The City Council has given preliminary approval to a site for an outdoor nature classroom on city-owned land behind West Point Elementary School.

The city owns eight acres behind the school and will allow the Davis School District to use up to six acres to create a nature center for students."The council felt it was a worthy project," Mayor Howard Stoddard said.

The city will retain control of the land on some sort of lease with details to be worked out later.

However, the council will require an 80-foot-wide road into the property and a space large enough to park 250 vehicles.

West Point teacher Betsy Thurgood is seeking a $500 grant to help develop the property over the next several years. A walking trail, picnic area, fire pit and wetlands area are planned. The community could also use the facility when school is not in session.

Classes on animals and plants, as well as creative writing, could be incorporated into school uses for the outdoor classroom.