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. Can we change it to it is open regularly on Wednesdays from x to y, for school field trips, educational activities and special events throughout the year. Be sure to contact info@naturepreservefoundation.org for 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.