McMahon Center in Crestview seeks science classes integration

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The John McMahon Environmental Center’s picnic/program pavilion offers a lush, peaceful place for class lectures and group luncheons.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 01:51 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Area schools have a free resource in town to incorporate hands-on research to accompany earth and environmental science classes.

The John McMahon Environmental Center, a Crestview park, is the region’s oldest native tree collection, the center's namesake, retired forester John McMahon, said.

The park has more than 100 native plants tagged for easy identification, a museum covering regional history, industries and wildlife, two fishponds and a covered outdoor picnic and program pavilion.

"Teachers can use the center as a hands-on aid to tie in with textbook materials," McMahon said.

In May, Antioch Elementary School fourth-graders incorporated science, social studies and language arts into a visit to the McMahon Center.

Classes from nearby Northwood Elementary School also make regular forays to the park. Area daycare centers take groups of youngsters to picnics and wander beneath the many varieties of trees.

McMahon frequently acts as a volunteer guide around the park and museum. Florida Forest Service Senior Forester Maria Wilson is a regular lecturer at the center.

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