Grand Opening!

Check out our new online Nature Shoppe

Get a head start on holiday shopping!

Book Discussion:

11/21/2020 ~ 10am

Join Rich Lettis and our Librarian, Deanna, as they discuss the "The Complete Birder."

Free, and open to the Public

No reservations will be required, masks and social distancing will be required

Trails remain open at all nature preserves from dawn till dusk. 


Dear fellow nature lovers, families, educators, hikers and explorers alike.  Our Interpretive Building at 403 Hilton Rd. Apalachin, NY will be open to public and resume normal hours beginning Saturday, August 15th.


In accordance with current recommendations to slow and reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) masks will be required inside the building.  We also ask that you fill out our contact tracing log.



Please note that ALL of our hiking trails and nature preserves will remain open to the public and free of charge from dawn until dusk, 365 days a year as always.  We strongly encourage everyone to take advantage of this resource to get out of the house, breathe fresh air, exercise, and de-stress.  During these trying times, we are fortunate to have such a beautiful and beneficial landscape to give us respite from harrowing circumstances.


Trail maps for the following nature preserves may be found HERE.   

Questions may be sent to

       Apalachin Marsh

          Brick Pond

          Hiawatha Island

           Hilton Road Preserve

          IBM Glen

           Pettus Hill Preserve

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:

info AT

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.

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