Facilities

 

Clay Hill Memorial Forest consists of about 305 acres.  Oak and hickory dominate on the drier upland sites. American beech and maple dominate on wetter sites.  The forest is accessible by 5-miles of trails that vary in grade from gentle to difficult and in length from 1-3 miles. 

 

Facilities include a small arboretum with identified trees and a trail that teaches students about ecological succession. There are several springs, two small streams and an old pond with an observation pier.  In addition to forests, there is a tall grass prairie, prairie wildflowers and a walnut tree plantation.

 

The Joan White Howell Environmental Education Center and pavilion are our main teaching facilities.  The Center is a fully equipped classroom/laboratory suitable for about 25 students.  The center houses a 250-gallon aquarium, a tropical butterfly display, modern classroom equipment including computers, high speed internet, a full array of field equipment, and a greenhouse. The pavilion is of shelter house design and is large enough to seat 100 students.  Both the pavilion and center are served by a constructed wetland wastewater treatment facility.  Also we have two small amphitheaters that seat 75 students and a gazebo with plaques describing to history of Clay Hill Farm. 

The Kentucky Utilities Alternative Energy Facility demonstrates solar and wind energy. This is a hands-on facility where children can learn how electricity is made from renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. Solar energy provides the electricity for our James Sanders White Lumber Drying Kiln and for our lighting our maintenance building.

Our newest structure is the Ken Weddle Center for Sight Impaired Children. This center features hands on exhibits and a sculptured bench, made of clay, sand, and straw where students can see with their hands. For more information about any of our facilities, follow the links below or contact us directly.

Published 19 August 2005 last modified 15 July 2012           © Clay Hill Memorial Forest 2005               

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