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Partners in Education

 "In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught." - Baba Dioum (Senegalese Ecologist, 1968)
 
Welcome to Wetlands Edge Environmental Center (WEEC), a partnership between Indorama Ventures (IVXP) and Decatur City Schools (DCS) in Decatur, Alabama. WEEC provides hands-on, environmental "place-based" (David Sobel, 2004)* educational opportunities across the K-16 curriculum to all who visit. Located on IVXP's 400+ acres of wildlife habitat, WEEC offers a brand new opportunity to explore the natural world in a setting that combines native species and natural beauty. This award winning wildlife habitat is certified through the Wildlife Habitat Council, a nonprofit, non-lobbying organization dedicated to increasing the quality and amount of wildlife habitat on corporate, private and public lands. 
 
The Center hosted its first group of students on February 22, 2002, offering programs in two classrooms/labs with numerous live displays, including two floor-touch tanks, a 1650-gallon marine tank, and a 780-gallon freshwater ecosystem. In addition, more than two miles of trails traverse the habitat enabling visitors to see several diverse ecosystems including a swamp, a marsh, a pond, bottomland hardwoods, upland species, young pines, and an old oak grove climax community. Such remarkable biodiversity in habitat and species places Alabama in the top five on the biodiverstiy index for the contiguous 48 states. 
 
This web site is intended to be a forum for communication. DCS students and teachers may share information, field data, and samples of their creative work.
We invite you to contact us and participate!
 
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Program Goals

To create an understanding of the natural environment and the interrelationships among living things
 
To promote sound stewardship and wise management of our natural resources for the welfare of man and all living things
 
To create an awareness of global, national, and local environmental problems and foster sound decision making regarding their solutions
 
To enrich, vitalize, extend, complement and culminate all content areas of the K-12 school curriculum by means of firsthand observation and direct experience outside the classroom
 
To develop programs which are constructivist, meeting students where they are, inquiry based, and directly correlated to the National Science Standards, HASP, the Alabama Course of Study and High School Graduation Exam requirements
 
To emphasize the concept of biodiversity, a global issue with far-reaching implications that encompasses sustainable development, corporate and social environmental accountability and relationships with local and indigenous communities.
 
Decatur City Schools Foundation
Decatur Youth Symphony
UA Early College A
Decatur Utilities
Worldmark