Take a trip through our 
Classroom in the Forest
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. 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.


1992: The beginning to the Classroom in the Forest- 

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.  

Learn more about Mr. Allison's Dream of a "Classroom in the Forest"  click here


1993: Became a North Carolina Environmental Education Center


1995: Recognized as "A Site of Regional Importance" and added to the "National Historic Registry "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. 


2013: Changed name from Allison Woods Foundation to 

Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center.