CARLYLE LAKE, IL-(Effingham Radio)- The US Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake announces the completion of an accessible outdoor classroom located behind the Carlyle Lake Visitor Center in the Dam West Recreation Area.
The outdoor classroom consists of a 36′ x 54′ concrete block with 24 benches and a 20′ x 30′ amphitheater shelter.
This facility was made possible with support from eight partners and the USACE Handshake Partnership Program.
The Carlyle Lake Project received $25,000 in 2020 from USACE Headquarters in Washington, DC. This seed money is used to improve recreational projects through community partnerships.
Carlyle Lake personnel worked with Bayer US, Boy Scouts Troop 281, Bromley Excavating, Carlyle Lake Ducks Unlimited and Carlyle Lake 50th Anniversary Committee, Carlyle Lake Association, City of Carlyle and Schaefer Contracting to complete this improvement project.
The new accessible classroom will be used by the Corps of Engineers for interpretive/educational programs, the City of Carlyle, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), local school groups, Boy Scout and Boy Scout troops, local athletes and outdoor groups, and members of the public.
This facility will provide visitors with an accessible and unique interpretive experience, raise awareness of Corps missions, and provide more recreational opportunities, all taking place in a natural setting.
Outdoor classrooms help restore the traditional benefits of childhood while addressing many of the challenges we face today.
They encourage visitors to be outside and more active, connect visitors with nature and offer a wide range of recreational activities that support general development.
The accessible, outdoor classroom offers visitors the opportunity to learn from interpreters and naturalists in an environment that allows them to truly connect with nature.
Visitors are exposed to a variety of recreational opportunities including fishing, hiking, biking, geocaching and enjoying the great outdoors.
For more information about Carlyle Lake, contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at (618) 594-2484 or email [email protected].