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  • Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Educational Center: This 4-H Educational Center provides year-round programming, including team-building and environmental education to students in 2nd through 6th grades.
  • Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education: Students will learn the importance of North Carolina's wildlife resources at this environmental education facility.
  • Carolina Beach State Park: Developed in the late 1960s, this state park preserves the unique environment along the Intracoastal Waterway. The Venus Flytrap and other plant life, the dunes, birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals are all protected in this special place.

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The Nature Center serves as the gateway to the 1,290-acre Latta Plantation Nature Preserve and is the source for educational programs and information on the Preserve’s flora and fauna. It is Mecklenburg County’s largest preserve and "forms a green peninsula extending into Mountain Island Lake and protects a natural heritage site and several endangered plants."

The Latta Plantation Nature Center offers environmental education programs for Pre-K through 12th grade students as well as scout troops, youth groups, and other organized groups.

For more information or to make reservations call 704-875-1391 or send email to smithmk@co.mecklenburg.nc.us.

Also see the Alternative to the Animals Report by Melissa Thibault.

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