Madison County Conservation Center
Madison County Conservation and it’s foundation, Madison County Foundation for Environmental Education (MCFEE) are working together on the construction of a new environmental learning center to meet the expanding needs of environmental and outdoor recreation programming in Madison County.
The Madison Count Conservation Center will serve as the central hub of outdoor recreation opportunities within Pammel State Park which include hiking, paddling, biking, snowshoeing, and swimming. The Center will promote outdoor learning experiences through interactive exhibits that encourage outdoor exploration, a classsroom for hands-on STEM based programming, and a multi-purposed Events/Conference room which will connect people to their natural surroundings while they attend seminars and special events.
The center’s unique location at Pammel State Park (managed by Madison County Conservation since 1989) serves as a gateway to the natural landscapes which define Madison County - Limestone bluffs, heavily forested river valleys and rolling grasslands.
Inside the center, you will find interactive exhibits that inspire visitors to investigate and explore Madison County’s natural resources.
The conservation center is designed to promote environmental education and outdoor recreation. From the moment visitors step out of their cars to approach the center, they will be immersed in nature. Connecting the parking area to the building is a short walking path containing the first exhibit - Journey through time.
Upon entering the exhibit hall, visitors will find interactive exhibits highlighting the major components of the Madison County landscape. Designated exhibit areas will include Geology, Water, Soil, and Woodland Ecosystems. Each exhibit features geopins containing geographic coordinates encouraging visitors to explore the surrounding resources to locate the key environmental features highlighted in the exhibits.
The Madison County Conservation Center will serve as a central hub for outdoor recreation in Madison County. With over 1 million visitors a year seeking out Madison County each year, it is important to have a central headquarters for outdoor recreation connecting visitors to our natural resources through hiking trails, state designated water trails, and availability of kayak/canoe rentals.
Just outside of the conservation center will be an outdoor patio/courtyard area featuring a limestone fireplace perfect for social gatherings. Located within a wooded setting, the patio will be the perfect spot to watch the squirrels, turkey, and deer foraging nearby.