“a beautiful old-growth lowland forest”
Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve is an Indiana State Nature Preserve and National Natural Landmark. This old-growth lowland forest is a crucial habitat for a wide variety of animal species, including mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. A Nature Center on the western edge of the property offers hands on educational exhibits and a wildlife observation area. On-site programs are offered to school, civic and scout groups throughout the year. No other city in the United States with a population exceeding 100,000 has within its corporate limits, a timber stand of such acreage and sylvan qualities. Visitors to Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve enter this unique urban forest through an interpretive center. This facility offers hands on educational exhibits, a wildlife observation area, a gift shop, and two class/activity rooms. Nature Center staff provides programs to school, civic and scout "groups throughout the year. Refer to our Programs section for specific opportunities. The Nature Center is also utilized for special events throughout the year, including a Maple Sugarbush Festival in March and the Ohio Valley Birding Festival in late April-early May. Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve offers several options for private group activities as well. Wesselman Nature Society naturalists lead programs both on-site and off-site at your school or business. Class/activity rooms, a large campfire circle, and the Odonata Pond area are all available for rental. Birthday party packages are available as well.
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Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve
- Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
- Tue - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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