Big Laurel Learning Center
We are part of a traditional mountain community that inspires celebration, education, and volunteerism as tools to promote healing and social change. We have a special commitment to the people of the southern West Virginia mountains, especially children.
Big Laurel Learning Center embodies the special dream of founder Edwina Pepper: a community-based education for local children, steeped in Appalachian heritage and looking outward to a larger world. Much of Edwina Pepper's vision can be explored through reading the magazine The Mountain Call.
Our programs include Web of Life Ecology Center, which focuses on the ecology of the region and the world; youth summer camps; alternative breaks for high school, college, and church groups; hospitality for retreats and recovery; and adult literacy.
In January 2007, Big Laurel was funded $50,000 from the Learn and Serve America Project FLOW grant. The funding was used to fund community-based service-learning projects to develop youth leadership while improving watershed health in West Virginia. Collaborating sites include ABLE Families, Inc., Big Ugly Community Center, Chapmanville Middle School, Harts Primary School, Omar Elementary School, and Web of Life Ecology Center.
We welcome your participation and wish to express our gratitude to the many friends and benefactors who make possible the ongoing success of Big Laurel.
"You sow the strength we travel by"