Watershed Nature Center

Where It All Began

The Watershed Nature Center is located at 1591 Tower Avenue, behind Nelson Elementary School, adjacent to Hoppe Park. Our trails are open 365 days a year, from dawn ‘til dusk. The Watershed Visitor Center building, located at the entrance to the preserve, serves as a classroom for our many learning programs and a welcome center for visitors. NOTE: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the WNC is currently closed to visitors. Be sure to contact info@naturepreservefoundation.org for field trip availability.

The Watershed Nature Center is home to more than 40 acres of wetlands, woodlands, and grassland habitats. The Center features paved hiking trails, a raised marsh walk, and a welcome center. The Watershed is dedicated to providing environmental education, outdoor recreation, and enjoyment of native habitats for Edwardsville and surrounding communities. We are dedicated to improving our park to ensure our community has everyday access to nature. We are always growing… stay tuned for news and updates. 

The Watershed is owned by the City of Edwardsville, managed by the non-profit Nature Preserve Foundation, and supported by a local community of visitors, volunteers, donors, partners, and sponsors. The Watershed Nature Center is a vital part of the Cahokia Creek watershed.

Your support helps us ensure this essential, ecological asset continues to benefit our community for generations to come.

Adopt-A-Tree Activity

The Nature Preserve Foundation protects 46 acres of land at the Watershed Nature Center in Edwardsville, IL. This area includes a beautiful, lush forest that many animals and insects call home! When you visit, walk our scenic nature trail and choose a tree to “adopt”. Visit your tree in each season to observe how it changes throughout the year!

Use this booklet to write and draw your observations.

Download Adopt-a-Tree Activity Packet