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E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center

2011 updates: June 1, the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center opened to the public on some days for a fee. April 9, Open House. August 16, work day.

Open House Fall 2010

closed to public signOn September 11, 2010, for the love of nature, the Biophilia Center (then normally closed to the public) opened its doors and paths to 1200 people from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT. The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center usually educates middle school students. This movie shows highlights of my trip, which was through the building to a movie and outdoors on a hike.

Following nokuse (black bear) tracks

giant antM.C. Davis, the founder of the center and owner of the Nokuse Plantation location welcomed us in the Exhibit Hall. I was enchanted by the art evident throughout, from over life size sculptures of important critters to furnishings. From the parking lot, Nokuse the black bear had walked along the sidewalk, tracked by a person. Their footsteps lead past an alligator sculpture half-submerged in the grass.

in memory plaqueOn the deck a plaque honored someone who had died saving a turtle on a road. Past the registration area, footprints led into the main building of the center, housing a small museum with natural history dioramas, green education, and some live creatures. I missed all the wonderful events on the porches and in the Classroom-Lab building.


I saw the first movie of the day, "Remnants of a Forest" telling about the Longleaf pine forest reserve in South Carolina, part of the ecosystem that once covered the entire SE of the US. The other movies were Gimble Gopher Tortoise, Queen of the Trees, Dr. Seuss - Lorax, and Lord of the Ants. Wish I could have seen them all.


I went on the early long hike led by biologist Bob Walker, the (way more than a) "Turtle Guy". He stopped often to explain main features including longleaf pine, horsehair lichen, purse-web spider, turkey oak, bat cave, camel cricket, fence lizard, and loggerhead musk turtle. See them in the movie.

The Florida Trail Association helps maintain the Biophilia Center forest trails in addition to the section of the Florida National Scenic Trail that crosses the Nokuse Plantation. See other videos of the Florida Trail in addition to Blazing Clear-cuts on Nokuse.


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