living things.
To create an awareness of global, national and local environmental problems and foster sound decision making regarding their resolution.
To enrich, vitalize and complement content areas of the school curriculum by means of firsthand observation and direct experience in the out-of-doors.
About the Center
The Environmental Studies Center is a natural sciences education facility designed to provide unique learning experiences not typically available in the local school. Featuring over 500 acres of rich woodlands, the Center affords teachers, students and the general public an opportunity to experience firsthand the natural environment and the interrelationships governing our living world. Natural resources include pine and bay forests, swamps, freshwater streams, carnivorous plant bogs, and a twenty-acre lake. Man-made facilities include numerous nature and hiking trails, an outdoor amphitheater, covered pavilions, a weather station and STARLAB Planetarium, live animal exhibits, native plants garden, and multipurpose instruction building. The building contains an auditorium, library, and classroom/exhibit space containing live reptiles and amphibians, a salt-water aquarium, and numerous preserved specimens commonly encountered throughout southern Alabama. The ESC staff includes five professionals and three support personnel, four part-time student assistants, and a cadre of volunteers. The ESC is located at 6101 Girby Road in south Mobile, about 1/2 mile west of Infrimary West (formerly Knollwood Hospital).
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ESC's Pine Lake Summer Campers at Coast Guard Base Turtle Pond ESC Nature Trail