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-Camp Environmental Educator-

(Camp Counselor)

Fred L. Waterman Conservation Education Center has provided environmental education and outdoor recreation opportunities to the residents of Broome and Tioga counties for over 40 years. Our mission is to promote environmental literacy while encouraging people to get outside and enjoy our natural areas. For over 20 years we’ve offered a youth recreation day camp during the summer for children between the ages of 6 and 11 which includes games, hikes, crafts, and other activities. This year camp will run between June 28th until August 6th from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. The Waterman Center is a proud partner agency of the United Way of Tioga County.



Report to, and work closely with, the Camp Director. Environmental Educators are responsible for implementing and helping to execute a dynamic, high quality see more, click here


The invasive insect Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) has infested our Hemlock trees. A heavy HWA infestation can kill a hemlock tree in as little as 2 years.

In addition to their aesthetic beauty and benefits for wildlife, Hemlocks serve a critical role in erosion control on the steep slopes of our trails. For that reason, we have selected 100 of the most important trees for a chemical treatment to protect them from HWA. The selected trees are tagged with an orange ribbon and will be treated in April. 

This treatment will cost approximately $3,000 and is not covered in our operating budget for 2021.

We encourage you to consider a donation to help us cover this cost.

Donations can be made at the Interpretive Center office during regular business hours via check, cash, or credit card.

Or donation can be made online: Please designate “Hilton HWA” on your donation. 

Center Hours

Waterman's main site on Hilton Road houses an interpretive center with a museum, live animal residents, a reference library, gift shop, educational displays and classroom space, all of which are open to the public.

M-F 9am -4pm

Sat 10am - 4pm

closed Sundays


Open dawn to dusk daily


or by email:

Your generous support helps fund programming, care for our display animals and so much more!

The mission of Waterman Conservation Education Center is to promote conservation education and environmental literacy. We serve our members, the citizens of the Twin Tiers of New York State and Pennsylvania, and all visitors to our wildlife refuge system.


Waterman Interpretive Center

403 Hilton Road, Apalachin, NY


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Our Trail Sites

Hiawatha Island


312 Marshland Road

Apalachin, NY



From Waterman Center take Route 434 west 2.2 miles from Hilton Road. Turn right on west end of Marshland Road. Take third driveway on the left.

Brick Pond

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546 East Front Street

Owego, NY 


Directions: From Route 17, take exit 65 to 17c west toward Owego. Travel approximately

1 mile. Turn right on East Front Street. A parking area is a few blocks on the right.

Apalachin Marsh

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5400 Route 434

Apalachin, NY


Directions: Apalachin Marsh is located between the east and west-bound lanes of Route 17. Access to the site is from Route 434, about one-half mile west of Hilton Road. Turn right and walk through the opening in the fence under Route 17.

IBM Glen

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150 Robinson Hill Road

Endicott, NY



From 17 West take the exit 70 N and turn left at the light. Continue on Harry L. Drive west. Harry L. Drive turns into Watson Blvd 1.0 miles. Take Watson Blvd .09 miles then turn right onto Country Club Road. Turn right onto Robinson Hill Road. The entrance to The Glen is about 1.2 miles up Robinson Hill Road on the right-hand side. 

From 17 East, take the exit 70 N and turn left at the light. Continue on Harry L. Drive west. Harry L. Drive turns into Watson Blvd 1.0 miles. Take Watson Blvd .09 miles then turn right onto Country Club Road. Turn right onto Robinson Hill Road.

Pettus Hill Nature Preserve


Abby Road

Windsor, NY 



Travelling Eastbound on Route 17 from Binghamton, Take Exit 77, West Windsor. 

Turn right at the end of the ramp, drive about 100 yards and make a left turn on Fox Farm Road. 

Go .5 miles and turn right on Roberts Road Go .4 miles and turn right on Abbey Road. 

Go .6 miles and bear left at the “Y” intersection. Go .1 miles to where the road crosses the power line right-of-way.  Turn left and drive about 50 yards along the right-of-way to the parking area along the fence. The chain on the entry gate is loose enough to admit pedestrians, but not vehicles.