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Biodiversity Education Center

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​367 Freeport Pkwy.​​
Coppell, TX 75019


The Biodiversity Education Center is only open to the public during center program offerings.

Nestled on 66 acres of nature preserve in Wagon Wheel Park, the Biodiversity Education Center at Coppell Nature Park promotes and provides hands-on environmental education. Participants of the education programs, for both school and the com​munity, observe and learn about local flora, fauna, and environmental sustainability issues, as well as develop a deeper connection to their environment through nature.

The Biodiversity Education Center is a “green” constructed net zero building. The project receives power from 96 solar panels and includes a cistern that captures 9,400 gallons of rain water. Landscaping around the Center features Texas native and adaptive plants, reducing water consumption and providing a habitat for wildlife such as butterflies, hummingbirds, birds and bees. 

View the kWh generated with the solar panels at the Biodiversity Education Center. 

Interested in volunteering? Click here to register and view volunteer opportunities. ​

Classes & Programs

The Biodiversity Education Center offers a wide variety of community programs for all ages including environmental and gardening education classes, outdoor recreation, tours, and community improvement days. The Friends of the Coppell Nature Park, ​City of Coppell, Keep Coppell Beautiful, Coppell ISD, and Northlake College,  work collectively to offer exceptional environmental education programs.​​​ 

Click on an image below to view class offerings

​Coppell Nature Park

Stay up t​o date with the Friends of the Coppell Nature Park via their website or Facebook.  Check out their lecture series or sign up to help them maintain the trails each third Saturday of the month. Always think SAFETY FIRST​ at the Coppell Nature Park.​ 


View building availability and upcoming events


Coppell Non-profit 501(c) 3 Organizations can request reservations.  Youth organizations such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4H and American Heritage Girls are asked to submit requests using the non-profit form.  Reservation Form and Rental Information​


The Biodiversity Education Center offers school field trips and class use of the building to CISD schools and Northlake college classes. Classes wishing to hold a field trip at the Biodiversity Education Center and Coppell Nature Park as well as classes wishing to use the facility for space to meet while doing field studies in the nature park are asked to fill out a SCHOOL PROGRAM REQUEST FO​RM​ ​ to schedule their visit.  Programs currently offered can be viewed in the BEC Program Overview and BEC Games documents below. Additional information on materials available for use while using the BEC as well as Geology lesson plans can be found on the Coppell Nature Park Education Resources Page​

​Procedure for School/College Program Requests:

  1. Fill out and submit the “School Program Request” form at least 30 days prior to your requested program date.  The form may be emailed to or delivered to the Coppell Road Service Center, located at 816 S. Coppell Road. 
  2. The Biodiversity Education Center staff will contact the applicant regarding the program within 2 business days via email.  At this time, if the visiting group has requested that facilitators be provided, the Biodiversity Education Center staff will reach out to the cleared volunteers that assist the center.
  3. If sufficient facilitators are not obtainable, the center’s staff will contact the program contact and discuss possible alternatives within 1 week of the request’s submitted date.
  4. The program contact must contact the center’s staff via email or phone at least 1 week prior to the program if the program must be cancelled by the requesters.
  5. The center’s staff will be in weekly contact with the program contact the month before the scheduled program to offer any assistance that may be needed.