Wesselman Woods Nature Center

Wesselman Woods Nature Center

Wesselman Woods Nature Center
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JSD47630
Chicago, IL427 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
This is basically a nice place to walk unless you are into botany. Good walking trail and during non-COVID times a visitor center that will answer your questions. In the middle of the city so not very large but if you are looking for a green place to hike this is Evansville's Central Park.
Written January 31, 2021
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Kendra B
Evansville, IN1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
I've been going to this place 40 yrs n shelter for kids bday. We always walked trails. But I will NEVER come back again!! It would cost $40+ $$. I always left donation but you're crazy to think families can do this. Pure sad
Written March 19, 2021
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Lauren G
Bowling Green, KY58 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Solo
I've loved Wesselman Woods since I was a child, and I've been more times than I can count. However, my last visit was right when they began charging for entry and the experience I had will probably keep me from coming back.

I understand the Nature Center needs to be updated so they want to charge for entry to earn enough for that, but now it's like they could care less about any nature education or awareness just if you pay the entry fee. The fee is also way too high for the lack of current amenities, so I'll probably just choose to go elsewhere to experience nature where the sole purpose is education and experience rather than profits.

I hope in the future, there is more focus on education and improving the amenities to make this the friendly and inviting place it once was.
Written February 14, 2017
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Rhonda F
Evansville, IN24 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Solo
Visited the nature center. Center staff were excellent with the grandkids-showing them different animals and instructing them in an age appropriate way about the different wildlife. The grandkids enjoyed the big turtle shell and the windowed room overlooking all the bird feeders was very relaxing change
Written February 26, 2018
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Suze F
e'ville39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Solo
What once were enjoyable trails are now pay-for-fee - $5, 13 and up. That's PER PERSON!!!! I think that is outrageous, and NO, no consideration for seniors - so forget that! Ages 3 to 12 fee is $3. Only children under 3 get in for free! That means, a family with two adults and two children are paying $20 for an outing, assuming teens.....up from $0 prior to April 1! Oh, yeah....you can buy a pass....and you won't want to see THAT fee!
Written August 7, 2016
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Hi Suze - Please know that the decision to charge admission was not entered into lightly and was done with much thought. We have options in place that will allow anyone who faces a financial burden to visit to still come, including a family pass which can be checked out from any EVPL with a Evansville Library Card. Charging admission helps us keep up with the costs of running and maintaining of the trails, preserve and nature center and to fund the educational outreach programs and conservation efforts. The best deal for families is our Family Membership, which is only $40. One benefit of membership is no admission fee for an entire year. This spring, we opened our interactive interpretive center which will add to the quality of a visit. In 2017, we will be opening our Nature Playscape. This play area is unlike anything seen in this area. With a membership, you also get discounts on Canoe trips, camps, children & adult programming, free admission to many special events and discounts on others, and reciprocal memberships to Nature Centers across the country.
Written September 21, 2016
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Suze F
e'ville39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Family
The nature preserve encompasses woodland trails, a bird deck to observe and ID birds, many programs geared toward kids and adults. One of the most remarkable programs for adults is a class to become a Hoosier Naturalist. Well worth the time and effort to attend and learn all about the area's natural history.
Written March 25, 2015
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Lisa P
Evansville111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013
We brought a picnic lunch and our bikes for a day in nature. The park is easy to navigate on a bicylce or if you want to take in walking path. Plenty of shelter houses, picnic tables, and green grassy areas to enjoy a day in nature.
Written June 9, 2013
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Scott W
Evansville, IN125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
Right in the middle of the city, but you will get lost in the woods. Take a walk just to get away. Bird watching is great
Written January 3, 2018
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Noah V
Princeton, IN238 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Family
A great place for a walk among the fall foliage and the old growth forest. A special treat to see a rehabilitating eagle.
If we lived closer to Evansville, a membership would make sense. As it is, the one time fee is high, but not prohibitive.

November, 2016
Written December 26, 2016
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Megahaole
Evansville, IN88 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Family
This is a review of the nature preserve, and not of the adjoining city park. It is a sizable urban forest with lots of critters and birds. We drive past the boundaries of it several times per week, and have seen deer and raccoon. Inside the woods, feeders attract numerous birds. Inside the modest visitor center, there is a viewing area facing the bird-feeding and birdbath area. It is underfunded, limited and often closed. In the summer the bugs can get unpleasant, but the thick canopy of old-growth trees makes for a cool, shady refuge from intense, muggy Ohio River Valley summer weather. In the autumn, it's nearly perfect - nice crisp temperatures and no bugs. The trails are in pretty good shape, don't stay muddy long. This place is very convenient, easy to get to, close to the region's largest mall, lots of restaurants, an IGA grocery store. Your fast food will still be warm, your ice unmelted when you arrive. Parking is close to the entrance, and there are picnic areas on the approach. A grassy reclaimed adjacent area (formerly Roberts Stadium and its vast parking) has been planted with saplings and will eventually be part of the Wesselman forest. A pedestrian bridge will link that area, in turn, to the landscaped grounds of a former mental hospital across the highway. So this destination is going to be even better in your children's future - it's worth returning every few years to enjoy the improvements.
Written September 24, 2015
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