5HF Note: Friends groups are the life blood of many non-profits and services provided to our service area. These organizations provide integral support that goes beyond raising funds. Our 5 Healthy Towns area is grateful to the support these groups provide, and for the connections and purpose they provide. Below is the story of one of these groups – the Waterloo Natural Historical Association. Check out our resources section to learn more about WNHA and other like-minded organizations.
Since 1981, the Waterloo Natural History Association (WNHA) has been helping people enhance their experiences with nature. Whether you explore the dark, tangled recesses of the black-spruce bog, or enjoy listening to the chorusing of woodland frogs, the WNHA will help you discover the natural wonders of the Waterloo Recreation Area.
The WNHA is a 501c3 charitable organization whose purpose is to provide both educational and recreational opportunities to people visiting the Waterloo Recreation Area. The Association is composed of concerned citizens who want to support environmental education and help promote the Waterloo Recreation Area as a valuable community resource. Everyone is welcome to become a member.
As a support organization for the Waterloo Recreation Area, including the Eddy Discovery Center, the WNHA fills an important role in extending what the Department of Natural Resources can provide. In addition to the educational events that are held regularly, such as the Annual Maple Syrup festival and educational programming, WNHA also funds projects to help improve visitors’ experiences and manages the gift shop. Past projects have included updating and maintaining exhibits in the Discovery Center, establishing a natural play area, restoring signage in the park, constructing the observation deck, and funding boardwalks on trails. In order to achieve these goals, the WNHA depends on support from donations, memberships, and gift shop sales.
The Eddy Discovery Center is the nature center for the Waterloo Recreation Area and is located at 17030 Bush Road, three miles west of downtown Chelsea. A recreation passport for your vehicle is required for entry. To learn more about the WNHA or to become a member, visit the website at www.wnha.org or Friends of Waterloo:WNHA on Facebook.