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National Park Service Opening Environmental Education Center


The National Park Service is opening an environmental education center in southern West Virginia.

The New River Gorge National River says in a news release that a grand opening celebration will be held May 21 for the new Camp Brookside center in the Summers County community of Brooks. The event is free and open to the public.

Camp Brookside opened in 1947 as a children’s summer camp for Union Carbide employees in Alloy. The National Park Service bought the site in 1993 and recently renovated it to serve as an overnight facility and environmental education center for the park and surrounding communities.

The facility can house up to 38 overnight guests with seven cabins, a wash house with showers and a large hall with a commercial kitchen.