Lone Star College-Tomball and the Bayou Land Conservancy formed a partnership that will give LSC-Tomball students access to unique learning opportunities along with supporting land conservation, according to a May 12 news release from the college.

The Bayou Land Conservancy acquired Arrowwood Preserve, a 117-acre forest in Montgomery County across Spring Creek from LSC-Tomball, in 2020, according to the release. The Bayou Land Conservancy has applied for construction permits to build an outdoor classroom. The outdoor classroom will be used like a lab and give students a chance to interact hands on with the concepts they learn in textbooks or online.

“Once we had the land rights in hand, we knew immediately we wanted to form a partnership with LSC because of their history of caring for the community. In the pandemic, we all realized in new ways the value of our outdoor spaces,” BLC Executive Director Jill Boullion said in the news release.

Students studying natural resources, biology and environmental sciences will be able to use the outdoor classroom along with opportunities for archeology excavation, cartography experience and nature courses, according to the news release.

“I appreciate BLC reaching out to me to explore ways we could work together. They have enabled us to give more to our community and support the educational goals of our students in innovative ways. It is also exciting to see our faculty get to use their expertise in this area and get involved in this project,” LSC-Tomball President Lee Ann Nutt said in the release.

Construction on the outdoor classroom is anticipated to start in the fall along with creating a natural surface trail, according to the release.