The Kenneth Kirchman Foundation is a charitable organization that owns a 10,426-acre ranch in St. Cloud, Florida, known as “Lake X,” for the purpose of educating the public (particularly children) about Florida’s ecology and wildlife. As the surrounding areas become increasingly populated and infringe on undeveloped areas in Florida, the public is losing familiarity with nature. The Foundation seeks to address the problem of the public’s ever-increasing disengagement with nature by providing first-hand educational experiences to enhance public awareness, especially among children. The Educational Center consists of several areas, including the Nature Walk, the Cracker Classroom, the Meeting Pavilion, the Main Pavilion, Bunk House, Archery Center and the Fishing Dock. The Cracker Classroom is a place where children receive a hands-on learning experience about nature and the outdoors. The educational programming conducted by the Foundation integrates a variety of local artifacts into prepared educational curriculum. The Main Pavilion serves as a meeting place for group meals and team building activities. The cracker-style Bunk House is the latest addition to the Education Center and is equipped with air conditioning and bathrooms. Many of the children who participate in the Foundation’s programs have never had the opportunity to fish and enjoy Florida’s lakes and waters. The Archery Center partners with NASP and Centershot archery programming to teach students the process of archery. Archery is for all ages. The Fishing Dock is a great place for first time fishermen to learn, and a place where great fishermen get their start. Future additions to the Educational Center include an outdoor amphitheater which may serve as a venue for environmental learning seminars and other events.
East Central Region
Archery – Target and 3D, Guided Tours, School Field Trips, Summer/Holiday Camps, Wildlife Viewing
Kenneth Kirchman Foundation7965 Old Melbourne Highway
St. Cloud, FL 34771
Kenneth Kirchman Foundation Website