The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center was created to help students have a hands on curriculum while learning about the environment, now researchers are testing to see if it's fulfilling it's purpose.
The data says the center is certainly doing it's job and with that information.
"We're finding a phenomenal amount of growth that comes out of their understanding of the ecology of the Longleaf Pine Forest," said researcher Dr. Michael Dentzau from the Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center. "Things you really wouldn't expect 4th grade students to know."
Those in charge hope to see the program used in other areas.The non-profit center has more than 6,000 4th and 7th grade students visit throughout the year to learn about the environment and nature paired with a curriculum in the classroom.
Officials with the center say the key is the combination of work in the classroom and the unique, hands-on experience that the students get at the center. They hope the research can help them get more grants and expand.