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Biodiversity Education Center

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Coppell, TX 75019
972-304-3​581
Visitor Hours*:
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: 9am - 12pm
Wednesday: 3 - 6pm
*Also open during scheduled programs

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The Biodiversity Education Center is offering limited programming at this time. All rentals and education program requests are suspended at this time. Coppell Nature Park remains open, including the trails. We urge you to continue to practice social distancing measures when in the park on the trails. ​Staff is still available to answer questions via email (bec@coppelltx.gov) or phone (972-304-3581​). Please leave a detailed message including your name and phone number. Many calls to the City of Coppell are forwarded to offsite phones. As a result, staff may be unable to return calls if you do not leave contact information.​​


Click here for the latest information about closures and community impacts. 

Click here for the Coppell Parks & Recreation Re-Opening Plan.


​​​​The Biodiversity Education Center works collectively with partner organizations such as Friends of the Coppell Nature Park, City of Coppell, Keep Coppell Beautiful, Coppell ISD, and Northlake College to offer exceptional environmental education programs to the community.​

 
 
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Coppell Nature Park is 66 acres of natural space that features three types of habitat for local wildlife: Cross Timbers forest, Blackland prairie, and Cottonwood Creek. Always think SAFETY FIRST while exploring nature. Stay on the trails, wear weather-appropriate attire and have plenty of water. Be respectful of the environment and do not litter. Enjoy observing, but avoid disturbing, destroying, or removing what you find. Unlike domestic pets, wild animals generally avoid interaction with humans and will flee if given the opportunity. If you encounter a wild animal, remain calm and quiet and do not provoke it. Stay up to date with the Friends of the Coppell Nature Park via their website or Facebook

 

​​Classes & Programs

The Biodiversity Education Center creates an approachable bridge to the outdoors through natural space, the Nature Explore Area, and hands-on environmental education programs. Participants of education programs develop a deeper connection to their environment as they learn about local flora, fauna, natural processes and sustainability issues.  Register for upcoming hikes at www.coppellactivities.com. If you would like to receive our weekly emails, please let us know by emailing us at ​​​bec@coppelltx.gov​​​. 

 

 
ecoexplorer aCTIVITy kits
 
The EcoExplorer program is venturing outdoors! Drop by to learn about the Biodiversity Education Center, Coppell Nature Park and the seasonal programs offered. While you're here, pick up a FREE activity kit to learn about a theme in nature. Weekly themes are posted on the BEC Facebook events page. EcoExplorer Activity  Kits contain instructions to complete learning activities throughout the trails of Coppell Nature Park. Kits will be available for pick up at the office window during normal EcoExplorer visitor hours. Limit one kit per child. No registration required.​​

  
Nature adventure packs
 
The Biodiversity Education Center offers Nature Adventure Packs! Each pack contains all the instructions and materials you need for hands-on learning in nature. Children and parents can complete age-appropriate activities together using Coppell Nature Park as an outdoor laboratory. Find details and purchase at www.coppellactivities.com. Supplies are limited. Provide proof of purchase upon pick-up during normal visitor hours. ​

 
EcoExplorer Kits and Nature Adventure Packs are available for pick up:
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday 3:00pm-6:00pm

 
 
​​Self-Guided education activities

 
​Fun at home or in your neighborhood!
          


 

​Citizen Science

What is it? 

Citizen science is a collaboration between professional scientists and any member of the general public who is interested in protecting our environment. Acting as citizen scientists, people of all ages, experience levels, and interests work to help gather different kinds of data about nature. This data is used to advance research, advise land managers, and inform policy makers. Whether it's catching butterflies, photographing landscapes, surveying birds in your backyard or any of our other engaging opportunities, citizen scientists help us to understand our climate, the health of our natural resources, and the quality of our wildlife habitats.

Who can participate? 

Short answer: anyone and everyone! Citizen science is not defined by age, gender, racial identity, citizenship status, education, or physical ability. Citizen scientists are people like you, your neighbors and fellow community members, your children and your friends.

How do I get involved? 

In today's technologically advanced society you can help researchers across the globe collect valuable scientific data with your phone! The following links describe different citizen science projects that you can participate in with the swipe of your finger. 

iNaturalist, Project Noah, Seek or Map of LifeHelp researchers document biological diversity by photographing what you see in nature. Help track the biodiversity you find in Coppell Nature Park by joining the project Biodiversity@CoppellNaturePark​ using iNaturalist. ​

eBirdDocument birds you observe in real-time and contribute to avian research, education and conservation.

Project BudBurstHelp researchers gather data on plants throughout the seasons to increase appreciation of plants and the natural world and inspire conservation action.

Journey NorthHelp researchers study seasonal migration by documenting your Monarch butterfly sightings as well as other migratory species

City Nature Challenge​ - This is an annual, global event where cities around the world compete to involve the most participants to make the most observations of the local wildlife species 

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Ask a naturalist

Did you find a mystery plant or animal in Coppell Nature Park, or did you have some other experience in nature that you would like to learn more about? The staff at the BEC are North Texas Master Naturalists who love to share their knowledge and learn more about nature. Submit a completed formto ask us a question and we will respond as soon as we are able. 
 

 
junior master naturalist
Inspired by one of our own volunteers, the Biodiversity Education Center now offers the Junior Master Naturalist program to 4th through 6th graders. This program is modeled after curriculum from the Perot Museum. The experience combines hands-on explorations and outdoor adventures to help young people develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of Texas ecosystems.  

 
Click on the logo below to see the full calendar and register. 

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​​​Rentals and reservations

Due to current recommendations limiting gathering sizes, rental applications will not be accepted until further notice. Staff is still available to answer questions via email (bec@coppelltx.gov) or phone (972-304-3581). Please leave a detailed message including your name and phone number. Many calls at the BEC are forwarded to offsite phones. As a result, staff may be unable to return calls if you do not leave contact information. ​

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES (ADA) TITLE III NOTICE:

As a government entity, the City of Coppell strives to make available facilities open for public use in a manner consistent with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. We hope that as you utilize our facilities, you will find them accessible and efficient for your needs.

In compliance with the non-discrimination requirements of Title III of the ADA, a community group, non-profit entity, or private business must facilitate, at its sole expense, any disability-related request for reasonable accommodation, effective communication, or program modification that does not impose undue burden (significant difficulty or expense).  

A government entity has no obligation to facilitate requests for reasonable accommodations connected to an event or activity sponsored or managed by a community group, non-profit entity, or private business that is making use of government-owned facilities.

If you have any questions or concerns in regard to the accessibility of any City facilities being utilized by a community group, non-profit entity, or private business, please notify the manager of that particular facility or Kori Allen, ADA & Capital Programs Coordinator, at 972-462-5148.​


 
 

GREEN BUILDING DESIGN  

The Biodiversity Education Center was designed with "green" construction features. The building receives power from 96 solar panels and includes a cistern that captures 9,400 gallons of rainwater. 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. ​


Receive service hours with us!

​Volunteers ages 13-17 may sign up to volunteer with us. We currently have virtual volunteer opportunities that include litter cleanups, citizen science and more! These volunteer opportunities keep in mind social distancing guidelines and many can be done from your neighborhood or home!


 

​To see other eco-friendly initiatives sponsored by the City of Coppell, visit​​ coppelltx.gov/sustainability.
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​The Biodiversity Education Center is a Texas Aquatic Science certified field site. 
Visit texasaquaticscience.org to learn more!
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