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A distinctive and memorable aspect of elementary school education in Seminole County is the Environmental Studies Center. Otus the Owl (an Eastern Screech Owl) and the famous “filthy fun Mud Walk” are two of the highlights of this uniquely Floridian program. Located in the midst of wetland habitats surrounding Lake Jesup, these field trip and classroom adventures bring students up close and personal with their natural world and the wonders of their Florida home.

An SCPS facility, the Environmental Studies Center is made possible through a partnership between the Seminole County School Board and Seminole County Board of County Commissioners. This cooperative program provides students an exceptional opportunity to explore and apply their observation and sensing skills to truly appreciate their classroom studies.