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With high gas prices and slim budget, many teachers this year may consider an educational science field trip to be too costly. But before you stow away the classroom field gear, why not consider polishing off your outdoor magnifiying glasses right here in our own backyard at Axiall's newly designed Naturelab?

In a joint venture, McNeese State University and Axiall Corporation have collaborated to offer our region's first easy-to-access environmental outdoor learning center. Located just west of I-210 near Prien Lake, this outdoor haven is the perfect field trip destination for students of all ages. 

The Naturelab Curriculum is filled with exciting hands-on activities that involce students in meaningful engaged learning. WIth programs uniquely designed for each specific age group, teachers can pick from a variety of activities that can be tailored specifically for their classroom.

In addition, Naturelab offers the option for K-12 teachers to participate in the Mini-Grant program which can be used to cover expenses involved with a Naturelab field trip. Last year, many SWLA teachers took advantage of this opportunity and were able to bring their classes to Naturelab with all expenses paid. 

For more information or to book your trip, contact Gary Kratzer, Naturelab's project coordinator, 337-475-5817 or