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Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve is an Indiana State Nature Preserve and National Natural Landmark. This old-growth lowland forest is a crucial habitat for a wide variety of animal species, including mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. A Nature Center on the western edge of the property offers hands on educational exhibits and a wildlife observation area. On-site programs are offered to school, civic and scout groups throughout the year. No other city in the United States with a population exceeding 100,000 has within its corporate limits, a timber stand of such acreage and sylvan qualities.

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Address

Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve
551 N. Boeke Rd.
Evansville, IN 47711

Hours

Tuesday – Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm
Closed Mondays

Weather Policy – When EVSC closes for snow, Wesselman Woods Nature Center & Preserve will also be closed. Wesselman Nature Society also reserves the right to close the Nature Center & Preserve based on other inclement weather situations.

Admission

Adults – $5
Children (Ages 3-12) – $3
Group rates available

Directions

Enter Wesselman Park; stay to the right. Once you reach the forest the road takes a sharp left. After a quarter of a mile, the entrance is on the right.

Guidelines

Help keep the land beautiful by observing these guidelines:

  • Foot traffic only. No bicycles or mechanized vehicles are allowed. Jogging is also prohibited. These activities disturb hikers and wildlife. Strollers are permitted if kept on the trail.
  • Stay on designated trails. Off-trail hiking results in significant damage to the plants and animals that live on the forest floor.
  • Pets are not permitted in Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve.
  • No harvesting. All plants, animals, and minerals on this property are protected. Removing, damaging, or disturbing any natural resource is prohibited by law. Please leave all rocks, feathers, leaves, bones, etc. in place for the enjoyment of future visitors and the continued health of the ecosystem.
  • Smoking is not permitted. A fire in this forest would be catastrophic. Please extinguish all items before entering the property.
  • Feeding wild animals is prohibited. Please enjoy the animals from a safe distance. Feeding animals human food is detrimental to the health of those animals.
  • Do not litter. Litter lessens the quality of the outdoor experience for everyone, and can be a hazard to wildlife. If you would like to pick up litter along your hike, bring a trash bag with you.

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Self Touring Groups Policy

The guidelines for self-touring groups will be changing effective March 1, 2016. Groups of 15 or more people who wish to tour the Nature Center and Preserve on their own must call two weeks ahead to make a reservation. Groups who arrive without a reservation may be denied access to the nature center if a scheduled program is in progress. Self-touring groups of more than 20 people must have a plan in place to divide into smaller sections and take turns visiting the lobby exhibits.