NATURE PRESERVE

267 acres is set as habitat for both our native plant and animals species. Our nature preserve houses many native animals including white tail deer, wild turkey, red and fox squirrel, chipmunk, bull frogs, screech owl,  coopers hawk, blue birds, butterflies, of course our mascot –  the snapping turtle – and so many more! These animals depend on the native trees, shrub and wildflower plant species for both food and shelter. 

The nature preserve includes diverse natural features. Visitors will find 3 ponds filled with turtles, frogs, muskrats, fish and lots of water bugs. The Kearsley Creek winds through the preserve and meets the oak & beech forest. The sugar bush maple forest is comprised of small and mature trees of which we tap each March during our Sugarbush Festival.  Wetland area and a beautiful bluebird open field habitat can be seen from the miles of hiking trails. 

Manmade features in the preserve include:

  • Dock for viewing turtles and fish
  • Observation tower that lets you look out over the wetland habitat
  • 4 scenic bridges
  • Old fashion windmill
  • Countless benches
  • Sugar shack where we boil down the sap from our maple trees every year
  • Dewater Educational Center that currently houses the Foote Bird collection