Port Neches chemical plant unveils new environmental education center for students

Wild alligators and majestic birds lounging in a beautiful green landscape is not something you'd expect to find across the street from a giant chemical plant, but that's the case with the Huntsman plant in Port Neches.

On Earth Day 2014, Huntsman Corp. unveiled its new Environmental Education Center located across the street from its plant. The small building will serve as a classroom where students in PNG ISD can learn about biology and wildlife.

"We wanted to do something here to show what we're trying to do with the environment, improving the habitat, and sharing with the community," said Huntsman environmental director Mike Miller.

The learning won't be limited to the classroom though, students at Tuesday's ceremony got to tour the more than 2 acres of wetlands owned by Huntsman that they'll be able to visit during lessons.

"I thought it was amazing that there's this like natural wildlife preserve in our own backyard and we didn't even know it," said PN-G High School senior Oxserio Benites.

Students are leaving their marks, too. Four logos designed by PN-G art students were selected out of more than 70 submissions to be used for the program.


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