The Jacob L. Babler Outdoor Education Center
The Jacob L. Babler Outdoor Education Center offers the opportunity to enjoy the scenic outdoors in a setting that is as barrier-free as possible. The outdoor education center, which is operated by the Rockwood School District, is open year-round with facilities available for an afternoon, a day or even a week.
Built to give the greatest accessibility to those with disabilities, this unique facility includes eight heated cabins with fireplaces, a dining hall, a recreation center, and conference and meeting rooms. The buildings feature extra-wide doorways, grab bars and benches in the restrooms. Outdoor facilities include a swimming pool with ramp, a three-fourths-mile accessible trail, a fishing pond, campfire and game areas, and an archery field.
The center, which can accommodate 120 campers, was designed for use by the following:
- Organized groups of youths with disabilities
- Organized groups of adults with disabilities
- Families with children with disabilities
- Adults being trained to work with people with disabilities
- Organized groups that mainstream people with disabilities
* Other groups will be considered on a space-availability basis.
A wide range of activities can be enjoyed at the center, including swimming, cookouts, fishing, horseback riding, table games, archery, crafts, sports, dancing and hiking. The park’s visitor center contains exhibits and displays that explain the natural features of the area, and the park naturalist is available to do interpretive programs.
A camp administrator oversees the facilities and assists groups, while the park maintenance staff maintains the physical facilities for all user groups. Food service is provided by a competent kitchen staff capable of serving the needs of those with special diets.
Reservations to use the center should be made in advance. For more information or to register, contact the Rockwood School District at 636-458-3048.