We Are Nature Next Door

The Nature Preserve Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1991 by local community members and nature enthusiasts John and Kay Kendall. Motivated to transform an abandoned sewage lagoon into a vibrant, beautiful oasis of biodiversity, the Kendalls founded the Nature Preserve Foundation to rally resources and the entire community around this special place.  Thanks to the work envisioned by the Kendalls and through the stewardship of the Nature Preserve Foundation, that abandoned sewage lagoon became the Watershed Nature Center.  The 40+ acre site is now a local gem and a beloved outdoor space for walkers with two legs and four, nature lovers, runners, teachers and students alike.  Its mission-driven programming is managed by the Foundation and its team of staff, interns, volunteers, and community partners.

Our Mission

Today, the Foundations mission remains focused on its three pillar priorities: Education. Restoration. Recreation.


To re-connect people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to nature


To protect and restore ecologically funcational lands and waters


To promote active & healthy lifestyle in our community and surrounding areas

Give the Gift of Nature

Supporting the Nature Preserve Foundation helps to preserve and protect natural habitats and wildlife. There are many ways to donate or volunteer, depending on your interests and availability.

Our Upcoming Events

Earth Day Celebration 2023 Event

Saturday, April 22

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Whine & Whiskey for the Watershed

Friday, September 20

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Birding With Friends

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Frog Walks

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