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Wetland Nature Centers

From town parks to national wildlife refuges, from nature preserves to state parks, there are wetlands on many lands that are open to the public for recreation, education, and to observe nature. Whether you look close to home or across the state, you can find wetlands that are easy to explore on boardwalks or trails, or more challenging remote places that take hiking boots and a compass to seek out the beauty and mysteries they have to offer. Regardless of where you go, please exercise good nature manners: stay on trails so you do not trample sensitive vegetation, move quietly so you don't disturb wildlife, and do not collect or pick plants or animals; please don't take them from their homes!

Weblinks to Wetland Nature Centers not linked below can be found in the right hand column under "Links Leaving DEC's Website".

New York Wetland Nature Centers
Region County Wetland Nature Center
Region 1 Nassau County Cow Meadow Park
Science Museum of Long Island
Town of Hempstead Nature Area
Suffolk County Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Connetquot River State Park
Fire Island National Seashore
Lakeland County Park
Quogue Wildlife Refuge
Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge
Region 2 Staten Island Mount Loretto Unique Area
Region 3 Dutchess County Bowdoin Park
Putnam County Constitution Marsh Audubon Center
Orange/Sullivan County Bashakill Wildlife Management Area
Rockland County Iona Island
Westchester County Marsh Sanctuary
Marshlands Conservancy
Region 4 Albany County Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Rensselaer County Dyken Pond Environmental Center
Region 5 Clinton County Lake Alice Wildlife Management Area
Essex County Newcomb Visitor Center
Franklin County Paul Smiths Visitor Center
Region 6 Jefferson County Lakeview Wildlife Management Area
Minna Anthony Nature Center
Lewis County Tug Hill Wildlife Management Area
Oneida County Utica Marsh Wildlife Management Area
Oriskany Flats Wildlife Management Area
St. Lawrence County Fish Creek Wildlife Management Area
Upper and Lower Lakes Wildlife Management Area
Wilson Hill Wildlife Management Area
Region 7 Onondaga County Beaver Lake Nature Center
Oswego County Three Mile Bay/Big Bay Wildlife Management Area
Region 8 Monroe County Mendon Ponds
Braddock Bay Fish and Wildlife Management Area
Black Creek Park
Abraham Lincoln Park
Thousand Acre Swamp
Orleans County Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
Seneca County Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area
Schuyler County Queen Catherine Marsh/Catherine Creek Wildlife Management Area
Wayne County Zurich Bog
Huckleberry Swamp
Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area
Region 9 Cattaraugus County Allenberg Bog Audubon Nature Preserve
Chautauqua County Jamestown Audubon Center
Erie County Reinstein Woods Nature Center
Tifft Nature Preserve
Wyoming County Beaver Meadow Nature Center