Benjamin Olewine III Nature Center

The Benjamin Olewine III Nature Center is a haven of opportunities for those interested in nature.

Olewine Nature Center Hands-on Nature Displays watch the birds Wetlands Laboratory

The nature center was built through the generosity of Benjamin Olewine III. Mr. Olewine has a deep love of nature and wanted to provide to others the ability to learn, the opportunity to sit peacefully and watch nature. In addition he wanted a place for children to interact with nature, and to help all understand Wildwood and the role it plays in the Susquehanna Valley conservation efforts.

Constructed in 1999, the Nature Center opens its doors Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. allowing visitors to peruse through the exhibit area that depicts the areas natural resource information and shop in the unique Nature Store.

Children are invited to check out nature from the inside-out by climbing through a tree or enjoy a book in the reading area where parents can sit and read to them.

Bird enthusiasts can watch the birds from the special glass enclosed bird blind that overlooks the lake and offers numerous bird feeders that attracts an abundant number of species that come to eat.

Educators find ample opportunities to bring their school children to learn about nature in an outdoor classroom supported by a wetlands laboratory setting with a wide range of special programs offered through the Wildwood Staff.

Walking into the Nature Center is like being outside in a controlled atmosphere! Even the restrooms show signs of wildlife as you encounter a variety of footprints left by the “natural” habits of the area.

The friendly staff is eager to answer questions and provide directions to make visiting a pleasing experience.