What’s There to Do at the Watershed?

Everything! Watershed trails are open from dawn until dusk and feature beautiful vantage points from our three habitats. Explore the trails or stop in the center to learn more about prairie, wetland, and forest habitats. Join in WNC's many opportunities for learning and connecting with nature, from restoration events and annual 5k run, to custom field trips created by our certified educators.

Welcome to the Watershed

The Watershed Nature Center is home to over 40 acres of prairie, forest, and wetland habitats. The center features paved walking trails, a raised marsh walk, and a welcome center. The Watershed is dedicated to providing environmental education, passive recreation, and enjoyment of native habitats for Edwardsville and surrounding communities.



The Watershed Nature Center was founded in 1991 as a result of volunteer efforts from concerned community members dedicated to the restoration of natural habitats and environmental education.


Great Egret - Ardea albaThe Watershed Nature Center is owned by the City of Edwardsville, managed by the Nature Preserve Foundation, Inc., and supported by a local community of volunteers and sponsors. The Watershed Nature Center is part of the Cahokia Creek watershed.