About WaterWorks Center for Environmental Education
The WaterWorks Center for Environmental Education was founded by the Alabama’s Mountains, Rivers, and Valleys Resource Conservation and Development Council (AMRV RC&D) in 2010. The AMRV RC&D is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit operating in 8 counties in North Alabama. An abandoned water works facility, closed due to poor source water, has been renovated as a sustainable educational facility. It is the nation’s only water treatment plant reopened as a green learning center for children and adults. Water is now cleaned through our natural wetlands systems and pumped back into the creek.
WaterWorks is a one of a kind environmental education center. We have multiple learning exhibits to teach children about the importance of wetland systems and sustainable technologies. Our facility is run entirely off of solar power. We have green roofs that insulate the building, reduce runoff and provide extra space to grow edible plants like strawberries. Our rainwater collection systems reduce the need for municipal water supply. Our worm composting area reduces our paper waste. Porous pavers in the parking lot reduce runoff into nearby streams. Native species of minnows control mosquitoes and reduce the need for pesticides.
We believe every child has the right to a healthy environment and outstanding education. Here at WaterWorks we want to reconnect children with the outdoors and instill a sense of wonder for the natural world. We also want to educate them on value of sustainable technologies in being responsible stewards of the environment. We believe in such education for the future decision makers and leaders for our wonderful biodiverse state!