Pictured (from left) are Dennis Goodin, Animal Education Director; Joe Crapster, Duke Energy government and community relations manager; Selena Goodin, executive director; and Karen Morris, education director.

Special to Iredell Free News

Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center received a $10,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to serve North Carolina residents with their Aquatic Discoveries program.

The Aquatic Discoveries program will allow students from Title I schools and historically marginalized communities to participate in water-based/nature-based field trips and summer camps. The program will allow students to sample, test, and document results from a well-established lake that connects to a creek that feeds directly into the South Yadkin River. Activities will be based upon the NC Essential Standards for each age group participating.

“We’re committed to playing a significant role in lifting up our communities and awarding grants to help local nonprofits across the state advance their environmental impact and community engagement,” Kendal Bowman, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president said in a recent press release regarding their $500,000 donation to support environmental impact programs in North Carolina communities.

“Thank you to The Duke Energy Foundation for recognizing our efforts and supporting our mission. We remain committed to making a positive difference in the lives of those we serve,” said Selena Goodin, executive director at Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center.

Joseph Crapster, Duke Energy’s government & community relations manager for Cabarrus, Davidson, Davie, Iredell, Rowan and Stanley counties, said the foundation was glad to support the work of Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center.

“It is an outstanding opportunity for anyone to learn about our environment, nature, and the outdoors. It is the wilderness right here in our community,” he said.

About Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center

Established in 1992, Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center is committed to focusing on igniting curiosity, understanding, and respect for nature through education in the nonprofit’s Classroom in the Forest. Conducting school field trips, community programs and events, workshops through NC Wildlife Resource Commission and Project learning Tree and interactive summer camps, their offerings can be viewed by visiting their website at www.allisonwoodsolc.com.

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