The mission of the Forestry Outreach Center is to provide a space in which people of all ages can learn about the natural world and, specifically, the Berea College Forest. Using a model of community education in which each person participates as both a teacher and a learner, our hope is that the Center will act as a bridge between College and community, fostering an attitude of stewardship of the ecosystems and watersheds that sustain us!
The Berea Urban Farm is a 1.4-acre educational market garden located in the center of Berea KY. We have a CSA (BUF Shares), and offer a full slate of workshops and tours, a demonstration orchard, pollinator plantings, bee hives, and El Jardín Latinoamericano featuring crops from Mexico and Central America.
Putting Nature back into the Natural way of life. Get Outside offers you a direct way to immerse you, your family, and your friends into a completely stunning environment right in Berea Kentucky's backyard. On kayak, canoe, or SUP, Owsley Fork Reservoir will be sure to leave a great impression of what Kentucky, Berea, and the Appalachian mountains have to offer. The Outdoors are clean and ready for you to adventure.
The Appalachian Trail Community™ program is designed to recognize communities that promote and protect the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Towns, counties, and communities along the A.T.’s corridor are considered assets by all that use the A.T., and many of these towns act as good friends and neighbors to the Trail. The program serves to assist communities with sustainable economic development through tourism and outdoor recreation while preserving and protecting the A.T.
The Central Appalachia Climbers Coalition (CACC) was established to develop, maintain, and promote rock climbing in central Appalachia.The climbing in our region is just starting to develop, but the potential is vast. We believe that rock climbing will be a viable component of the economic and cultural transition that central Appalachia needs. We want to bring this sustainable economy to our region, where natural resources have always been our greatest asset.
We have a 35-year history in the Shenandoah Valley. We live in the most beautiful geography in the world, as both life-time residents and newcomers. We share hopes for our communities that include our families, our neighbors, and the natural world. We bring a can-do, cooperative spirit to our work. We give our time, energy, and passion to our trails, roads, and friendships. We believe that biking should be fun. We believe that change can be playful. We believe in stewardship and generosity for future generations.
The purpose of The Center is to serve as a significant tourist attraction and be a world-class conservation education and research facility. The Center will capture and offer a full range of teaching and learning opportunities that will be unique and unavailable anywhere else. An accredited conservation education program will be implemented that features both remote learning and on-site classroom programs.
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Tourism is the world's largest industry, and ecotourism is rapidly emerging as its fastest growing segment. As interest in nature travel increases, so does concern for conservation of the environment and the well-being of local peoples and cultures. Appalachia seems an ideal destination for ecotourists, with its rugged mountains, uniquely diverse forests, wild rivers, and lively arts culture. And ecotourism promises much for the region: protecting the environment while bringing income to disadvantaged communities. But can these promises be kept? Ecotourism in Appalachia examines both the potential and the threats that tourism holds for Central Appalachia. The authors draw lessons from destinations that have suffered from the "tourist trap syndrome," including Nepal and Hawaii. They conclude that only carefully regulated and locally controlled tourism can play a positive role in Appalachia's economic development.