Mississippi's Only Outdoor University

Environmental Learning Center
  • The Environmental Learning Center is 640 acres of breathtaking beauty. There is a 35-acre lake, 14 miles of nature trails, three outdoor classrooms, a catfish pond, ropes course, cemetery (1800 circa), old home sites, more than 75 different native trees, animals, and much more.

    Since the summer of 1992, the Environmental Learning Center has developed programs for students of all ages to enjoy. Programs have been established to take a full school day. Teachers should contact the office manager at (601) 960-3022 to set up a date for their class to visit the center. Classes are asked to arrive by 9 a.m. and leave by 1:30 p.m. ELC features include:

    • An outdoor classroom 
    • Wooded Lookout & Bird Watching Station 
    • Natural Water Well 
    • 35 Acre Lake, a live creek, and four small ponds  
    • More than 75 different species of native Mississippi trees and wildlife 
    • Riparian Areas with Native Pollinator Gardens 
    • Three miles of multi-use trails (Biking & Cross-Country 3.25-mile Course)  
    • Four miles of nature trails and natural paths (Day Hiking & Walking)  
    • Two historic homesites with original cisterns  
    • Historic Gravesite that is more than a century old  
    • Vegetable Garden & Student 4H Gardens   
    • Picnic area with fishing pier 
    • Catfish Pond

Contact Information

  • 6190 Hwy 18 West Jackson,
    Jackson, MS 39209
    (601) 960-3022

    Coach Jeff Gibson, Director 

    Lynette Luckett, Office Manager

    Broderwick Cochran, Associate Director

    Jimmy Jones, Environmental Technician

    Donald Purvis, Environmental Consultant

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Last Modified on November 6, 2023