Watsonville Nature Center
In 2004 the City of Watsonville, through the stewardship of the Department of Public Works & Utilities, established the City’s Nature Center as a place for community environmental learning and wetland exploration; and to act as the gateway to the award winning City trails. Over the last 17 years, the little trailer in the back of Ramsay Park that we’ve all come to know as Watsonville’s Nature Center has been serving as a space where community members of all ages can learn about local habitats, receive free conservation devices, and participate on guided nature walks. The Center has also served as a one-stop shop for residents to learn about composting, waste reduction, recycling, water conservation, pollution prevention, and conservation rebates among many other topics.
Our Hope for the Future
The dream of having a bigger and permanent center is getting closer. Thanks to funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Watsonville will have an accessible space where they feel welcomed and inspired to connect and engage in sustainability and environmental conservation. The new center will continue to serve our diverse community, bringing them closer together to embrace our local natural, cultural, and historical resources and contribute to their preservation. Through climate action, pollution prevention, and emergency preparedness participation, our hope is to continue to create a more informed, connected, and resilient Watsonville.
What’s Your Hope?
Tell us what would you like to experience and learn at the new center. Residents share their ideas in person over the next six months when joining us during our ongoing activities, or share your ideas via email at email@example.com.
Activities During Construction
Our Nature Center team will continue to host a series of free, bilingual nature walks, workshops, and events as we believe that our local community plays a vital role for the conservation, restoration, and the overall protection of the environment. These activities will continue fostering behaviors that reconnect us to the environment and that prepare us for the new challenges the world is facing with climate change.