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Land Stewardship Education Facilities
Land Stewardship Educational Facilities
Wehle Nature Center at Midway (Bullock County)
The Wehle Nature Center at Midway is a land stewardship teaching/recreation facility located on twenty-five (25) acres of rolling hill country in Bullock County. It adjoins the 1500-acre Forever Wild Wehle Recreation tract. It features conservation and environmental educational exhibits aimed at both students and adults. The Center is designed to enhance an appreciation for conservation and an understanding of man’s relationship with the environment. The Center hosts seasonal events as well as weekend nature presentations and viewing opportunities. Please see the schedule for events.
Wehle Nature Center at Blakeley (Baldwin County)
The Wehle Nature Center at Blakeley is located near Spanish Fort in Baldwin County within the boundaries of Historic Blakeley State Park. This Center offers amenities and activities similar to those offered at the facility in Bullock County. Hardwood forests and wetlands surround this facility providing a unique opportunity for a hands-on, up-close education of the natural resources abundant within these typical coastal habitats.
The Wehle Nature Centers are open to the general public on some weekends. Please see the schedules for events.
Weeks Bay Reserve at Fairhope (Baldwin County)
The Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is located in Fairhope, Alabama on Weeks Bay, an Outstanding National Resource Water (ONRW). Designated in February 1986, Weeks Bay Reserve became the sixteenth (16th) reserve added to the National Estuarine Research Reserve system. It is Alabama’s best remaining unspoiled estuary. The Reserve encompasses over 6,000 acres of land and water bottoms in an around Weeks Bay. The Reserve serves as a field laboratory for scientists and students providing unique opportunities to learn about estuarine and coastal ecology in a natural setting. Annually, the Reserve receives nearly 18,000 visitors including international visitors and local school students.
Foster Wetland Conservation Tract (Mobile County)
The Norman H. Foster Sr. Wetland Conservation Tract is a 40-acre donation of coastal wetland in Mobile County, received by the State Lands Division in December, 1996. The tract offers a fantastic opportunity for local education programs, outdoor experiences, and functions to preserve crucially important coastal wetlands. This benefits a number of local plants and animals typical of coastal habitats, as well as benefitting migratory species such as the peregrine falcon. Many species of waterfowl, songbirds, and birds of prey pass through, and often stop in coastal Alabama annually during seasonal migrations from breeding grounds to wintering grounds.