The idea of taking earth science outside the classroom has been the goal of the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center in Freeport since its opening more then a year ago.
Well Saturday, hundreds of people were given the opportunity to tour the exhibit hall, learning more about the wildlife in the area.
People were also able to watch environmental films in the theatre and hiked along the trails with a guide. Because the center is not open to the public, this was a rare treat.
The center provides environmental project based programs for primarily fourth and seventh grade students in Walton, Okaloosa, Bay, Holmes and Leon county schools. About 140 students visit the center every day.
Director of the center, Christy Scally, says its events like Saturday's that help give everyone an opportunity to see what kind of hands on experience available to local students.
The center relies heavily on donations and grants to keep the 1.4 million dollar program running. If you would like to find out how you can help keep this center open, you can check out their website at www.eowilsoncenter.org.