BP Environmental Learning Center
The WETLANDS EDGE ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER (WEEC) is a partnership
formed between bp and Decatur City Schools (DCS) in Decatur, Alabama.
WEEC provides hands-on environmental educational opportunities
across the K-12 curriculum to all DCS students. Located on bp's
500+ acres of award winning Certified Wildlife Habitat, WEEC offers
a brand new opportunity to explore the natural world in a setting
that combines native species and natural beauty.
The Center hosted its first class on February 22, 2002, offering
programs in two classrooms/labs with numerous live displays, including
two floor- touch tanks, a 1650-gallon marine tank, and a 780-gallon
freshwater ecosystem. In addition, more than two miles of trails
traverse the habitat enabling visitors to see several diverse ecosystems
including a swamp, a marsh, a pond, bottomland hardwoods, upland
species, young pines, and an old oak grove climax community.
The web site is intended to be a forum for communication. DCS students
and teachers are sharing information, field data, and samples of
their creative work. We invite you to contact us and participate!
Please use the Main Menu to examine our possibilities.
• 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 man and all living things
• To create an awareness of global, national, and local environmental
problems and foster sound decision making regarding their solutions
• To enrich, vitalize, extend, complement and culminate all
content areas of the K-12 school curriculum by means of firsthand
observation and direct experience outside the classroom
• To develop programs which are constructivist, meeting students
where they are, inquiry based, and directly correlated to the National
Science Standards, HASP, the Alabama Course of Study and High School
Graduation Exam requirements
• To emphasize the concept of biodiversity, a global issue
with far-reaching implications that encompasses sustainable development,
corporate and social environmental accountability and relationships
with local and indigenous communities.
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