Outreach and Education at the Goodall Center
One of the primary objectives of the Thinking Like a River Initiative is to engage the community in hands-on learning experiences, allowing them to create real personal connections with their natural environment. A key component to preserving our wild spaces is fostering a genuine love for them among the public-- by having positive experiences at the Goodall Center, we hope to foster fond lifelong memories about the outdoors for adults and children alike.
Engaging Spartanburg area youth is crucial to the TLAR mission. We have hosted several schools at the Goodall Center this past year, including Spartanburg Charter School, Clifdale Elementary, Dorman High School, and Cleveland Elementary. We hope to host even more school field trips at our location, and work with teachers to provide customized lesson plans and quality educational experiences for students of all ages. Although most lessons taught are focused on the natural sciences, we have also had groups come to learn math, history, and even the language arts! Local history is particularly relevant to teach in Glendale, as the ruins from the Glendale Textile Mill create an interesting backdrop.
The Spartanburg Boys and Girls Club also frequents the Goodall Center, where children learn about gardening and the importance leading healthy lifestyles. They plant and maintain the Three Sisters Garden, in which corn, beans, and squash are grown in a technique developed by the Native Americans.
The Goodall Center is also the site of monthly public educational events, almost always offered as free for all attendees. These programs are varied in subject matter from star gazing, to a yearly Halloween event highlighting snakes and spiders, to making crafts out of natural materials. Our events are publicized at the kiosk down at the Glendale Shoals, on the Facebook page, and also this website.
Wofford College students also benefit from the learning opportunity that Goodall presents. Several classes meet occasionally at Goodall, providing a welcome relief from the typical school day.
We encourage you to attend our events or even just take a walk on our extensive trail system, and see what Thinking Like a River is all about!
The TLAR experience gives area families renewed love for our local waterways, while creating relationships with nature and each other.