Biodiversity Education Center
The Biodiversity Education Center (BEC) is offering limited programming at this time. The safety guests and staff is our number one priority. The Coppell City Council has mandated that all visitors to any indoor City of Coppell facility must wear a mask or face covering. All City of Coppell staff will continue to wear masks and masks will be available to anyone needing one. Find out more about the precautions taken at City facilities.
All rentals are suspended at this time. Coppell Nature Park remains open, including the trails. We urge you to continue to practice social distancing measures when in the park on the trails.
Staff is available to answer questions via email or by phone at 972-304-3581. Please leave a detailed message including your name and phone number. Many calls to the City of Coppell are forwarded to offsite phones. As a result, staff may be unable to return calls if you do not leave contact information.
The BEC works collectively to offer exceptional environmental education programs to the community with partner organizations such as:
- Coppell ISD
- Keep Coppell Beautiful
- Northlake College
- Friends of the Coppell Nature Park
Ask a Naturalist
Did you find a mystery plant or animal in Coppell Nature Park, or did you have some other experience in nature that you would like to learn more about? The staff at the BEC are North Texas Master Naturalists who love to share their knowledge and learn more about nature. Submit a completed form to ask us a question and we will respond as soon as we are able.
Volunteer with Us
There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available for teens and adults at the Biodiversity Education Center. Many of the programs the BEC offers to the community would not be possible or as enriching without volunteer service!
If you are over the age of 18 and are interested in volunteering with the Biodiversity Education Center, we invite you to attend volunteer orientation. Adult orientation is offered two times a year in the Fall and Spring. During orientation, you will learn about Coppell Nature Park, the Biodiversity Education Center, the programs offered to the community through this facility, and the impact volunteers have on the community. Docents are a committed group of adult volunteers who receive training to take a leadership role with activities such as field trips, guided hikes, and group service activities. Docent training is offered two times each year in the Fall and Spring. Check the seasonal program listing or BEC Facebook event page for upcoming orientation and docent training dates. Register online as a volunteer! Staff is available to answer questions via email or by phone at 972-304-3581.
Receive Service Hours with Us
Volunteers ages 13 to 17 may sign up to volunteer with us. We currently have virtual volunteer opportunities that include litter cleanups, citizen science and more! These volunteer opportunities keep in mind social distancing guidelines and many can be done from your neighborhood or home!
Green Building Design
The Biodiversity Education Center was designed with "green" construction features. The building receives power from 96 solar panels and includes a cistern that captures 9,400 gallons of rainwater. Landscaping around the Center features Texas native and adaptive plants, reducing water consumption and providing a habitat for wildlife such as butterflies, hummingbirds, birds, and bees.