Lac Bois d’Arc Operations Center serves as a community classroom

Fannin County, Texas — The Bois d’Arc Lake Operations Center held its first facility-wide event for nearly 75 local teachers and educators in partnership with Dodd City ISD at the end of June 2022. The school’s summer professional development conference was held over two days, using all of the center’s indoor and outdoor classrooms, the lobby and the boardroom.

The building’s location near Lake Bois d’Arc offered teachers a chance to see progress on North Texas’ newest reservoir and provided a unique location for their continuing education classes. The North Texas Municipal Water District, which owns and operates the lake and center, encourages school groups and other Fannin County organizations to learn more about holding educational events in the new space.

“The facility offers an unusual setting with lots of opportunities for exploration…it has beautiful scenery and facilities,” said Nathan Melson, high school STEM teacher and 6-12 year old robotics director/coach.

Melson chaired the school’s professional development conference committee. As a local representative and former education representative of the lake’s watershed protection plan committee, he was familiar with the lake’s operations center.

“Someone mentioned how cool it would be to have the school development conference here,” he said. “Our faculty and administration were on board. I contacted Jennifer Stanley, operations center manager at Bois d’Arc Lake, and she arranged everything for us so that we could host the event three months later. .

The conference included non-traditional continuing education classes with guest speakers from a variety of backgrounds, including the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife on water-related issues, the Texas Historical Commission on Home and Library of former US President Sam Rayburn (in the area) and a local beekeeping club covering beekeeping science and pollinators. An archaeologist/paleontologist presenter led an extremely popular field trip to the fossils at the bottom of a nearby river.

“It worked really well,” Melson said. “If there was anything we needed, Jennifer and her team were there to help. They helped us with our technological needs and participated in the practical work in class. We have already asked to organize the conference again at the center next year and to extend it to three days with additional courses and field trips. I definitely encourage others to use the space as well, including one of our local councils. »

This is what Fannin Bank has already done by organizing the meeting of its board of directors in the establishment in June.

For information on planning an event at the Lac Bois d’Arc Operations Center, located on FM 897, call 469-626-4760. Learn more about the center in this recent North Texas Electronic News story.