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The mission of WNS is to create experiences which connect people with nature, motivate them to lead sustainable lives and take action to protect wildlife and wild places.

The Wesselman Nature Society (WNS) is a 501c(3) not-for-profit, environmental organization. We were founded in 1972 for the purpose of protecting the 200 acre tract in Evansville, Indiana now known as Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve. Today, the Society is responsible for the management and daily operations of Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve, as well s our west side property, Howell Wetlands, as well as the Canoe Evansville program. 

Working in partnership with the City of Evansville, Wesselman Nature Society provides environmental education and outdoor recreation experiences designed to awaken the senses and enrich the lives of area residents and visitors. The Society is governed by a member volunteer Board of Directors charged with ensuring the sustainability of our properties and the continued success of our programming, in keeping with our mission and strategic plan. If you or your organization would like more information about Wesselman Nature Society or its programs, or would like a presentation for your local group, contact us at (812) 479-0771.

We invite you to visit our facilities and introduce your family to the joys and benefits of their outdoor world. Whether you are seeking solace, enrichment or adventure, we’ve got a place for you!