GSC Facilities

Great Swamp Conservancy Facilities

 Nature Center

Main Office
Our main building is a restored farmhouse built in the 1820’s which serves as office headquarters, display area, and meeting room.  The adjacent large barn is used for a large variety of community events and is under construction as a Natural History and Science Museum.

Museum Signage

Natural History and Science Museum

The surrounding acreage, with its many pothole ponds and level ditching is a model in successful wetland reconstruction.  A prominent feature is a successful osprey nesting platform.  Miles of trails and a 900 ft board walk through a flooded wood provide unequaled opportunities for nature study.

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Trails
Directly across the road from the Nature Center, is 115 acres acquired by the GSC last year.  This land has yet to be named but hosts a variety of hiking trails. The trails are still in the developmental stage, but go through fields, along beaver ponds, and through forested lands.  There is a marked 5k trail that loops back to the nature center. Check out Joe DuChene’s East Trail Picture Blog.  There are also several trails on on the main property where there is a 900 foot boardwalk, assorted habitats, and “watchable wildlife”.  You can view the trail maps by clicking on the map pictures to the right.

Boardwalk through the trails


The Anne V. Pickard Wildlife Overlook
Located about one  mile west of the GSC Nature Center, the Anne V. Pickard Overlook was opened in 1998 as an effort to share nature with the public on private lands through limited access, and to memorialize an avid birder, nature lover, farm wife and mother.  The panoramic view overlooks an extensive wetland which is a stopover for uncounted thousands of migratory birds every spring and fall, and currently the site of a large Great Blue Heron Rookery.

The Anne V Pickard Wildlife Overlook


Simpson Park
Simpson Park, which includes the Gorman Children’s Fishing Area, is located on North Main Street, about 1/10th of a mile from the Center.  The park has a handicapped accessible fishing dock and picnic area and an easy walking perimeter trail.

Dock at Simpson Park


Sansone Nature Park
Sansone Nature Park is a 38 acre natural area with a stream, woods, and cedar swamp, located in Oneida Castle, NY.  The trails at this park are not yet developed.