Class Overviews

Mission Statement

“The Mission of McDowell Environmental Center is to connect people to the environment, teach respect for the Earth and its beings, and to promote a commitment to lifelong learning.”

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Program Objectives

  • The students will increase awareness and understanding of the environment.
  • The students will develop a sense of responsibility for the environment.
  • The students will gain a better sense of cooperation and community.

Outdoor environmental education embraces teachable moments which happen regularly in an outdoor classroom. The MEC Instructors are professional educators with college degrees. Each instructor will have their own teaching style and choose activities for classes that best suit their personality. Your students will not stay with the same instructor for the entire time. Because of this, your student groups will not have an identical experience in every class. Instructors will cover the key terms and principles of each class, which are correlated to the Alabama and Mississippi Courses of Study.