ABOUT THE WILDERNESS SCIENCE CENTER
The Carolyn Ball Blair Wilderness Science Center (WSC) is an educational facility created with the primary goal of providing authentic learning opportunities for students. The trails, study stations and the Helen & Victor Regnier Learning Center on the 30-acre site have been under development since 1999 and are located behind Blue River Elementary and Blue Valley Middle schools.
As our area of the state becomes more populated, there is less land that can truly be considered a natural wildlife area, thus, the importance of the WSC, one of the few remaining areas for students to study natural plant and animal life. The property includes old and new growth forest, prairie, a small wetland, wetland forest, wet meadow, multiple streams and a riparian corridor. Students study four ecosystems at the WSC: prairie, forest, river and wetland.
The mission of the Wilderness Science Center is to provide authentic learning experiences that will develop an understanding of and respect for preservation and change, balance in natural systems, history of the land, and the impact of human intervention.