E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center Fundraiser for School Programs

The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center is designed with children in mind.

Sunday the center held a fundraiser to help keep its programs running in local schools.

School districts across the county consider the 53 acre facility an extension of the classroom.

The center's officials relate to children by allowing them to interact with native plants and animals found here in Florida.

With the school year in full swing, the center's doors are wide open and ready to welcome the next batch of eager learners.

Christy Scally from E.O. Biophilia Center said, "They light up because they see what they have been learning in the classroom come to life and those kids see careers. They realize they can make a difference in this world. They are having fun and they are learning but they really don't realize they are learning and so it just makes it come to life for them."

Fundraisers like the one tonight is an effort to keep programs up to date and running in schools.

The wildlife conservation reserve educates more than six-thousand kids every single year.