DAYS AND HOURS OF OPERATION
*Fall-Spring Hours: Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm-4pm (*as well as Friday, May 24)
The WEC will be CLOSED on the following date(s): TBA
Summer Hours: (Memorial Day to Labor Day) Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 12pm-4pm
*Meet the Animals: Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm & 2:30pm year round (*Except any denoted dates above or on our website announcement bar/Facebook page)
25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson. Find directions here
Museum Members - Free. Not-yet-Members - $5 per person ages 3 and up
About the WEC
The Wildlife Education Center (WEC) is the home of many animals that can be found in our local woods, fields, ponds and rivers including, rabbits, turtles, frogs, toads, salamanders, snakes and fish. As well as a screech owl, a great horned owl, and of course the crowd favorite, Edgar, our resident crow that says "hello!"
You can also enjoy our on-going family friendly programs and exhibits included in admission:
"Meet the Animals": Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm & 2:30pm. This program made possible in part by The William Froelich Foundation
The "Stomping Grounds: Habitats of the Hudson Valley" exhibit in the Ogden Gallery:
This exhibit made possible in part by The Dorr Foundation
This interactive and engaging exhibit will provide a new level of engagement for visitors featuring interactive elements for kids of all ages. What’s so special about a beaver pond? What makes areas along the Hudson River unique? What’s the one place in the Hudson Valley that’s protected for migrating, meadow-loving birds? How can we keep these areas wild, but still use them for recreation and learning? Find out more about the vast array of habitat types that are right in your backyard as you explore new interactive elements, toys, books, and games. This indoor space is a great area to spend the afternoon with children.
Humans interact with habitats every day. When we think of the word “habitat” we might picture a pristine area, secluded from humans, where exotic animals roam. What we might not think about are the habitats that are within arm’s reach. The patch of grass between the house and the driveway might not seem like an impressive natural area, but that small piece of land probably supports more life than you realize. Maybe there’s a rabbit digging its nest underneath a hydrangea, a bee gathering pollen from a dandelion, a worm munching leaves blown in from nearby oaks, or a box turtle passing through.
It’s important to remember that how we interact with our natural surroundings has an impact. There are obvious offenses against nature, like littering, but there are less obvious ones, too. Spraying herbicide on a dandelion gets rid of the plant, but it may have the undesired effect of making the bee sick or the herbicide washing into local water sources via runoff. Stepping off the path to avoid a puddle in the middle of a hiking trail keeps your feet dry in the moment, but over time this action could widen the trail, damaging plants and soil through compaction or erosion.
Our local habitats will be the topic of our upcoming natural history exhibit at the Wildlife Education Center, opening in the spring of 2019. Our “Birds on the Wing” exhibit has been on display in the Ogden Gallery since the winter of 2017 and in that time we’ve learned a lot about how best to use the space. We’ve enjoyed watching kids make bird-food picnics, pretend to fly with costume eagle wings, and draw songbirds from the window viewing station. We want our young community members to become just as immersed in our new Habitats exhibit. There’s a lot to see in the Hudson Valley and this exhibit will focus on the many different types of habitats you can visit without traveling far and how to make your visits more sustainable.
Click here to enjoy a brief video in order to learn more about the Wildlife Education Center, the Nature Museum, its mission, and some of the many wonderful programs offered!
For more information call 845-534-7781