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Wehle Nature Center Facilities

Wehle Nature Centers

The Robert G. Wehle Nature Center, located on 25 acres of rolling hill country in Bullock County, is designed to enhance the appreciation for conservation and an understanding of man’s relationship with the environment. It features conservation and environmental educational exhibits aimed at both students and adults. A state-of-the-art audiovisual theater focuses on the natural wonders of outdoor Alabama. A conference area/exhibit room is available for conservation meetings and hands-on nature presentations. Remote from the main building, at the edge of a small wetland, sits a viewing kiosk which gives young naturalists an up-close and personal experience with the inhabitants of Alabama's wetland. Three trails extend away from the Center, taking hikers on short, medium, and long treks through different habitats. These trails are augmented with interpretive stations highlighting the unique characteristics of many local plants and animals. A large pond provides opportunities for scheduled fishing events. The facility is used and/or provided by the Lands Division to promote environmental education either by its own staff members or educators from other divisions, agencies or institutions.  For More information email DCNR.WLCCMidway@dcnr.alabama.gov.

This Nature Center is located approximately 5 miles Southeast of Midway, Alabama in Bullock County on County Road 47. Take U.S. Hwy. 82 from either Montgomery or Eufaula to Midway and follow the "Nature Center" signs.

The Gatra Wehle Nature Center is located on Green Street in Historic Blakeley State Park, Baldwin County. An exact replica of the nature center in Bullock County, it also features conservation and environmental educational exhibits with a focus on one of Alabama’s treasures the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. Located a short hike from the Tensaw River the Gatra Wehle Nature Center also has a state-of-the-art audiovisual theater and conference area/exhibit room.  Located a short walk from the conference area/exhibit room visitors can view a kiosk focusing on inhabitants of Alabama’s coastal wetlands. Hikers can enjoy short, medium or long trips on the numerous established trails within the Historic Blakeley State Park. Historic Blakeley State Park is located north of Daphne, Alabama on highway 225.

The Wehle Nature Centers are available on some weekends for the general public; please see the schedule for events.  They are also available for groups larger than 15 during the weekdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm by appointment only.  Appointments for tours and programs at the Wehle Nature Centers can be made by phoning the State Lands Division 1-800-LAND-ALA.  Please indicate whether you are interested in a tour, educational program, or simply desire to use the facility for a meeting. Please be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • Arrival and departure time

  • Name of school or group

  • Address and phone number of contact person

  • Relative age group and number in party

  • Any special needs or program request (e.g., programs on wildflowers, birds or aquatic animals)

The Wehle Nature Centers do not provide for individual or group meals. Visitors staying through the noon hour are expected to make their own lunch arrangements (e.g., sack lunches from home).  Groups meeting for formal events may contact the State Lands Division regarding local catering arrangements. The Wehle Nature Center has no garbage pick-up, therefore, visitors are asked to follow the creed of the great outdoors: Pack it in, Pack it out!

 

 

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