The Biodiversity Education Center

BEC Brochure
FCNP Guest Lecture Programs 2016-2017
Biodiversity Education Center home page on City of Coppell website.

In 2003, a small group of citizens focused the youth of our community on a philosophy of community service that supported classroom education. The outcome of that effort evolved into the planning, design, and development of a 66-acre nature park and education facility. These visionary students sought to augment their school classroom with a real world laboratory for the study of:

  1. physical and environmental sciences,
  2. conservation techniques,
  3. environmentally-friendly construction,
  4. the bio-diversity of plant and animal life,
  5. solar power,
  6. rain water collection,

This is amazing when you realize this was conceived, oralized, and promoted by students of our community. This page represents Phase 1 of the Biodiversity Education Center envisioned by those students.

Recognizing the potential of this facility — North Lake College, Coppell ISD, and the City of Coppell joined as active supporters of our non-profit foundation. As a result, this Friends of Coppell Nature Park partnership for mentoring youth has been praised by the National Service Learning Conference in Philadelphia; DFW's Channel 8 News and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission in Austin, Tx.

Hundreds of students have been involved in the effort with over 20,000 hours of volunteer work recorded.

Earth Day Grand Opening

Coppell city and community leaders will host a grand opening for the Biodiversity Education Center on Earth Day, April 22, exactly one year after construction groundbreaking. Read more about the event in The Dallas Morning News.

Coppell 300

"The Coppell 300" is the first 300 Coppell individuals, organizations, or businesses who donate $1,000 or more to the completion of the Nature Park Garden and Education Center. Donors will be recognized within the walls of the Butterfly Garden and Education Center! Also, ask about "naming rights" available for larger contributions!

All checks should be made out to "Friends of Coppell Nature Park" and mailed to P.O. Box 1363 , Coppell, 75019. Donations can be made with credit cards through PayPal. See more information on donations.

"Friends" is a 501 C-3 non-profit corporation. Thus, such contributions have been determined by the IRS to be tax deductible. A receipt form will be provided for your gift.

U. S. Congressman Kenny Marchant gave Bruce Wilcox, treasurer for Friends of Coppell Nature Park, a check for $1,000. The funds are part of FCNP's effort to construct a Biodiversity Education Center at Coppell Nature Park. To read the rest of the article, click here.

The Coppell 300 are...
Wilkes & Monica Alexander Reena Batra James & Lori Beckelman Lucy Billingsley Martha-Allison Moseley Blewer Ken & Rebecca Boatman Steve & Denise Brown Burt & Margaret Bryan Brandon & Dena Buford Senator John & Helen Carona Pete & Gayle Cotting JP Daniel Ed & Jane Darling Lorna & Laura Darling John & Karen Davis Lou & Judy Duggan Aaron, Jaime, Makena & Lucas Duncan Del & Lisa Dunham Wilburn & Susan Echols Dr. Trent Elliot Tom & Evelyn Elwood Dave, Martha, Brian & Leia Emerson Ed, Cindy & Tara Ferguson Marvin & Phyllis Franklin Chris Bergquist Fulmer Dr. Herlinda Glasscock David & Marlene Goodner In Memory of Alisha Beth Goram Steve & Cathy Goram John & Kathleen Gutierrez Matt & Janet Hall Bruce, Lori, Laura & Libby Helm Terry Hoyle, Mike Hall, Amy Holzle Dan & Michelle Hudson Rob & Cathy Hull Thorn & Kelly Hulme Larry, Kimberly & Jordan Jones
Robert & Carol Key Sandra Lindstrom Ty Liu & Patti Huang Stan & Cara Lockett Cliff & Chris Long Michael & Julie Maley Kenny & Donna Marchant Mike & Kathy Martin Vin & Betsy Merrill Dan & Vieven Moore John & Eleanor Otto Pete & Midge Parish Ed & Deena Reeve Ben, Leslie, Nathan & Noah Reiners Dr. Tim Ritter Aaron, Kristi, Maci & Isabel Scates Michael & Debbie Schaefer Scott Schwob Dave, Kathy & Dan Smith Bill & Gretchen Sundermann Blake & Lisa Svejkovski Tim & Janna Tidwell Bob & Laurie Timmerman Jim Vandehaar & Pamela Graham Amanda Vanhoozier Jeff & Pam Varnell Family David & Cindy Warner Danny & Rebecca Watson Morgan, Debbie, Sydney & Garrett Watson Gayle Westapher & Lorrayne Donnell Ken & Trudy White ML & Vonita White Frank Whiteside & Jeanie Houston Bruce & Betsy Wilcox
Aetna Foundation, Inc. All Pro Electric Alliance Glass & Mirror, Ltd. American Building Supply American Concrete ARAMARK Assistance League of Coppell Baker Drywall Baker Metal Products, Inc. Bank of America BKM Total Office of Texas Blackson Brick Co. Boy Scout Troop 841 Boys & Girls Club of Coppell Brown Excavating Company, Inc. Citizens' Advocate Construction Education Foundation Coppell Chamber of Commerce Coppell Gifted Association Coppell Independent School District Coppell Realty Coppell Women's Club Dallas County Commissioners Court Denton Creek Elementary ECO Construction Services Exchange Club of Coppell Ferguson Plumbing Supply Friends of Coppell Nature Park Frost Bank Fugro Consultants, Inc. FUMC Vacation Bible School 2012 Girl Scout Troop 1655 Grow It Land Designs Henderson Engineers, Inc. Heritage One Roofing, Inc. Lennox Lighting Alliance Lions Club of Coppell Living Earth M Signs, Inc. Nasco Steel North Lake College NorthStar Builders Group Nudura / Shell Craft Pavestone Company Primrose School of Coppell Right Choice Painting & Construction Riverside Church of Christ Ronald McDonald House Charities Rotary Club of Coppell RunOn! Racing Systems Division S&T Plumbing, Inc. Shutter Up Quick! SHW Group Sizelove Construction SolarCity Soto's Automotive St. Ann Catholic Parish Stone Peak TDIndustries Texas Air System Texas Sprinkler The City of Coppell The Container Store The Kroger Co. TownCenter Green Team 2013 Trinity River Kayak Company TXU Energy Wadleigh Tile L.P. X2VOL / IntelliVOL, Inc. YMCA of Coppell

Tree Species Identification

Have you noticed the numbered signs on the trails? Learn the trees that go with the numbers with our guide to the Coppell Nature Park Tree Species in PDF format.