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Watkins Nature Center

301 Watkins Park Drive

Watkins Nature Center offers close up wildlife investigation with its resident live animals, hands on exhibits, interpretive programs, and special events. Live animal displays include insects, amphibians, reptiles, and birds of prey. The nature center also features indoor and outdoor ponds, a songbird feeding area, a butterfly/hummingbird garden, composting area, an outdoor nest box exhibit, and a squirrel gym that showcases the parks squirrel population. Nature hikes, campfires, animal shows, puppet shows, crafts, summer day camps, and other programs attract over 50,000 visitors each year. Specialty programs are offered for school groups, scout groups, home school students, and adults. Volunteer opportunities are offered year round for teens and adults ages 14 and over.


Savannah Cooper-Hughes

Saturday, May 5, 2018
Came here on a second grade field trip and was extremely impressed with the presentation! The staff member who gave it was engaging, helpful, and obviously liked kids. It was a wonderful experience for all the classes. The nature center is free to enter and has many birds and reptiles on display. The playground has a lot of fun things for all ages and kept the kids entertained for an hour. There are water fountains and bathrooms as well. We ventured a short way down a wooded trail which was well maintained. I look forward to coming back to coming back and exploring more!

Leslie Profit

Sunday, June 10, 2018
It's great for young kids, not a lot of exhibits as the place is fairly small but it is also free. Critters inside include owls, and other larger birds; various snakes, lizards and frogs; fish turtles and a terrapin. There's a nice place to sit and play (toddlers) or look at books. Interesting displays keep kids engaged. Be sure to check outside around the building where you can find several large birds like vultures, a viewing area for local wildlife, great hiking trails, and two ponds full of native creatures. Stroller and wheelchair accessible.

Angela Clayton

Monday, June 18, 2018
The playground is awesome. You have the Nature Center, where you can rent the back room and host nature themed birthday parties, where they bring out the eagles and other animals that aren't on display. They have a reading nook filled with nature themed books and they even have a petting zoo with animals located directly across.from the playground. So much for my little one to do on a Sunday afternoon.

Jason Burks

Monday, June 4, 2018
I've been visiting this nature center since I was a kid. There isn't much that has changed; that is the beauty of this place. Lots of great information for the kiddos.

Damien king

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Great spot to get a up close look at different animals such as birds, snakes, beetles, owls and more. There is also a farm located in the park with chickens, horses, llamas, and more

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