I was honored to receive an invitation to attend the preview day of the EAA's new Education Outreach Center at Morgan’s Wonderland Camp! This unique, hands-on, immersive learning center is the country’s first Ultra-Accessible™ aquifer education center and it opens tomorrow, April 14, 2022, in San Antonio!
The Education Outreach Center (EOC) operated by the Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) is designed for people of all ages, backgrounds, and capabilities. It is an engaging and state-of-the-art way to learn about protecting our water supply and the Edwards Aquifer Water System. I recommend you all take a field trip out to explore the EOC, which is situated on the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone and is an adventure for all!
I was so impressed when I drove up through the trees in north San Antonio to Morgan’s Wonderland Camp, which is part of Morgan’s Inclusion Initiative, located about 20 minutes away from the Morgan's Wonderland Theme Park, and is a 102-acre recreational oasis on the northern outskirts of San Antonio. It offers year-round, fully inclusive, summer-camp-type experiences that can accommodate guests requiring ventilators, oxygen tanks and is fully wheelchair-accessible.
As I walked up to the building I noticed wildlife viewing areas, ziplines, and a water-efficient Demonstration Garden complete with a huge rain catchment system.
Once inside the EOC, I was greeted by a remote-controlled mobile robot, aka Aquibots! I loved talking to the EAA scientists from the robot while they’re in the laboratory. The Karst Theater or Cave Room is complete with realistic stalactites and stalagmites. I then ventured over to the one-of-a-kind world Global Perspective Display and I was able to locate where we live and watch the cloud systems moving across the planet. I had fun making clouds with the cloud caster! There are many more fun STEAM opportunities for visitors.
The EOC also features an Edwards Aquifer endangered species aquarium exhibit with real-time data from the nearby EAA Field Research Park, and interactive displays for students and the public to immerse themselves in knowledge about one of the most prolific aquifers in the world.
Log onto www.eaaeoc.org to learn more and make plans for a visit. Reservations are required, but it is a free center to visit!
No matter your age or ability, get ready to learn some really cool things about our Edwards Aquifer System and how it supports the 2.5 million people who depend on it. Please tag us on social at @inourarmsblog and show us your photos from your visit. We would love to hear what the most educational and fun experience was for you!
PS - if you are looking for an all-inclusive camp, I highly recommend the Morgan’s Wonderland Camp. Facilities include state-of-the art ziplines that can accommodate guests requiring ventilators and oxygen tanks, and a wheelchair-accessible challenge course (allowing guests in wheelchairs to complete the course independently alongside someone who does not use a wheelchair). Other activities include horseback riding, archery, cycling and swimming, to name just a few. For more information, visit www.MorgansWonderlandCamp.com.
“They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:9 NIV)