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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.

Center Hours

M-F 9am -4pm

Sat 10am - 4pm

closed Sundays


Open dawn to dusk daily


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

Special Guided Programs on Saturdays

Join a Waterman Center Nature Expert every Saturday at the times posted below for a guided hike or informative talk at our interpretive center in Apalachin.  Cost:  $5 per person.  Buy your tickets in our Nature Shoppe up to 30 minutes prior to start time!

11:00 AM Guided Walk

Explore a segment of our 5 miles of nature trail and learn about our flora, fauna, and conservation topics.  Be ready with your phone or camera to capture incredible views!  Duration:  approximately 1 hour.  Please come dressed for uneven terrain and current weather conditions!

Check out our upcoming guided hike topics HERE!

Drop-In Microscopy Corner

1:00-4:00 PM

Are you ready for an extreme close-up?

Learn how to operate a dissecting microscope and examine a selection of materials - up close and personal.  

Includes a brief orientation to our microscopes by a Waterman staff member.

2:00 PM Center Talks

The topic of these 30 minute informative talks will rotate from week to week.  Check back from week to week or follow us on Facebook for this week's selection!  Some of our regular talks are:

  • Ted Talk - Ours happens to be about our Tortoise, Ted, but is equally informative and inspirational.

  • Birds and Nests - Examine a selection of regionally common songbirds and their corresponding nests.  Learn a few interesting facts about each species.

  • Center Tour - Walk through our interpretive center with a naturalist who will highlight a few interesting and/or seasonally or historically important exhibits and answer your questions!

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.

Background image courtesy of Outside the Box Photography


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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1250 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


125 Abby Road

Windsor, NY 



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

Turn right at the end of the ramp, turn right at end of the ramp, then take an immediate left on Fox Farm Rd. 

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. Use the pedestrian opening in the fence by the parking area to enter the property.

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