As of January 18, 2022, the Southern Conservation Trust has officially opened the Fayetteville Environmental Education Center to the public. Located at 305 Beauregard Boulevard, in historic downtown Fayetteville, this amazing facility will be open for guided tours, educational programs, summer camps, and much more. The official opening was delayed from 2021 due to Covid-19.
The Fayette Environmental Education Center (FEEC) is set to be the Southern Conservation Trust’s premier nature facility in Georgia. It serves as home base for conservation initiatives, nature area development, environmental education, agricultural education, and an environmental art program. This facility will encompass all that the Southern Conservation Trust does, and share it in a teachable way with the community we love.
“We are very excited to finally be in a position to open the Fayette Environmental Education Center to the public,” said Katie Pace Quattlebaum, CEO and Executive Director of the Southern Conservation Trust (SCT), the nonprofit organization that owns and operates the nature center. “This took years of work from our amazing staff, board, and volunteers, and would not have been possible without the support of the City of Fayetteville and the community,” she added.
In November of 2019, the Southern Conservation Trust purchased the historic Bennett Graham Brewer house built in the 1830s. In the late 1850s, this house was home to several children of Philip Fitzgerald, the great-grandfather of author of Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell. The SCT team has spent the last 2 years converting the home into the new Fayette Environmental Education Center. The environmental education center features an indoor live animal exhibit room, native habitat room, watersheds of Georgia, Georgia’s Ecoregions, environmental art gallery, educational classroom, and so much more. Outside the beautiful property features a playground and picnic area, outdoor classrooms, an agricultural education area with live demonstrations, and various pollinator and songbird gardens.
“We are thrilled to offer our first public program of 2022 on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, from 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm,” said Liz Hall-Dukin, Director of FEEC. “Join us every week for Teachable Tuesdays, featuring educational programs ranging from science and nature to art and history. This week’s topic is Dude Where’s My Acorn. We look forward to sharing FEEC with our community”. Advanced registration is required, please visit www.fayettenature.org/event
Currently, the property grounds are open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and every 1st and 3rd Saturday from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Inside tours will be available by appointment only at www.fayettenature.org/schedule-tour or email us at [email protected]. Various weekly and monthly scheduled educational programs are offered at the location. For more information about these programs, and how to register, please go to www.fayettenature.org/event. Masks are currently required for all guests.
ABOUT THE SOUTHERN CONSERVATION TRUST
The Southern Conservation Trust elevates nature through exceptional stewardship through over 65,000 acres of conserved land throughout the Southeast, as well as 6 public nature areas in Fayette County, Georgia, and the Fayette Environmental Education Center in Downtown Fayetteville, Georgia. Learn more at www.sctlandtrust.org.