WELCOME TO ESTONOA!
The Wetlands Estonoa Learning Center was born as a student initiated, place based, service learning project. It started as the epitome of a school/community project. Once the town's giant mud puddle, Estonoa has transformed into a multi-purpose environmental learning center thanks to student imagination, planning, and sweat equity.
The Center is an environmental education site that consists of outdoor and indoor classrooms. The vegetative green roof, rain garden, and native Appalachian flora arboretum are complimented by the three-fourth mile walking trail surrounding Wetlands Estonoa. The beautiful, log-sided building offers a large meeting space for environmental education, workshops, and citizen group meetings.
IN THE WORKS
Hard to believe our beloved Wetlands is celebrating 20 years in 2020 as Virginia's first and best outdoor classroom! Thanks to a small group of student visionaries, Wetlands Estonoa was saved from becoming a parking lot and receives visitors both for leisure and ongoing environmental education programming.
The pandemic caused a postponement in the celebration but we're looking forward to 2021 to get the party started on the next 20. Watch for details coming soon!
We at Wetlands Estonoa are proud to be part of the bigger picture in southwestern Virginia. Our outdoor classroom extends beyond our wetlands and into the most bio diverse river on the continent. Read more>