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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.


Michele Cameron

Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017

What an amazing park! Fun for the whole family! A train ride, mini golf, Wizard of Oz playground, and an awesome Nature Center, plus trails and I'm sure there was stuff we missed!.

Jason Lipscomb

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018

I volunteer there and it's fun.

Sydni Love

Friday, June 16, 2017

Serenity & Peace. To take a walk with nature and all for the entire family to explore its natural beauty. Its Amazing.

Amanda Otto

Monday, June 12, 2017

Great camps and programs for homeschoolers! They have upgraded a lot recently too!

Petra Holden

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

Lovely free nature center, with outdoor hikes, ponds, and indoor turtles, crows and other small animals. They host birthday parties for a fee, with an animal presentation included. Nearby is an amazing Wizard of Oz playground, free petting zoo, and pay-for carousel and mini-train. We think this place is great!

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