At the Kirchman Foundation we have created a unique and rich educational experience for all individuals, and especially children. It is our hope that all who visit the Lake X Ranch will leave with a new awareness and understanding of nature, wildlife, and old Florida.
The Foundation conducts on-site educational programs along with workshops, and operates recreational facilities. The Foundation’s primary means of outreach to children is through its partnership with the Osceola County School Board and the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. Through this partnership, the Foundation is able to host area school children and work with their teachers to provide a one of a kind experience through field trips and other educational programming.
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The Educational Center consists of several areas, including the Nature Walk, the Cracker Classroom, the Meeting Pavilion, the Main Pavilion, Bunk House and the Fishing Dock. The Cracker Classroom is a place where children receive a hands-on learning experience about nature and the outdoors. The educational programming conducted by the Foundation integrates a variety of local artifacts into prepared educational curriculum. The Main Pavilion serves as a meeting place for group meals and team building activities. The cracker-style Bunk House is the latest addition to the Education Center and is equipped with air conditioning and bathrooms. Many of the children who participate in the Foundation’s programs have never had the opportunity to fish and enjoy Florida’s lakes and waters. The Fishing Dock is a great place for first time fishermen to learn, and a place where great fishermen get their start. Future additions to the Educational Center include an outdoor amphitheater which may serve as a venue for environmental learning seminars and other events.
As guest and students tour the board walk, there are multiple informational sites to take in and inform about the indigenous habitat. One can often experience many of natures wonders while on a tour.