The latest edition to Lynchburg College’s Claytor Nature Study Center is a new eco-lodge, and it is slated to host its first overnight students later this month. The nature center was developed in 1998 after a 470-acre farm was donated to the college. According to the News & Advance, the idea for overnight lodging began in 2009 in an effort for long term plans over the next 20 years. Located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Claytor Center encompasses freshwater streams, woodlands, wetlands, grasslands, rare plants, wildlife, and a portion of the Big Otter River. Much of the $300,000 to build the energy-efficient lodge came from donations. The Virginia Department of Health participated in the project to educate its employees.