Inspiring children and adults to learn about and experience the ecology of Northwest Georgia
The E.C.O. Center is a joint department of the City of Rome and Floyd County and exists to provide natural resource education to the residents and visitors of Rome and Floyd County. Due to the amount of water that Rome withdraws from its rivers for consumption and use, the City and County are federally mandated to provide water quality and related education to the community. Through a combination of educational programs, family-friendly events, self-guided tours, and a knowledgeable staff, the E.C.O. Center is able to effectively fulfill its purpose. However, the E.C.O. Center views its existence as an incredibly unique and fun opportunity for visitors to see and experience the importance of wildlife and natural resources.
The E.C.O. Center maintains over 25 live animal exhibits of a variety of reptiles, amphibians, fish, and lizards that are native to Northwest Georgia. The snakes, turtles, salamanders, frogs, fish, and more that you see in the Center are the same ones that live in our backyards, forests, trails, and rivers. These professionally maintained exhibits give the public the ability to visually identify and learn more about the animals that they may encounter in the wild. In addition to these exhibits, the E.C.O. Center displays many printed images and graphics that pertain to the wildlife and other natural resources. A friendly staff member is always nearby to help answer any additonal questions you may have!