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BIOPHILIA CENTER OPENING SIGNALS NEW HOPE FOR CONSERVATION

Sep 18th, 2009 | 0

Story and photos by DOTTY NIST
Walton County nature enthusiasts have high hopes that a unique new facility near Freeport will not only help nurture biophilia in local young people but spread the spirit of conservation to a much broader area.
The facility, the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center, held its grand opening on Sept. 12. The center’s namesake, renowned Harvard scientist and Pulitzer prize-winning author E.O. Wilson, is credited with originating the concept of biophilia, meaning humans’ innate love for nature.
“I’m thrilled at the honor of having this center named after me,” Wilson told the large group assembled for the center’s grand opening ceremony.
“I deeply appreciate being associated with this new and pioneering center, ” he continued. “I hope folks here realize what they have in natural history.”   Wilson, an Alabama native, said he has been a frequent and enthusiastic visitor to the Panhandle area and to Walton County over the years because of the broad diversity of plant and animal species existing here.
Attending the grand opening were educators, students, officials, community leaders, media representatives, dignitaries and citizens from Walton and neighboring counties and the Panhandle. Attendees had the opportunity to view exhibits depicting plants and animals found in the local area, along with live native reptiles and interactive exhibits aimed at making natural science education a fun activity for students. The center’s six classrooms, each named for a naturalist, were open for viewing, and the grand opening ceremony took place in the center’s theater room….
Read the full story in the Sept. 17, 2009 edition of the Herald Breeze.

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