The center is an environmental facility serving students, teachers and professional audiences. The center is nestled in the Longleaf Pine ecosystem, which is considered the 6th most biodiverse area in the continental U.S. and less than 2% of it remains intact today. As such, it is the perfect place to educate students on the importance of biodiversity and to encourage conservation, preservation and restoration. This ecological "hot-spot" is available as a gathering place where local and regional scientists can conduct ecological research and participate in symposia that disseminates this research to the public through the Florida Educational Channel.
Developed by Walton County conservationist, Dr. E.O. Wilson and resident, M.C. Davis, on his 49,000-acre conservation land named Nokuse Plantation, the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center is named after and dedicated to world renowned scientist Dr. Edward O. Wilson. As Pellegrino University Professor Emeritus and Honorary Curator in Entomology at Harvard University, Dr. Wilson has made it his life-long mission to educate the public about the importance of conserving the world's biodiversity. This two-time Pulitzer Prize winner spent his formative years and performed his earliest scientific investigations in NW Florida and SW Alabama, and developed the term "biophilia" - the connections that human beings subconsciously seek with the rest of life.