The 4,200 SF Wade Bourne Nature Center is located within Rotary Park. The facility opened in the fall of 2020 and blends harmoniously into the surrounding wooded landscape. The single slope roofline features a prominent skylight that will illuminate the interior space. Large windows create an open, airy feel with views for nature watching at treetop level. Exhibit areas dedicated to permanent and temporary displays and hands-on activities will allow visitors to learn about the natural history of this special place. The nature center experience is not limited to the inside of the building. As visitors approach they will see demonstration gardens on either side of the entry walkway with pollinator and butterfly gardens.
The center is a tribute to Wade Bourne, one of the most recognized and respected journalists in the field of hunting, fishing and resource conservation. His dedication and appreciation for the natural world is honored at the Center.