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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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  • 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 »
  • We love hiking at Wesselman's in their virgin timber woods. Their animal shelter is family friendly and top notch! The is truly a treasure in the city.  more »
  • I've loved Wesselman Woods since I was a child, and I've been more times than I can count. However, my last visit was right when they began charging for entry and the experience I had will probably ke...  more »

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