Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center, Inc.

Allison's Woods Drive, Statesville, NC


  Reconnecting Children with Nature

Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center

Reconnecting Children With Nature!

Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center is an instructive facility that uses both land and water as an outdoor classroom. First opening its doors to the community in 1992, the Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center, formerly known as Allison Woods Foundation, was conceived to encourage hands-on/minds-on learning about the environment. Immediately accessible are several lakes, streams, a large forest area, trails, and the wondrous variety of both plant of animal life that makes teaching and learning in an outdoor facility exciting and fun! The 19-acre lake has controlled access and records of land use and lake history to support physical research of it, the riparian zone, and the surrounding forest.

Our programs are designed for ages 6 and up and can be scheduled year round. Most programs are site-based and hands-on using experiential learning to help students make a personal connection with the environment. Many programs can be altered to be brought into a classroom or other facilities upon request. (usually during the winter months). Programs vary in length from 1-4 hours and are priced per child. These lessons are designed to examine the links and relationships that occur in natural communities and highlight the importance of each organism in sustaining them. Both natural and human communities are closely tied; each affecting and depending upon the other. These lessons take a unique approach to examining the importance of natural systems in our lives. They can take students back through time to examine lifestyle changes and how they influence the local landscapes and way of thinking about the natural world.

At the Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center, educational programming goes beyond curricula normally associated with a nature center. With a rich local history of Native American use, early settler development, agriculture, and ecological diversity, this facility has a remarkable scope of elements readily at hand for diverse and current programs.

Recognized in 1995 as "A Site of Regional Importance" for its rich variety and high integrity of plant communities found in its hardwood forests and bottomlands on the South Yadkin River, Allison Woods had the first mitigated wetlands in the Northern Piedmont. Offering something for everyone, including programs for teachers, students, service groups, business leaders, and community residents which cover a wide range of topics from an annual butterfly count for the state of North Carolina, to the ecosystem, to Boy Scout Environmental Merit Badges, and current environmental impacts. Partnering with public, private, charter, and home-schools from North and South Carolina has been a longstanding accomplishment of the Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center. We have serviced more than 3000 students per year with

our educational programs.

Workshops are offered to deepen educator content knowledge while engaging them in the natural world of the Piedmont of North Carolina. Our programs are held mostly outside in beautiful Allison Woods. Our workshops are designed to be fun and educational including hands-on activities as well as lessons and ideas that can be taken back to the classroom. Many of these programs are offered through our partnership with the North Carolina Wildlife Commission and the North Carolina Environmental Education Center in Raleigh, NC.

By encouraging youth involvement in the Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center, it is the hope of the Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center Board of Directors, staff and volunteers that young people will develop a sense of their place in the environment and become good stewards of the community around them. Our aim is to provide a research and learning experience for ALL students that uses hands-on outdoor activities to promote all aspects of STEM, (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), education.

The Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and although operated on the Allison Woods property .... is a separate entity from the Allison Woods Family Partnership, LLPC.

The Allison Woods property is privately owned and operated by the Allison Woods Family Partnership, LLPC, and is open by appointment only. Appointments may be made by emailing or calling 704.873.5976.

Photography sessions may be booked by calling or emailing. Fees are $25 per hour and will be donated to the Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center for educational programs provided.