McDowell Nature Center serves as the gateway to the 1,108-acre McDowell Nature Preserve and is the source for educational programs and information on the preserve’s natural communities, flora and fauna. The center features live, native animals, a discovery hall, and gift shop. Outside, visitors can stop and observe nature in action at the National Wildlife Federation-certified Backyard Habitat Garden, which includes bird-feeding stations, butterfly gardens and demonstration compost area. The preserve has a wide variety of recreational opportunities including hiking, fishing and canoeing.

The year-round (weekends only Dec.-Feb.) campground accommodates everything from motor homes to primitive camping and offers full service Rent-A Tent camping where tents, cots, and other gear are provided and set-up prior to your arrival. It’s come as you are camping!


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