The Berea College Forestry Outreach Center is a flexible space where visitors and the community can come together to learn about the Berea College Forest and the natural world that sustains us. Our goals include:
Community Education: Using a model of community education, Center staff can tailor engaging activities to meet the needs of learners of all ages, including school and community groups.
Community Building: Sharing a forest experience brings people together and builds lasting relationships that strengthen communities.
Caretaking: Learning about forest lands, air, and water renews a sense of stewardship and reinvigorates a commitment to care for the earth.
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As a service, the Berea College Forestry Outreach Center offers interdisciplinary environmental education for school and community groups free of charge. The categories below provide a preliminary list of offerings, which will grow over time. In addition, long-time educator and Center Director Wendy Zagray Warren will work with you to tailor a learning experience to meet the needs of your group, from pre-school through adults. Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a phone message at 859-756-6094.
The power of story and the importance of play form the background for activities designed to invite preschoolers to engage with the natural world.
A variety of experiential, interdisciplinary, place-based activities are designed to engage students in learning about the world around them.
Professors and Student Life group leaders are encouraged to introduce college-age students to the work of the Berea College Foresters and to conduct in-depth studies of various aspects of the forest.
Many of the activities listed can be adapted for use by a variety of community groups.
The Berea College Forest has always looked for ways to manage its land to be sustainable, healthy, and strong. The Berea foresters are now in the process of learning the skill of horse logging, wherein large, draft horses are used to pull felled logs out of the woods instead of bringing in heavy machinery to do so. This is less disturbing to the forest ecosystem and is more environmentally friendly.
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The Berea College Forest is one of the oldest managed private forests in the United States. The forest has been producing wood products and drinking water for Madison County since 1898. The Indian Fort Mountain Trail receives thousands of hikers every year.
When Plimoth Plantation needed to repair the Mayflower replica, shipwrights searched forests the world over for 30-foot white oak planks clear of branching marks (what creates knots in wood). They found the massive logs to repair the Pilgrims' ship in the Berea College Forest. This is true because of management efforts by the Berea foresters that allow trees to reach their full potentials.