Grand Reopening of Nokomis' Trail

10/24/2020 ~ 2pm

Join Girl Scouts Emily and Eleanora at the opening day 10/24/20 of the Nokomis Story Book Trail!

The girls will be talking about their project and presenting book readings at the Opening of the trail at 2:15. Masks and Social Distancing required. You are also welcome to come and enjoy the trail anytime starting 10/24. Walk the trail and enjoy the characters along the way. Sit and read a book or two that are found in the book boxes. There are Girl Scout Trefoils hidden in many of the character paintings. How many can you find?

For their Girl Scout Silver Award Project, Emily and Eleanora from Apalachin Girl Scout Troop #40514 remade and painted the story book characters that sit all along the trail, created and installed new book boxes, and installed them all in the new location in the Serenity Woods Trail. The Previous Nokomis trail is no longer suitable due to the number of falling trees. This project was originally created by Troop #99 in 2009.

Special Thanks to the following for helping to fund this entire project:
Troop # 40514 Girl Scout Cookie Community Partners - Confection Connection in Owego , Originals in Owego, Gigi’s Place in Apalachin , River Rock Diner Owego, and Rossi Pizza in Johnson City. They helped the Girls by Selling Girl Scout Cookies in their businesses for the girls when COVID stopped in person Cookies Sales.
Members of the Community - who attended the Troop #40514 Garage Sale this summer, purchased plants from our rehoming plant project, and from purchased cookies directly from the Girls.
Proceeds from all the above were used to 100% fund this project. And to Stephanie E. for your Rescue with the Auger!
Thank You for all your help!

*Trail Map: Serenity Woods is where this children’s trail will be located.

In light of the proximity of Broome County's 7 day stay at home order we are suspending volunteer activities at our Interpretive Center until October 11th. The Center will be closed on the 10th but will remain open with our usual hours.

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

Waterman themed masks are now available in our Nature Store for a small 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:

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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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