Robert W. Nichol Nature Preserve and Science Center

The Robert W. Nichol Nature Preserve and Science Center is located on 4.1 acres of land in the village of Hancock, of which .81 acres is wetlands. The Nature Preserve and Science Center, named in appreciation of the wetlands donor, is unique in that it is located in the village of Hancock and readily accessible to visitors. The property is owned and maintained by the Hancock Community Education Foundation.

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Latitude: 41.951146 Longitude: -75.267105 Elevation: 1408 ft
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Recreational Opportunities

The Nature preserve offers groomed nature trails that allow visitors to identify flora, fauna, a wide variety of trees, and the observance of bird and animal life. Located throughout the trails you will find various picnic areas to relax and enjoy the outdoors. If you are visiting during undesirable weather a covered pavilion and picnic area is available at the science center. The Science Center is complete with study facilities, worktables, study lights, and science room equipment that provides an enhanced science-based educational experience for scheduled visits. We offer monthly programs for children and families and the building is available to use for private parties and events for a nominal fee.

Seasons Accessible

The Nature Preserve and Science Center is open from April-December.



Accessibility Notes

The Science Center isĀ ADA.

Pet Friendly Notes

This is not a pet friendly area.


How about you hire (I will do it for free actually) an actual naturalist and nature photographer to run the place during the spring, summer and early fall months? I am open for it. I have an expansive resume of photos and contributions if you care to explore. I live at Somerset Lake most of the warm season and would be happy to be a part. That includes butterfly walks, birding and mothing nights.

Eric Curtis Cummings, 7/6/2017

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