on Nov 15, 2012 10:53 AM • Views 4644

Melinda Patterson, director of the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, accepts an award on behalf of the center.

Media Contact: Lee Sherrill

BREVARD,N.C. (Nov. 15, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, located alongside the Davidson River in Transylvania County, has been recognized for excellence in environmental education.

The Environmental Educators of North Carolina named the wildlife education center as its 2012 Exceptional Environmental Education Program. The award was presented in October as a part of an annual conference in Washington, N.C.

The award recognizes a program, education center or organization that exemplifies excellence in environmental education. The recipient must reach beyond the“usual scope and scale” to create a sustainable commitment to environmentaleducation, a more environmentally literate public, a stronger profession for environmental educators and otherwise support the mission and objectives of theEnvironmental Educators of North Carolina (EENC).

“The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is an ideal example of what an ExceptionalEnvironmental Education Program can be,” said Keith Bamberger, EENC boardmember. “It is a bridge between traditional hunting and fishing, environmental management for the common good, and education using the outdoors as aclassroom. Their scope and scale reach tourists through the center, teachersthrough workshops, and into the classroom with direct programming.”

One of four educational centers operated by the N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission, the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education offers free admission to exhibits that highlight mountain habitats, with live fish, frogs, salamanders and snakes on display. There are daily showings of an award-winning documentary, along with regularly scheduled events, clinics and activities. Outside, there are nature trails and the Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery, where visitors can feed trout that grow in54 hatchery raceways.

“I could not be more pleased to give the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education the2012 Exceptional Environmental Education Program award,” Bamberger said.

The Environmental Educators of North Carolina is a statewide, membership-driven 501(c) 3 education non-profit organization.Created in 1987, the group works to connect diverse professionals and organizations to each other and to high quality environmental education materials and programs, demonstrating leadership.

“I think the Pisgah Center stood out because we have about 13,000 program participants a year, more than a 100,000 visitors every year and we are free,” said Melinda Patterson, center director. “A great way to help sustain conservation is to learn more about North Carolina’s wildlife and habitats. And that’s as easy as visiting an education center like ours, or signing up for classes or workshops or checking out our videos and publications.”

Education is a key component of the Wildlife Commission, which provides programs and workshops to enhance enjoyment and appreciation of North Carolina’s resources.

 “Our centers cover so many topics, from wildlife photography to fly tying, to wildlife identification,” said Margaret Martin, the Commission’s field outreachmanager. “Centers offer seasonal hunting and fishing clinics for novicesportsmen and women, host school and church groups on a daily basis and provide families a fun, learning destination. There is practically something for everyone.” 


To Learn More or Plan a Visit

  • Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, click here or call 828-877-4423.
  • Other Commission centers, click here or call 919-707-0209.
  • Commission courses, workshops and learning clinics, click here or call 919-830-0202.