Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve, Evansville

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Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve is a 240acre nature preserve located in Evansville, Indiana. It is a National Natural Landmark and a State Nature Preserve owned by the City of Evansville and operated by the non-profit Wesselman Nature Society.The preserve consists of over 190acre of virgin bottomland hardwood forest complemented by an additional 50acre of younger forest, field, and pond. The woods consist of sweetgum, sugar maple, tuliptree, shumard oak, and green ash throughout. It is the largest tract of virgin forest located inside any city limits in the United States.The oldest trees are over 400 years old. Among the largest of their species are 24 state champions and two national champion trees. One of the tallest trees in the state is a tulip poplar located within the park. It is 147ft tall with a 13.2ft circumference and 81ft canopy.Animal species include squirrels, raccoons, gray foxes, coyote, and whitetail deer. The woods also serves as a refuge for a variety of woodpeckers and owls.
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  • A hidden gem the Nature Center has children activities plus a wild bird viewing area Lots of nice hiking trails and a small, but informative welcome center The 200 acre Wesselman Woods is in the city ...  more »
  • Wesselman Woods is a hidden gem close to downtown. Lots of nice hiking trails and a small, but informative welcome center. Staff occasionally have rehabilitation animals out for close view on the week...  more »
  • The Nature Center has children activities in it, plus a wild bird viewing area with tablets to help you identify the birds by call, markings and size. Just outside the viewing area there are "rescued"...  more »

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