TCC Wakulla Environmental Institute
E.O. Wilson, the world’s most prominent environmentalist has called this unique area of North Florida the 5th hottest spot for biodiversity. Because of its geological location between the Gulf and Atlantic, mountains and sea, there is an extremely high concentration of plant and animal species, some found nowhere else in the world but here. This is the catalyst that sparked the vision for the Wakulla Environmental Institute, an offshoot of Tallahassee Community College. WEI is positioned as an emerging state-of-the-art, environmentally sensitive learning laboratory for students seeking real life, hands-on educational opportunities in conservation, the environment, recreation and hospitality industries. WEI is in the beginning stages of preparing the next generation of environmental professionals for careers in water quality, natural resource management and environmental monitoring. In time, the institute will offer two-year Associate of Science degrees in an array of ecologically responsible fields. Aquaculture or oyster farming will be high on the list.
The campus site located 10 miles southwest of Wakulla Springs State Park off U.S. 319 is surrounded by a million acres of conservation lands with rich and diverse ecosystems. Breathtaking natural spots with wetlands and two connected sinkholes dot the expansive 158 acre property that will be shared with future eco-tourism visitors who come to stay in the planned 200 room hotel and spa run by hospitality and tourism management students.
The Wakulla Environmental Institute, “A one-stop shop for all things environmental” has a simple mission of sustainability - to preserve the area heritage and deep environmental assets while staying in tune with the changing times.