Frequently Asked Questions
NWC is dedicated to environmental education. Guests are welcome to passively enjoy nature. They can walk our trails, read a book, bird, take photographs, write, and explore. We encourage guests to engage with nature while being respectful of other guests and the environment.
No. It is free to park and explore NWC.
Visitors often see several species of semi-aquatic turtles, sunfish, large-mouth bass, green frogs, green treefrogs, black rat snakes, black racers, northern watersnakes, white-tailed deer, grey squirrels, swamp rabbits, and muskrats. We are also home to numerous bird species such as Red-shouldered Hawks, Great Blue Herons, Belted Kingfishers, Indigo Buntings, Eastern Phoebes, Red-headed Woodpeckers, & Pileated Woodpeckers. For more specifics on seasonal viewing opportunities, we encourage guests to check iNaturalist and eBird data for our site.
Wildlife Viewing Permits are sold at Newman Wetlands Center. You may pay with a credit card or cash. Learn more here.
No. We do not allow pets or therapy animals on our site because the area is maintained as a wildlife sanctuary and educational facility. Certified service dogs are allowed on-site; however, if a dog described as a certified service animal is seen causing disruptions to visitors, wildlife, or plant life, their owner will be asked to leave.
Absolutely. We have several picnic and seating areas on-site that can be used for enjoying a meal. We ask that you pack out what you packed into the area including trash, fruit peels, fruit cores, nut shells, seeds, etc. Please note that these picnic areas are sometimes occupied by student groups visiting us on a field trip and may not be available.
No. We only reserve our picnic areas for groups on-site for guided programs.
In most wetlands, water levels fluctuate based on air temperature, precipitation, and plant activity. At Newman Wetlands Center, we also have an active beaver population that is continuously altering how the water from Pate’s Creek flows by building earthen and wooden dams. You’ll have to talk with them if you don’t like the changes.