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The grand opening of the new Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Learning Center at the North Carolina Zoo was held August 19, 2008 in Asheboro, NC. The center was built using full log materials supplied by Appalachain Log Structures of Ripley, WV. The 4600 square foot building features a D-log profile and will provide affordable accommodations for college and university students who participate in apprenticeships, internships and residencies at the Zoo . It will also welcome visiting artists and scholars engaged in work that advances the Zoo’s missions in conservation, education, recreation and research.

In addition, the Center will expand the Zoo’s leadership role in Online learning and Internet-teaching by offering classes in telemetry, Global Positioning Systems, Archview and similar digital technology that researchers use to promote conservation. During part of the year, the Center will also offer educators workshops on inquiry-based teaching methods and support other special events that engage small groups in camping, hiking and research activities held in the Park at night.

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