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immerse yourself in nature at the st. paul wetlands

Surrounded by a rich and diverse wetland nature preserve, the Wetlands Estonoa Learn Center is one of the premier environmental education centers in southwest Virginia. Started by local high school students, this lush preserve offers indoor and outdoor classrooms, incredible bird watching, miles of walking and hiking trails, environmental workshops, a rooftop garden, and an arboretum with native Appalachian flora. Explore the Virginia Birding & Wildlife Trail and embrace the magic and tranquility of this place. 
 

Details

Prices -

 Free.
 

Hours -

 24/7.
 

Events

  • Environmental Education Symposium (May)
  • Virginia Highlands Festival (August)
  • St. Paul Christmas Parade (December)
 
 

Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Interpretive Signs
  • Walking and Hiking
  • Annual Mulching Project
  • Rain Barrel Workshops
  • Educational Classes
 

FAQs

  • What is the Estonoa Wetlands Learning Center?

    This nature preserve began life as a wet cornfield in the 1900 and later turned in to a local swimming hole. In 2000, a group of local high school students spearheaded an effort to convert the long-forgotten area into a certified wetlands. Today, Wetlands Estonoa is an outdoor classroom that invites visitors to enjoy bird watching and strolling the miles of walking trails that criss-cross the area.
  • Are there any trails at the Estonoa Wetlands Learning Center?

    Yes. The Wetlands Estonoa offers miles of scenic walking trails that meander past wetlands and through shady forests. Take your time and enjoy bird watching exploring the native Appalachian plants. Start at the Wetlands Estonoa Learning Center, adjacent to the St. Paul Elementary School, with outdoor and indoor classrooms, a vegetative green roof, a rain garden, and an arboretum. Here you can get great information on local flora and fauna and a map of the walking trails.
 

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